The trouble with being involved in medical research is sometimes the exposure to all of the clinical presentations of certain conditions causes my imagination to go into overdrive.
Last week I developed a weird blister on my left index finger. I was at a conference so was unable to do much except put a plaster over it and hope that it would drain naturally. It didn't. By the time I got back from the conference the GP surgery was closed for the weekend, and so I asked a few Pharmacists their opinions. I was told not to burst it but try a few other things first. None of them worked so I went to a GP.
It turns out that the lump was likely a spider bite that I reacted to. Because my skin tends to have weird reactions this wouldn't normally happen with any UK spider/insect bite. My reaction stopped the venom being absorbed into my body, where it would have been harmless. Instead, I ended up with the blister that kept the venom on that part of my finger and led to the destruction of tissue in that region. Upon having the blister drained and skin removed I now have a fairly sizeable hole where there is no skin, only flesh, down one side of my finger.
I am not normally squeamish. However, I felt nauseous after seeing the wound, mostly because it looks disgusting (although strangely painless) but also due to conference flashbacks. All my previous exposure to clinical presentations showing images of chronic wounds (if you want to Google this you can get an idea of what the wound looks like, mine is NOT chronic) and how in certain people they can take years to heal has creeped me out. I am sure mine will be better in a week or so and the skin will ingress from the edges and fill the gap just fine. As it is, previous attendance to conferences is haunting me! :) Sometimes a little knowledge can be a detriment and I think I need a prescription for mind-bleach.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!