I met with my plastic surgeon and his nurse today. The overarching theory is that the skin is so damaged from radiation, and so saturated with fluid that the recovery / healing is really difficult. There appears to be slight gap in the stitches where the wound isn’t healed. It’s maybe a half inch wide. They ended up taking out only half of the stitches. They left the ones where the wound is seeping, around where the opening is. When they pulled the stitches out 3 of the holes sprung leaks of serum, too. It looks clear, and not infected, but they recommended I take antibiotics for a week as a precaution. I’ll be back to see them both in a week, or Monday if something happens over the weekend that seems questionable.
This healing process is getting old. Really, fucking, old.