My (final?) home nurse visit yesterday went well. Changing the appliance revealed that there had been absolutely no leakage under the wafer, which is great. The skin looked about the same as on Friday—i.e., the surface skin was improved, but the skin immediately adjacent to the stoma (and the “groove” surrounding it) remained extremely inflamed. At least we appear to be on the right track, and things are no longer getting worse. Unfortunately, my back pain persists, and I’m resigned that it may just be something I have to deal with it until it works itself out.
My takedown surgery is scheduled (August 30), and—barring any new developments—I’m hoping to return to work (at least part-time) next week. Although my return will last only a few weeks before my next surgery, I think it will be good to be off the couch and back in the swing of things. My firm has been extremely supportive and generous throughout this process, so it’s the least I can do to try to make them a little money before I have to go on leave again.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, my dogs are finally coming home. I still don’t think I’ll be able to walk them on my own (for fear that a sudden, powerful jerk will be more than I can handle), but it will definitely be nice to have them home.