Since we returned home from our Christmas trips, life at the emawkc household has revolved around my Supermodel Wife's injured thumb.
A few days after the previous post on the topic, the general practitioner referred us to a plastic surgeon specializing in skin grafts due to a mild infection that had developed in what used to be the tip of my SMW's thumb.
The specialist cleaned out the wound with a scalpel, removing the cauterized tissue to encourage the new skin to grow more quickly. He took a culture to better diagnose the infection and prescribe an effective antibiotic (and, I presume, to make sure we're not at risk from the dreaded MRSA).
He also directed us to soak the healing thumb in the mornings and evenings in warm, soapy water and then redress. Unfortunately, the first night we did this, there was a lot of pain as the dressing had stuck to the wound. Pulling it off was excruciating.
Last night was much better. Much less pain. We scheduled to go back to the plastic surgeon's on Monday for a check up.
Oh, before I forget, here's the obligatory picture.
Have you had lunch yet?
tagged: thumb, cheese slicer, blood, bloody, cauterize, MRSA, skin