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Sunday, July 24, 2011

I Need Shin Guards

I've had a knock-around kind of life. When I was a kid I swam in the sea, climbed rocks, trees, and mountains, sailed, biked everywhere, fell off of and into things. I played soccer and went skiing, rode horses and rambled in the woods.

There were bound to be some scrapes along the way, a few bruises and breaks.

I know they hurt in the moment, but I also know that I had (still have) a high threshold for pain. I always healed fairly quickly, too.

Lately, though...I don't know what the hell is going on with my body...but I don't like it. Check this out:

Sorry...I guess I could have warned you that I was about to show you a furry length of cream-cheese-white, caveman-club-shaped getaway stick. Oh, well, too late now.

The smallest of the three ouchies happened one night last week as I was trying to quiet a fussy Sprout - I knew the box was in the hall, and I knew where it was...so I stepped around it, but it wasn't where I'd left it and so I wound up actually stumbling into it. Hurt like a bitch, and I couldn't get a good cuss in because I didn't want to wake the baby. Dang. Then, Friday, I had a job and was getting ready to go. In order to close the garage, I had to move the Evil Genius's bike. It resented my interruption of its sunning and promptly fell over, causing the other two ouchies. Again, hurt like a bitch, but I needed to get going so I slapped a bandage over it and headed out.

Yesterday it hurt. Last night it hurt. I had to take my jeans off and wear a skirt all evening because the jeans rubbed (through the bandage, even) and irritated it. This morning it hurt. I couldn't even walk without wincing. I even gasped twice when I forgot to be careful and tried to move normally. What the...?? That's not like me at all, honest!

I finally decided to do a bit of home medical care, and turned to that old stand-by, peroxide. Am I the only one who digs watching that stuff fizz? Miracle fluid, that peroxide - it'll cure just about anything on the outside of the skin.

Check it out:

That was this morning, after I defuzzed the area around the ouch (because you know what exacerbates the ow factor? Bandages yanking out hairs, that's what), and then peroxided it a few times.

And doesn't it just figure that these ouchies are at the exact perfect height for everything. in. the world. to hit them?? Cats seeking affection by rubbing against a leg, Sprout kicking and wriggling on the floor, laundry baskets, chupa cabras...

Well, maybe not that last one, but if there WAS a chupa cabra and it WAS inside Casa de Crazy, I bet it would be shin height and I would bump into it.

I hope the peroxide did the trick because I don't want to have to resort to scrubbing the area and dousing it with disinfectant. You'll know if I do...you'll hear me holler...


SciFiChick said...

I love watching the bubbles too, are we weird or what? I hate to say it but it looks like you are gonna need to do the holler thing. You need some alcohol.... on your leg too! >_<

Fergie said...


Chupa cabras... you crack me up! I laughed pretty good at that one.

I like watching the fizzle of the peroxide too. I put it on my toes when I dig out ingrown nails. It's kind of satisfying...

angie said...

Believe it or not good old iodine will help scrapes heal so fast. It's great for papercuts too. Burns like hell though. Oh, it's really cheap but you have to ask for it at the pharmacy anymore because meth-heads use it to make their bad stuff.

Susan said...

Can you stand to leave the bandage off for awhile? That way the wound will dry...if it hurts when the bandage is on it anyway, couldn't hurt...so sorry!!!

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Momlady said...

Ddon't forget that you're a Type 2 so healing takes longer.

Anonymous said...

Peroxide IS a disinfectant. Food grade peroxide is a wonderful agent. Check it out and find it at a health food store. Amazing stuff. Alcohol is harmful; very.