The "hole within the hole" in my side/back has closed. It was down to the width of a pencil eraser, then a pinpoint. Last night my "home care nurse" confirmed that it is closed. There is still an outer hole or depression, maybe an inch long, that still needs to be covered until it heals, but the tunnel to my innards is now closed. Hooray! Last night my bandage was almost dry, and I'm hopeful that the rest of it will fill in soon. It's been seven weeks, so much for the surgeon's "two weeks or so". But it could have been much worse, in the scheme of things.