henry_chinaski's - Profile page 2nd HT day one (post surgery)Posted :10/11/2014
Slept better than I thought. The nurse supplied me the a thin "beanie" to put over my bandages and dressings. It protected the grafts and wound very well so I didn't worry about it while I was sleeping. I slept slightly elevated and had no problems. I took one pain pill and a xanax before bed. Had to wake up once in the night about 6 hours later to take another pain pill but the pain wasn't severe, but wanted to get ahead of it just in case. I ended up sleeping for about 10 hours, I think my body needed it. I took the bandages off carefully and sprayed the saline solution on my grafts as instructed (and am continuing to do that every hour, again as instructed). I haven't really seen much of the donor area as it is mostly hidden from my hair, which is still decently long, but the graft area looks pretty gnarly (pics included). I had a few errands to run but for the most part of just staying home and relaxing, drinking a lot of water and keeping the graft area moist with the saline solution. I will take my first shower tomorrow and wash my hair as instructed (with the special shampoo I received from Dr. Meshkin). So far, so good. The pain is not bad, I feel a little out of it but that's to be expected. I look forward to getting the next 2 weeks over with, because once the scabs from the grafts are gone and the sutures are out I can just concentrate on the waiting for the hair to grow. I know from my first experience that it's a long process but at least the journey has begun. I feel that since I already have more hair from the first transplant that this process will go easier the 2nd time, but only time will tell.
another look after taking wrappings and donor bandages off
first look after taking wrappings off the graft area, still had bandage on donor area.
The back donor area...hard to see with all the hair I still have, will try to get another pic after showering.