Five Routine Minutes: Don’t Pick At Your StitchesPosted: January 5, 2012
Back before Christmas, I had that surgery I’ve written so much about. It was good. I went in hurting, I came out completely pain-free.
I did end up with a giant bandage on the side of my neck, but that was a small price to pay for the relief. The bandage came with strict instructions – do not take the bandage off, do not get the bandage wet. They really didn’t mention why those things were so important. The instructions were very specific though, so I figured out that the consequence might be pretty severe.
They told me to leave it alone, but they gave me an extra bandage in case I needed it.
A week and a half later, my beard was growing in and I still had the bandage. Do you know what isn’t a good combination? Medical tape and a beard. They were so direct – wear the bandage, don’t get it wet. I was stuck with a hairy face and tape. It was starting to hurt, so I called the doctor’s office.
The person who answered the phone put me on hold to talk to someone who might bless the idea of me getting rid of the bandage. She came back a few minutes later and said it was alright for me to get rid of the problem.
Then she added something unexpected.
What kind of person has to be told not to pick at their stitches? I don’t know, but until she said it to me, I was certain that I was not one of those people. I thought I’d made a good impression on the doctor and his staff in the run up to the surgery. Somehow, they developed the idea that I am a stitch picker. Where did I go wrong?
Maybe I was talking in my sleep during surgery.
I am certain I am not a stitch picker person, no matter what I said in the operating room.
Even though no one told me what would happen if I fooled with my stitches, I just defaulted to the worst case scenario and decided I wouldn’t do it.