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Good thing I went to see a doctor. It's the second degree stage of frostbite. What I thought were white discolorations are actually big blisters under the skin. So for the next month I can expect that the skin will die and peel off. If the skin underneath is pink, it's all good. If it's yellow and slimy, it's still OK but I have to put some prescription goop on it. If it turns green or purple we've got problems for the emergency room to figure out. Doc said it was the equivalent of 2nd degree burns. So thumb and forefinger are wrapped in big ole ugly bandages and I can't touch the skin for awhile until it falls off and grows new skin back which may occur in anywhere from a week to a month. Lovely. I'm leaving for NC now.

Happy Solstice, Good Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukka everyone!



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Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
That's pretty good news.
Have a safe and fun trip! Happy Holidays!!
Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Maybe you should stay in and behave yourself.
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
I'm in NC where it's 70 degrees now. I'll be OK, the skin is blistered on the top now so at least it's progressing.

Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Ugh, here's hoping for the best.
Happy Yule Solstice Christmas Chanukka. Be well!
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Good grief!!! Please don't ever do that again! I'll pray your skin dosen't turn green or purple because that's REAL bad news!
Dec. 23rd, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
GLOVES...buy a pair of GLOVES...big heavy warm GLOVES...some day you will have to tell me the whole, complex, bummer of a day story. It would probably make a great Readers Digest read. Hope your fingers are ok.
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
I was actually wearing gloves. They were just in the way so I took them off momentarily. You know that scene from A Christmas Story where the kid sticks his tongue on the frozen flag pole? Imagine if the flagpole were cryogenically forzen and you've got what basically happened to me. My fingers were essentially flash frozen. The blisters have risen to the skin surface now and hurt like a mother.

I've been taking pictures each night. Will show when I get back from NC.

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