Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hematoma

Today was a pretty eventful day for us which included a trip to the ER. We got up around 9 this morning and I went to go get my haircut while Tim took a nap on the couch. When I got home we decided to talk a walk before all of the snow from last night melted. Tim got off the couch, I helped him put his shoes on and as he walked over to put his jacket on he felt down by his incision and found that it was leaking pretty badly, including a good bit onto the floor. We decided to head to the ER to get it checked out but Tim made me clean up the part on the floor before we left so it wouldn't "stain the wood."

We went to the North Greenville Campus of Memorial so we could get there faster and had a short wait to get back to see the doctor. Once we got back there the doctor ended up being an old friend of the Brights and was incredibly helpful. He explained that due to the intense bruising on Tim's stomach (aka a hematoma) he had most likely developed a seroma which is simply a pocket of fluid that can collect after surgery. At some point of Tim's moving around the seroma had managed to make its way through a weak portion of his incision. We were told to keep an eye on it and to visit his doctor on Monday just to have it checked again. It was great to learn that this is just a standard thing that sometimes happens with surgery and wasn't something we needed to worry about.

After leaving the ER we came back to the house and had a little lunch after Tim got settled into the couch again. His friends Jason and David came over (as well as Jason's girlfriend) and hung out with us for awhile. David stayed over for dinner, Mrs. Haas's awesome Chicken Pot Pie and some overly salted zucchini (guess I should've been paying a little more attention to what I was adding while I was cooking :)), before heading back to Atlanta. We're just taking it easy and watching some of the Olympic games before we take it to bed a little earlier than usual tonight. Hopefully tomorrow brings a much less exciting day for us!
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