Normally, I find funny stuff to post for my SwB segment. There are enough weirdo products out there that I can post something that will make people laugh or smile.
Of course, the joke is, I never actually buy or us any of these products - but this time I'm actually plugging something - and I get no kickbacks. First a little background.
For years I've been telling you about this wart I've had on my right thumb. Eight trips to the dermatologist to have it burned/frozen off - and all it did was maim my thumb. I've "joked" that you should buy stock in Band-Aid as I'd be wearing one the rest of my life to hide the shame and ugliness that was the damage - and the wart, which ironically was still there under it all.
On a whim, last November, I axed a pharmacist if they had anything to help that wasn't Compound W. She did.
So buying stock in Curad might pay-off after all.
Compound W has 17% Sallcylic Acid. Mediplast has 40%. Oddly enough, it doesn't burn at all - or better yet, smell.
They come in pads - and yes, I had to buy 25 of them - that you cut into pieces big enough to cover the affected area. And yes, I put a bandage over it so no one had to see that either.
It was $30 for the package, but considering each burning treatment cost me $189 and I did eight of them, well, $30 was chump change.
The package said to use for up to 12 weeks. Lo and behold at the 12 week mark I saw a huge improvement. Four weeks later, I won't go as far to say "cure", but closest thing I might ever get.
I'm posting before and after pics, and warning you ahead of time because Birdie gets freaked out by it. She's a fragile flower.
Believe it or not, this was a good day. Ugly? Yes. Painful? It could be. But months after 'treatment' from a stellar tertiary care facility. Boo on them. But this is what I had to cover up day after day after day.
Same thumb as of yesterday. Not too shabby, huh?
The skin doesn't feel completely normal - but with the trauma to the thumb, maybe it would be silly to expect that it would go back to the way it was. And I actually have a full thumb print now. For years - yes years! - I had a mangled digit, but no print.
Skin is a resilient thing.
The joke? I've used less than two of those 25 pads. Cutting it to fit that spot went the distance. And now I have two full boxes of Band-Aids that are just sitting in a drawer going to waste.
I think I can live with that.
Clearly, I'm very happy as I truly never thought I could show skin again - well, at least on my right hand.