I had a CABGx5 in September of 2002. Since then, I had been doing well cardiac-wise, but slow in recovering from the surgery itself. I returned to work May 15th, 2003. Soon after, I developed a small hole in my second-lowest harvest site. It had been red and hard (scar tissue according to docs) around that particular incision. My doc gave me keyfex twice a day and told me to keep it bandaged until it healed. Well, four months and ten different antibiotics later, it hasn't. In fact, it is now 3/8th of an inch in diameter and a second wound developed about half an inch below it that is over 1/2 an inch around, and both are draining (I change band-aids daily). The area is recessed quite a bit, like two pits. What makes this all screwy is my primary physician was "asked to leave" his group practice because "it wasn't making enough money", so leave he did, immediately. The practice has been turned over to another physician which I haven't seen yet. I WANT MY OLD DOC BACK, DAMN YOU CROOKS!!! I also spent a week in the hospital for the depression this all brought on in the middle of all this. One thing I can say... my HMO might as well have handed me a loaded gun and said "try not to get anything on my suit", because when it comes to depression, they could give a shit less if you die or not. Oh, and I returned to work a few weeks ago, just to walk into a layoff, and my sick leave company ripped me off for two weeks of sick pay (denied). I won't go into the financial disaster we're in right now... Back to the leg, I've been trying to let a scab form on it but it evidently stays pretty moist, so I try to let it air out as much as possible. Then, I squirt it down with 99% isopropyl (yes, I wanna scream!), let it evaporate a few minutes and put another bandage on it. Right now, I have one of those newfangled Curad rubber-like "extended bandages" on it, but I'm thinking that probably should come off, considering it does drain. I'm so frustrated right now it's not funny. Nobody seems to have a clue what the hell this even is... they did a culture sample just before I went in the hospital (I went in a few days before my doc left) and I never heard anything more about it. I've been on everything from Keyfex to Cipro. So, what, I just gotta live with gnarly-looking oozing holes in my leg?? I don't think so, Tim! But I'm at a loss as to what to do. I don't know if my goofy HMO would consider this "an emergency worthy of ER treatment" or I'd just go to ER and let them deal with it. I know I can't just let it go because it's obviously not going to get better on it's own, and my HMO is all confused about "who is now my PCP?" because of my doc leaving, which I'm pretty pissed about myself (I'm not the only one - it made the TV news). He was a great doctor and it's sad what they did to him in the name of money. So, I'm really tempted to leave their "medical group" for a doc in another, but they're few and far between as far as good docs go anymore. But I'm still stumped about this... why would it just happen some 9 months after the fact? It doesn't make sense to me. The only thing I can figure is that the flesh is so close to the bone there (about 4 inches above the ankle) and the scar tissue is around there, yet, I have an incision lower than that one, right on the "bony" part, that's fine. I just don't get it.