Currently I am at week 17 (in 2 days that is) and will officially be done with month 3 on the 14th! Hoping month 4 is not any worse, maybe some more noticeable healing to come?
I have put the Injury-Heal balm on my left wrist and behind left knee. I started adding it to troubled spots the past 2 days - like a sore on my right breast and my neck - I can say the sore on my breast is completely healed in just 2 days and my neck is looking much better. Again coincidence? Not thinking it is due to the healing on my wrist/forearm being significant in 2 days while my neck continued to flare and now my neck is feeling better when other places continue to remain the same. It doesn't take away the redness and it doesn't take away the edema. Right now it is just healing the surface scratches - that I can tell. Now the Comfrey balm I am putting on my right wrist and behind my right knee. No significant difference there. But I am planning to keep at this for 2 weeks given these things take time to work.
On my face I put what is called Baby balm. It is soothing, but doesn't seem to help. The pictures below show my face about where it has been - just very dry and tight. It doesn't itch too much and I don't have too much pain on my face - a good thing!
Now for the Goldenseal balm - this I bought for infections as goldenseal has antimicrobial properties. I put that on my left upper arm where I have a lot of pain, swelling, and constant itch for the past few months consistently. I don't think it is infected, but the fact that it is by far the worse area on my body I figured I would try it.
The last balm is my simple balm - just olive oil and beeswax.
Please do not mind the pictures - I was having a hard time getting the exposure and lighting just right to show the redness.
Here are my balms
Left wrist 2 days ago
Left wrist today - redness is actually the same - just taken in 2 different lighting areas. This is blurry but the scratches on right side are definitely more healed.
Right wrist 2 days ago
Right arm today - again the redness is actually the same and I didn't take the exact same shot - but looking at my wrist tonight and looking at the picture - there is a little change in the scratched area right below where the redness starts - that is looking more healed today.
This was taken 2 weeks ago
This is from today and I see a big difference in my neck - however it feels the same as 2 weeks ago! Can't go a minute without my ice!
Back of my neck 2 weeks ago
Back of neck today - again looks better but for some reason it still hurts and itches like it did 2 weeks ago.
Face 2 weeks ago
Face today - I notice it looks similar - but the scratched areas are healing. This is typical of how my scratches heal - they take forever - which is why I was excited to see the quick healing on my left wrist.
Just a shot of the back of my left arm - very swollen and much more red than the picture depicts.
And this is my face - it has been like this nearly from the beginning - just super dry and flaky - red (but not as red as my arms) and thankfully not very painful.