March 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm #58761mlepp0416Participant
The comment about the Tegaderm Film coming loose is interesting to me. My husband Tom had an external drain tube for draining the bile that was building up in his system. We used Tegaderm Film to cover the wound and the site of the tube. His tegaderm never came loose, albit he did not go swimming, but even sitting in a tub full of water never caused it to come loose. He did not have a capped tube, and where the tube came out of the film, there was always just a little bit of area that was not completely sealed. I would think that with a capped tube the area could be completely sealed….
MargaretMarch 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm #58760
Betsy…too bad. It won’t work for me. Will be in Orlando until the 24th (Society of Surgical Oncology conference) and then drive to Ford Lauderdale. Next time though. Please, let me know.
MarionMarch 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm #58759
Hi Lisa –
Thanks for the laugh about Lowes
Let me know what happens tomorrow. I’ll be thinking of you. Hope all goes your way.
BetsyMarch 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm #58758
Actually I’m going to Ft. Myers. Is Fort Lauderdale nearby? I’ve never been. I will be there 3/15 thru 3/23.
BetsyMarch 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm #58757
Betsy….when will you be in Fort Lauderdale?March 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm #58756lisacraineParticipant
So glad to hear you are taking a trip. I hope you can go swimming. There has to be some way to seal that area off…maybe something from Lowes…just kidding
LisaMarch 12, 2012 at 11:03 am #58755
So glad to hear from you! How are you doing? Any more cholangitis?
Can you believe it – I’m down to one tube. But you know I still go one from problem to another. The drs want to pull the last tube but are hesitating because I now have a small collection of bile in the caudate lobe. I am also trying 75mg/day of zoloft to help control pruritus.
Anyway, I am taking a trip to Ft. Myers Florida and I want to swim. Did you have any side effects from the bandage getting soaked? How many times did you swim?
BetsyMarch 12, 2012 at 4:27 am #58754
Ha, ha, Bob…I was awaiting your response to Grover’s “one” tube only remark.
It reminds me of the cheer joy of when you titled your posting: “tubeless in Seattle. “
MarionMarch 12, 2012 at 3:56 am #5875332coupeParticipant
Are you really down to one tube!!!? Outstanding! On the subject of swimming, I tried, against my docs orders, to swim after covering the opening with two layers of tegraderm only to have water seep in after only 15-20 minutes. I just couldn’t sit at the edge of the pool and watch my grandsons play without “Papa”…
Blessing to all,
bobMarch 9, 2012 at 11:57 am #58752
Thanks everyone. Maybe my doc will have a compromise of some sort.
BetsyMarch 9, 2012 at 3:04 am #58751lainyParticipant
Betsy, I also wrapped Teddy’s tube in plastic wrap. He’s lucky I didn’t wrap the rest of him!!!!!!!!!March 9, 2012 at 2:16 am #58750leeannParticipant
Grover, glad to hear you are doing well. After my surgery I had a difficult time getting in and out of bed thanks to 27 staples across my ab. So they gave me a binder to wrap around my entire mid section. It’s kind of what you are using to replace tape except bigger. It made much easier to move around.
Betsy, I was allow only quick shower with tube. But I was scare of getting wet I had plastic wrap around when I was in the shower.March 9, 2012 at 1:36 am #58749
Grover…indeed this is amazing. Already you are handing out valuable advise.
Thanks so much. Good wishes for continued, speedy recovery.
MarionMarch 9, 2012 at 1:09 am #58748lainyParticipant
Grover, so good to see you posting!!!!!!! Here you are 1 week out and already making new inventions! Keep up the good work, you are a shining example of HOPE!March 9, 2012 at 12:36 am #58746groverMember
I think the answer is no. I just had a resection, left the hospital yesterday and have 1 T-capped tube coming out of my side. They told me no swimming, no bathing, I can shower and letting the water run over that side of the body is fine. Afterwards we use a saline cleaning agent to wipe around the tube wound. Then we cover it with gauze pads that they gave us. I don’t think you want unclean lake water getting anywhere around that hole in your body, even swimming pool chlorinated water. Why take the chance?
This is my new invention, I’m willing to share with all friends here. I was having trouble with the tape that holds the gauze pad to my body. Just pulled the skin, leaving red marks, could never get it too tight or too loose. When you bend over or sit up it’s always pulling at your skin.
I had my wife go get 1 of those elastic wraps that you would wrap a sprained ankle with, it’s 48 inches long. And just wrapped the pad around my waist to hold it in place. Pretty simple, it seems to work fine, my seepage from the wound is down to next to nothing, so all is working good, and I’m feeling lots better not having to pull that tape off every time to change the gauze pad.
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