As you can see those stitches are useless and the only thing holding that line in place is a little cuff in his neck, so the line has come out a little bit. It still is in position though and draws back and flushes just fine for me.
He hates this part the most. I have to scrub alcohol on the site and it hurts him so bad. Plus when I take the dressing off its red and sore from that so that doesn't help either. The times when I have had to do this by myself and there is no one there to hold his hand he screams bloody murder. I'm surprised I haven't had the cops called on me yet.
This part is the hardest for me as well. I hate the fact that Im the one that's causing him pain. I know Im doing it for his own good but it still breaks my heart and physically makes me nauseous when he starts screaming.
After I let the alcohol dry I have to put cavilon around the edges. This helps protect his skin and helps keep the dressing on a little longer. It looks like Im putting it right on the site in this pic but Im just putting it around where the white part of the tape will go. As you can see the crying has stopped and he has a relieved look on his face. He likes this part the best because he says its soothing for him.
Finally Im ready to put the dressing on. The whole ordeal only lasts about ten minutes but seems longer because after Im emotionally drained.
Then we get to repeat this lovely process in four days. Definitely not the funnest thing in the world.