Last night, the last of my scab fell off of the incision in my belly button. After it fell off, I noticed what I thought was a piece of dry skin left behind. I tried to take it off, but I couldn't get a good grip on it. So I brought out the tweezers. That's when I realized that the piece of my "dry skin" was fraying at the end. Kind of like a . . .
Holy s*!&. A string was coming out of my belly button. But not just any string. It was my internal stitches.
After freaking out, tweeting, sending e-mails, texting, leaving messages with two of my family members who are RNs, consulting Dr. Google, and staring at it for a while, I finally decided to call and leave a message with the on-call nurse. She promptly paged the on-call doc and told me someone would call me soon. About 15 minutes later, the doc returned my call. Turns out that this happens all of the time. Apparently my body is just rejecting the stitches and this is it pushing the stitches back out. She said it would fall out on it's own or be ready to pull out in two weeks.
So for the next two weeks, I will have a string coming out of my belly button. Just one more sign that I am not normal.