It's Oct 19th, and have now started my road to recovery. After the Dr. had broken my drain, my PS said he would like to wait 6 weeks for my TT to heal a bit before going to remove the drain, in fear it would open everything up again, and I would have to start the recovery from the beginning. During the 6 weeks of waiting, I went thru infections in my tummy from my body trying to reject this object(the drain) in me. Expensive antibiotics, constant trips to the hospital, I also had an opening where my TT wound was, it was about 3-4 cm wide. I was draining fluid (old blood) thru this as the tube in me was still acting like a drain, but with nowhere to drain, it was leaking through the wound. I am sure glad my Mom works for the Hospital b/c I went thru alot of dressing changes every hour - 2 hours for 6 weeks and I imagine It would have costed lots to provide all the dressing I went thru. I was in lots of pain and survived on pain killers for the 6 weeks. when it came time for my surgery, I was really nervous for having to undergo a second surgery being put to sleep. My PS found alot of gunk in my tummy from this drain settling in my tummy, he is not sure what is was. but it did make my tummy flatter (Amazing) after it was removed. My recovery from that, was not as bad, I was in a little pain, I did have to get another drain put in, which I was scared to have B/C I have a history of clotting, my first drains clotted, and when that came out the old blood poured out like flowing water all over the place, not a happy experience. So, I went to my PS to get the second drain removed and of coarse I was an emotional wreck, because of the journey I have already gone thru. when all was said and done, drain removed, staples out, I felt I was on the road to recovery. When I first came home after my TT, I cried after looking in the mirror, I could not believe I let someone do this to my body, sure I was unhappy before, that is why I got my TT, but to see that my tummy all cut up, it isnít easy, very emotional. So for the 6 weeks after.. lets just say, was a emotional rollercoaster, I had good days and alot of bad. One piece of advise for everyone getting a TT, brace your self for an emotional journey ahead, and make sure you have positive support, because with out it, it could be scary. I had contacted a Lawyer to find out what grounds I had on going after the Dr. who had broke my drain, and the lawyer said, he could not find any documented case for a broken drain, but in cases of botched stomach operations wherein the patient ultimately made a full recovery (ie. gauze or medical equipment left inside requiring subsequent surgeries to remove), he found that the range of damages was between $15,000.00 and $40,000.00.
and had said because doctors have insurance and their own Lawyers to defend them, It would not be a cost efficient way to win. He said I would be paying over 30,000$ or more into lawyer fees and such. So now, it leaves me basically with out any compensation. I sometimes think to my self.. "Suck it up" but then again, he should have expressed more caution and options. I am not sure when I am going to go with all this, but for now, til I find a lawyer who would take me on, I will continue to search.
Best of luck to all you TT woman. I hope nobody has to go through what I went thru.