In mid August I had a new, bad pain on my side/back. I noticed it on a Thursday and by Monday when it was still there, I went to my primary care doctor.
He decided to treat it as shingles as I had a couple of little rashes too. He also wrote a rx for an exray of my ribs.
I went to the exray facility and a few hours later got the call from my doc. office advising that I had a fractured rib!
I was told to take my pain meds and take it easy.
I did take it easy and laid around on my couch with a heating pad. I also took the heating pad to bed and slept on it.
The first week of Sep. I was taking a shower and felt something on the underside of my left breast (it's actually a mound of flesh w/an implant under it, from my mastectomy 12 years ago.). I looked in the mirror and was horrified to see an open wound.
I should mention that this area of my body is numb still and I normally quickly towel dry myself off after showering, put on a night-shirt or whatever and then go back into the bathroom to apply moisturizer, etc. Our bathroom is tiny and the mirrors are all steamy for a few min.
I had never seen such a terrible looking wound...much less, on MY body, it was truly horrendous.
I went back to my primary doc....he was mortified and called my onc. and they both decided I needed to see a plastic surgeon asap, as I probably would need a skin graft.
I have since been to (my original) plastic surgeon. We came to the conclusion that I burnt myself with the heating pad. I have a 2nd degree burn which I have had to "dress" everyday with Silver Sulfadiazine cream and a telfa pad. No air is alowwed on the wound. I live in FL. and am not allowed to go in the pool or ocean. The burn is healing, otherwise this doc. said he would have to remove the implant for a Year and do skin grafting, etc.
I'm sad to loose one of my best friends~my heating pad : (
He told me not to use one, period!
I am praying that it is healed by the end of Oct. as my husband and I are embarking on an 8 nt. Southern Carribean Cruise to celebrate our 11th anniversarry. Last year @ this time I could hardly walk from my bone cancer in my hip....
Love to all my "sisters" out there! XOXO
Don't sleep with a heating pad !