This actually happened a month or two ago after Misinformation cauterized the wound. This led to an extra trip to Dr. Saturday to assess the damages. I assumed she had done something wrong... but I guess not. The silver nitrate is not harmful to healthy skin - Dr. Saturday rubbed a stick on his bare arm to demonstrate. So we really have NO clue why this happened. Very weird.
I have sort of decided to give the wound til the end of February to heal... then if it's still not better, I will look more seriously to the surgical options. Trouble is, we don't know if the surgery would "take" since it's believed that my body is basically attacking the wound area. We shall see if the increased meth helps calm down my body so I can heal. My joints are doing A LOT better, praise God! Still having more pain than I'd like, but it's a whole lot better than it was last week, so I think this flare is on its way out, thankfully!!
Having sort of embarrassing issues like an open wound on a, um, sensitive area, joints that don't work right, and a body that tires easily does two things for me. First, it reminds me that this world is not my home, and that this body is a temporary house for my soul. Second, it keeps me humble... I have no delusions that I am a great, grand, important, amazing person. I'm reminded of I Corinthians 1:26-29. Paul says, "For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things to the world to shame the things which are strong...that no man should boast before God."
Paul says it in a similar way in II Corinthians 4:7 - "But we have this treasure [the gospel - the light that comes from having a right relationship with God] in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power may be from God and not from ourselves." He calls our bodies "earthen vessels" - jars of clay - something totally ordinary and humble. So God uses something kind of boring and unimportant to do something great - so that the outcome is clearly from Him, not the chamber pot. ;)
God didn't call too many brilliant, important people to be His children. When He uses the weak and foolish to accomplish His work, it's obvious that their "power" isn't from themselves - it is GOD working through (or in spite) of them. And so He is more greatly glorified in my weak, scarred, battered body, because it's apparent that I am nothing special - but He who is at work in me is. I can't take the credit for what happens in or through my life. There is no room for me to boast about my strength - I have none! But I can boast in a couple things: in the Lord, and in my weaknesses.
"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification,and redemption, that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord."" (I Corinthians 1:30-31)
"He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties for Christ's sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong." (II Corinthians 12:9-10)
What an amazing God, who would choose to show His great love to us, His foolish, weak children, and then USE us, His earthen vessels, in great ways to His glory. How is He using YOUR weaknesses for His glory right now?