Still too much fluid, but the drains are beginning to fall out on their own (the skin that the stitches were attached to has ripped off and died). Sorry to be so graphic but that's the story. We'll see what Dr. Z has to say. I'm off to my appointment right now.
PS. I don't say it often enough but thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement and support. I read every comment, and appreciate every word, and so does J~.