It has been 11 days since Hubby's dialysis catheter surgery. He is back to where he was before the surgery. I can't say that he is "normal" because for the last several month he has felt pretty sick every single day and I don't consider that "normal", even though it is his normal. I'm glad the effects of surgery are over though. I have been cleaning the exit site and changing the dressings everyday since Wednesday. Yesterday I wasn't thrilled with how the exit site looked and even called the nurse, but she was gone for the day. I told him if it didn't look better today I was taking him to the ER. Thankfully it looked better.
Everyone heals at a different rate. Hubby seems to be a slower healer. There is no time line for recovery. One person may heal in 2 weeks others might take 4. Healing the dialysis catheter exit site is very important, because without proper healing a patient won't be able to start dialysis. So take your time, protect the site, and don't rush the healing.
Sadly I wasn't able to locate a color image of this chart, but for now here is a black and white chart to help you determine the health of your exit site. When I locate a color chart, I will share that link with you.
*Disclaimer - all the information above is for information purposes only. I am not a nurse, doctor, or any type of medical professional. I'm a wife taking one day at a time while taking care of a husband with PK.