Sunday, June 10, 2007

Leg Update

(Don't read if you're eating or squeamish)
I haven't really posted an update on my leg lately, so for any of you who are curious, here's the latest: It's not healed all the way, but the wound has shrunk down to the size of a Cheerio. The surrounding area is still discolored, and the discoloration is an oval about 10x4 inches. (That's the part that was previously so red and swollen and painful when it was infected with cellulitis) It doesn't hurt at all now, though. It hasn't hurt for a LONG time. And the skin lightens a little each day. I may always have a scar, but I think eventually my leg will be 99% back to its previous questionable glory. I do still have to bandage it, because it still drains a lot of fluid. Any bandaid I put on it gets soaked in an hour or two. That'll stop when the wound finally closes up, though.
Part of the problem is that my legs are always swollen and edemic this time of year. I retain fluid in my legs really badly. It's yet another reason why I hate summer. So all that fluid has nowhere else to go, and it kinda drips out the big hole in my leg.
Ew. That was gross. Sorry for the mental image there.
Go back to thinking about flowers and kittens and rainbows.

Now, who wants a bowl of Cheerios?


Travis said...

That is pretty gross. But you did post a warning with your post, so it's my own fault that I was grossed out.

It does take forever to heal. Didn't you drop that bottle in like 2002?

Janna said...

Travis: Sorry for the grossness. I realize how unsexy this post was. And yeah, it is taking forever. The bottle incident happened on April 20th.

Mr. Fabulous said...

I thought it was kinda hot.

Steven said...

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth!

Janna said...

Mr. Fab: It is!

Steve: Wuss. :)

Desert Songbird said...

Just a wee bit of advice: try drinking lemon water for the edema. Lemon is a natural diuretic, and this will help keep you "flushed" out.

Janna said...

Desert Songbird: Thanks for the advice; I'll keep that in mind! I like lemons!