Not that I’m suggesting that I am one, at all, at all. Anyway: two suggestions (one serious, one not-so-serious).
- (Serious): If you’re worried whether a particular incision and/or suture (that looks bloody awful, or at least it does to your untrained eye) is healing properly, or whether it’s getting worse, take a picture* of it and check it several hours later, or the next day. That should let you tell ‘it’s getting worse’ from the ‘no, that was pretty much how it looked all along.’
- (Not-so-serious): If you’re going to have surgery that results in bruising, try to get the phlebotomist to muck up your IV so that you’ll get a bruise on your arm, too. That way, when you wake up to discover that the Bruise Fairy has come to your bedside in order to give you a present, you’ll have a handy (pardon the pun) baseline with which to compare the results – and not incidentally, keep you from panicking.
No, no thanks necessary for these helpful pro-tips. I’m a giver.
*I’ll spare you the pictures. As I said: I’m a giver.