I'm Betsy and have had drains for 5 years. LisaS post was so well done. I had a tube at the bra line too and bought demi-bras - not much support but very comfortable, pretty too. I am not able to cap my drains.
- If your stitches become sore, heat a wet, clean washrag in the microwave and then hold it against your stitches. It really helps speed up healing process and feels great.
- For pain relief I take percoset or tramadol.
- I use small binder clips to clip my bag to my pants. Most times, I can hide my bag inside of my pants. For showers, I have a cheapo plastic belt I wear that I clip my bag to.
- It takes me a couple of days to feel better after a tube change. Watch for signs of infection: fever over 100, right shoulder pain, nausea, bad chills. last thing you want is another trip to the hospital, yuck! I am taking a prophylactic dose of cipro. have jammies and nice clean sheets on my bed waiting for me when i get home from tube change oh, btw, i spend a fair amount of time in my pjs, so i have quite a few pairs....a girl has to have some fun, right!!
- I use 4x4 cotton squares to cover my stitches and paper tape to secure the squares. I had problems finding tape that didn't bother me.....didn't like silk tape. there are also wipes you can get a script for to use before you apply your bandage. Its called "skin-prep" by smith &nephew. many times my skin has gotten raw from tape so now i use this prep before using the tape. miracle product! Hope these tips help.