Nasty Chihuahua and the Well-Fed Calf

It’s been almost three months.  Since the beginning of July, the the radiation wound has felt like a nasty chihuahua bit me on the back and has just been just hanging there, chewing.

There will be some graphic photos here, so if you tend to barf at the sight of a dirty band-aid, you might want to turn back now.

Here’s the radiation wound as it first bloomed around the beginning of July.  And yes, it felt like it looks.  Burny, itchy, painful.  Radiation wounds are are weird and dynamic things. They evolve gradually, even after the radiation is treatments are finished.  Right now it’s just red; there’s not much skinless landscape.  But wait…

Here it is a couple of weeks later.  By this time, managing the ooze had become an issue.  Let’s just say I discovered an innovative use for feminine hygiene products. And tape.  Lots and lots of tape.

Here we are almost two months more down the line.  Even my medical oncologist winced and said “eww.”

Around the time this photo was taken, my radiation oncologist gave me a box of Vigilon, a specialized dressing that uses hydrogel technology to keep a wound moist and promote healing.  It’s like a thin sheet of mucus.  My loving and dedicated nurse, also known as my husband, figured out a way to secure it to the flaming hole so that the healing snot covered it, 24/7.  Like throwing a wet blanket on a bed of glowing coals.

And here we are this morning, 9/23, just two weeks later.  The land mass has met in the middle.  There are still two tiny open spots on the north and south poles, but as you can see…I’m healing.

Time to frolic.

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.”  Malachi 4:2


2 thoughts on “Nasty Chihuahua and the Well-Fed Calf

  1. Yi Chihuahua! That looks paaaiinnnnful.

    I hate how our healing cells don’t know we live in a drive-through, 30-minutes-or-it’s-free world. Enough with the lessons in patience, right? xoxoxo

    Trusting you know how to frolic like a well-fed calf when this is healed.

  2. Oh this ones knows how to ‘frolic’…no question. Glad to hear (and see) you are healing.

    On a side note, I wonder if the drug manufacturer would like to use your term “healing snot” on their product brochure? Ask for $$$ if they do…it’s a keeper. 🙂

    Keep healing!

    love ya,

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