OrioleFan's - Profile page Three weeks post 2nd HT
A little over three weeks have elapsed since my second HT by Dr.
Bernstein. The infection I experienced following the first session has
returned (Dr Bernstein took a culture - results TBD but likely acne
again) as feared. However, this time both Dr Bernstein and I are
prepared and monitoring the situation closely. I am also taking
minocycline (oral antibiotic) and cleocin (topical gel), coupled with
the occasional application of mupirocin and use of anti-bacterial soap.
So far the infection appears relatively contained - but it's difficult
to say at present given it started sooner this time around.
Virtually all grafts have shed, taking with them a lot of the
transplanted hair from the first session - sad! Recipient area
sensation is still reduced but not entirely numb - maybe 20-30%.
Practically, I can sense pressure upon touch, but no refined sense of
feeling. The infection (see comments above) makes it very delicate.
The donor area remains a little sore when touched and continues
makes for difficult
sleeping. Half of the staples were removed after 15 days (one week ago)
and half remain. The removal was a bit unsettling - midway during what
seemed like an uneventul removal I fainted in the chair! The
experience started with a feeling of lightheaded-ness, quickly followed
by a sweat and then I essentially fell asleep, lowering my head back
into the headrest. The nurse indicated this was fairly common as a
reaction to the pain - but oddly I did not think it hurt all that much.
I can conceive of still somewhat damaged/numb nerve endings signaling
one part of the brain about trauma, but not the pain signals. Either
way, it was weird, but the Doctor and nurse handled the situation well.