I Am a Bicycle Tire Tube


18 Responses to “I Am a Bicycle Tire Tube”

  1. james4765 says:

    I recently had a bilateral inguinal hernia repaired, and the surgeon did the IV drip of antibiotic here in Virginia as well. Didn’t do the soap, but it was a laproscopic procedure. His only rule was to not shave in the incision area for a few days before…

    Seems to have done the trick – didn’t have any problems with infection afterwards.

  2. freddy nono says:

    I had the same surgery earlier this year. I have never had a surgery before. But it wasn’t too bad. The next day at home I was feeling pretty good and looking forward to a few days off. It would give me a chance to get some writing done. But then it hit me in a quick sweaty wave. Before I knew it I was vomiting into the bath room sink. Having stitches in my belly I couldn’t kneel into the toilet. It was awful. Every time I hurled I imagined my repair stitches getting messed up.

    I spent the next 3 days vomiting. I picked up some freaking horrible 72 hour stomach flu at the hospital. Worse, my wife, who was meant to be taking care of me got it too.

    The problem with hospitals is that they are full of sick people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As you were posting the article, I was having a very similar operation – incisional hernia repair. Right next to my bellybutton, incision about 10cm long. I had this done in the Uk, and nobody even mentioned washing before hand. Though if I say it myself I was smelling wonderful!
    Having just asked the nurse about this, she told me they used to do this but stopped years ago, after finding it didn’t have much of an impact.
    No idea as to how accurate or up to date this is, but interesting anyway.
    As for me – should be allowed home today, and can escape from the hospital “food”….

    • Glenn Fleishman says:

      Having just asked the nurse about this, she told me they used to do this but stopped years ago, after finding it didn’t have much of an impact.

      Odd, as there are piles of studies from the last decade that describe from reasonable to extraordinary reductions in infection from patient pre-surgery washing. A specific regimen has to be followed. Nurses sometimes are big spreaders of oral tradition, just like doctors.

      • Jennypen says:

        I think one of the biggest things that helps is that a clorhexidine shower gets things out of your hair. It is mind-numbing how much we can carry around in our hair when we get home from work. I was my hair every single morning before i go to work, for good reason – drives me bonkers when I see on House that new doctor with her gorgeous long hair straightened to perfection… doesn’t it get in her way when she’s doing ANYTHING? ew ew ew.

  4. OoerictoO says:

    i had knee surgery in June (my third), and i too noticed the crazy cleansing requests with the two “implements” wrapped in foil. i did as i was told, and no infections yet. :-)

    interesting article, you cyborg.

    one question: how would one go about seeing scar tissue on a naval (other than the stuff that’s already there)?

  5. TVDinner says:

    But were you vulcanized?

    • Cory Doctorow says:

      No one can know for sure until we check his ears for points.

      • Glenn Fleishman says:

        I opted for the cybernetic stomach implants, which will automatically convert biofuels into starchy potato products.

        • Anonymous says:

          The nurse called it a hibs scrub, or something like that I think. Possibly was not what you were talking about in the article. The national health service here is great in many ways (without them I wouldn’t be here to type this). But they are a massive bureaucracy, with lots of inertia and resistance to change. So I think its likely they’ve not got into it yet. And I didn’t get any superglue action either, which is a shame :(

  6. Aknaton says:

    Man, you never know what you’re going to find on BoingBoing. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. hkedi says:

    We are all a series of nested tubes. Everything else is a bunch of protuberances and divots.

  8. RobDubya says:

    I had exactly the same surgery as you (including the polyprop support) about 18 months ago here in Australia. I also had the two washes with a hospital-provided pre-soaped sterile sponge and I just thought it was business as usual. I was supposed to go home that same afternoon, but because I’m quite resistant to anaesthesia, they had to put me further under than planned so they kept me in overnight for observation. After a week or two of standing up VERY carefully I was fully healed and back to normal.

    Plus, it was completely covered by my government-provided health care. I had to wait about 6 months after my initial specialist appointment for the surgery, but the hernia wasn’t causing me any major problems so I was happy to wait for it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Can we watch you digest your food through the polypropyline window?

    On a more serious note, what prompted the surgery? Was it cosmetic, or was it causing you problems?

    • Glenn Fleishman says:

      Not cosmetic! This isn’t umbilicoplasty, to make a prettier belly button. I had a protrusion, checked with my doctor, was sent to a surgeon, and scheduled the operation. It got worse over the four weeks between me spotting it for the first time, and the surgery.

      You can ignore hernias, but they don’t get better on their own.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I was planning on having baseball cards inserted into my spokes, if you know what I mean….I hear it makes you feel younger.

    I went thourgh your surgery, twice. Obviously, the first failed (after 5 years) and the 2nd…well, lets just say I ended up in the emergency room. Keep an eye on it.
    Stay Inflated

  11. Jennypen says:

    You mentioned ‘especially obstetricians’ – i can understand this. I am a student midwife, and you simply would not BELIEVE how long it takes research in maternity to filter through to ground level. Consider this little story.

    We often have a little bit of trouble working out when babies pass urine – disposable nappies are so good at what they do that the first little trickles that indicate the system is, indeed, working can be nigh impossible to notice. As such, most paediatricians who check the babies physically and deem them fit for discharge generally accept this as they know when ladies go home they’re attended by a community midwife who will check up on this, and also they’ll have been fed quite a bit more by then, but every so often you get one who doesn’t really know and is going on hearsay. A few days ago, a paediatric registrar (ie, is training to be a consultant, so has already been training after medical school for at least 2 years) checked a baby, and came and got me and said ‘Did you put the cotton wool balls in the baby’s nappy?’ I responded of course not, I am well aware it’s an incredibly out of date practice and wouldn’t dream of it, it only makes parents MORE anxious and isn’t a good method of telling anyway, and she was satisfied with that.

    However, it did make me laugh, because a few months previously, an SHO (in the first two years after medical school) had been routinely telling parents to do this, and when I told her it was only going to make parents paranoid, she sniffed and told me it was ‘a good policy’. She was brand new straight into the system, and already she was using horrendously out of date practice! Gaah!

    I know it’s only a tiny story, but I feel it’s very much an analogy for much of what goes on…

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