I saw the doctor again today, and there was good news and bad news.
The good news (and it IS good news) is that the “under the armpit and over the shoulder” dressing is history, as are the ace bandage wraps on the arms. The incisions are healing nicely and I can use soap and water everywhere except where the drains are. And deodorant, which my colleagues at work will be very happy about, because I’m going back to work tomorrow.
The bad news is that I still have my drains. Much as I despise them, they are doing their job of drawing out fluid which helps me heal. I was close to crying when I asked the doctor if I was doing something wrong, or was there something wrong with me, that I have them so long. He was very kind and took my hand and said, “There is nothing wrong and there is nothing to change. People heal at different times and different ways, and no one way is better than another.” It did help.