I know, I know, quityerbellyachin! But how many of us remember having bandages on when we were children and hating to have them ripped off (the kinder, gentler way our parents said)?
Well, as it turned out I am allergic to the adhesives in bandages, tapes, steri-strips, etc. If you think I am exaggerating, you should see the scar I have on my face from my first surgery back in June where they had to tape my breathing tube.
Everyday since June 22, I have had to endure the pain and agony of having my dressings changed on my back! Bless my doctors, nurses and hubbies valiant efforts to use something that would be easy on me, I have endured the agony of tape being pulled off my skin.
It doesn't just hurt, it is quite painful. However, the other option is to return to the hospital with another infection & that is not an option in my book! This past Monday, I had the last of my stitches out and had steri-strips placed on my back & this time, they used spray adhesive to ensure the steri-strips stayed on (last time they were off before I got home).
Yesterday, each time I sat down, I could feel a ripping or tearing & since I can't see my back, I asked hubby to look at it. Without saying much, he said, 'yep, they are ready to come off,' as he was ripping them off and I have to say that those tiny little strips hurt more than all the tape I had on. Sadly, I still have 3 on which aren't ready to come off yet.
Sooooooooooooo, the next time you plan on ripping a bandage off, do those of us cowards a favor....soak it in some warm water first. You never know if we are yelling because of the hair coming off. Or, as in my case, my skin comes with it!