This first photo was taken the day after the second surgery. The tape the second time was spread out a bit more, which was good in that it all was touching skin and therefore stayed on better. But it also left more gaps along the incision for scabbing.
This picture makes me feel a lot better. I am mostly seeing the scar in the mirror in the bathroom, so I'm in intense light and looking closely. It's nice to know that in sunlight and from a bit of a distance it doesn't actually look as scary as it does in my brain.
Otherwise I seem to be mostly back to normal, though I still get tired a bit more easily.
I have lost some sensation in the area just above the incision - I can't tell if that's still just swollen and it will come back or not. But when I was trying to get the sticky goo from the tape edges off with my fingernail it felt like ordinary scratching below the scar, and like I was scratching through several layers of padding on top.
The only other lingering thing from the surgery is some pain on the back of my left hand where the second IV was. It's located where the tip of the needle would have been, not the insertion site. It's not bruised but it is raised up right there, and it hurts to the touch. My veins are small and often hard to find, so I'm guessing that area just got stressed out, but if this doesn't go away by the end of the week I'll call the nurse at my surgeon's office just to check.
I am in MV at the moment, and have just finished cleaning as much as I'm going to clean in the old apartment. Now I just have to come back with a screw gun and spackle later this week and I'll be done. It's minorly depressing that the place was rarely this clean while I lived here, but that's okay.