One week after the operation, I am not feeling too bad, now. The crater seems like it might actually heal and fill in, but I still have my doubts.
The area is a bit red, inflamed, and tender around the edges of the crater and the stitches. The crater seems to be coming around, perhaps. The edges of that wound are hard to the touch and tender. I will be keeping it moist with topical bacitracin and white petroleum jelly as needed.
I was told to never tape anything onto my penis, but this is really the only way to keep the bandage from falling off, and to keep things down there from getting irritated or bloody. I have since overcome such trepidations by using cloth tape between the gauze and the shaft of the penis, leaving folded over "pull-tabs" for when I need to change things. I tape on both sides because taping on one side doesn't work too well.
Erections don't hurt me anymore, which is nice.
Things are looking up, I hope.