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Jan. 21st, 2010

My arm hurts from the tetanus shot. Think about how much shots suck. Then add on the next-day pain from the tetanus shots. Then think about my upper-arms. I've told almost every single one of you that I've met in person not to touch me there, because I bruise like a peach.

I'm still in pain from the burn, too. The first degree areas are light pink and swollen and hurt when touched. Not that I'm feeling them up-- think shower, pillow, etc. The blisters hurt constantly, touched or not. One of them broke this morning. It's really disgusting and gross.

I'm still on percocet, but I'm going to try for extra strength tylenol next time. I don't want to be any more drugged than I need to be.

This is so frustrating that all this happened in a split second.

And I have an exam on Friday.


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Jan. 21st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're sore from your tetanus shot. I hope that lets up soon.

I can relate to the pain you feel after a burn. This is totally TMI for anyone who hasn't burned and doesn't know what it's like....

I had second degree burns covering about two-thirds of my back in 2002 (with a few places that were closer pretty severe second degree burns). Thus, about two thirds ofmy back blistered - yet there were only maybe six or seven blisters (that tells you how enormous they were, and each about a quarter to half an inch high and fluid filled). They all ruptured within 12 hours of each other (probably three or four days after the burn occurred). Within a day and a half of that, my back pretty much fell off as I was changing the dressing I had over the broken blistered. All of what had been the blistered skin sloughed off in nearly one piece. I was alone when it happened. I damn near went into shock (like, actual shock not just "OMG!") from the pain. I had not gone to the hospital and was taking nothing but extra-strength Tylenol after the burn and up until that time. Come to think of it... I never saw a doctor. (I went through a pretty serious anti-physician phase for about three years.)

It took several weeks for my back to scab over. During that time I could hardly move. I thought it would get better once it started to scab but I was wrong - every time I moved I'd crack the healing skin and the pain would start all over. Eventually, the scab was thick and hard - which was actually a good thing as it prevented the cracking when I moved. Within a week or two the scab (yes, the scab - it was basically one enormous scab over 2/3 of my back) started to come off. I let it do it in its own time.

Once the scab was gone I was horrified - the skin underneath was, essentially, one giant scar. It was pink, shiny, and leathery. It stayed that way for about a month or two before I started to see normal coloration and texture returning. Eventually, I healed nearly completely. If one was to look closely at my back you can see a difference in the skin that was affected and that which was not - but you'd have to look awful close to know.
Jan. 21st, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that. I've only had a few burns on my hand from cooking and even though that was painful and annoying I can't even begin to comprehend it on a larger scale such as your back.

Melissa, I'm hoping you have a speedy recovery. I've been thinking about you and I hope you are getting the care and rest you need. XO.
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