Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Burn: Day #4

The brand is actually more painful today, then it was the day I got it. Very strange.

It's getting pretty squiggly and wavy around the edges, but nothing else seems to be going on with it. It's like my body doesn't want it to heal. It likes it in the current state that it's in. I got a good closeup in case anyone wants to examine it in detail.

Dad called me yesterday and asked me if I've slapped my brand yet. I told him that you're not supposed to do that until the scar tissue has formed and the scab goes away. He's been in his truck for 3 days slapping his brand about 3 times a day. He said it hurts pretty bad. Well, DUH!

I guess I'll just let it do it's thing, until I need to start suffocating it with saran wrap, and pouring lemon juice in it. ;-)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

What's your brand?

Dad and I finally did it. After talking about it for a couple of years, we actually went through with it.

We got branded. With a Circle K.

It's weird to say that you got branded, and it's weird to type out those words.
But, for some reason, it made perfect sense to me and dad.

I'm not gonna lie and say it didn't hurt, because it did. It felt like a red hot knife was cutting into my skin an inch deep. But the pain was worth it and I'm glad my dad was there to share in the experience with me. My wife and mother offered moral support and I think they went through at much mental pain as we did physical pain. Every single time I look at it, I'll remember how proud I am to be a Kneifl.

The healing process is a complicated one. Instead of letting it heal like a regular wound, I have to aggravate it as much as possible (to help the scar tissue build). I will spare you the details, but let's just say it involves saran wrap, lemon juice, and lot's of scab scrubbing and scar slapping. Yeah, for real.

This picture will give you an idea of how big/cool it is.

It was taken about 1 minute after mine was completed.

I will be keeping a picture journal of the healing process on my blog in the coming days/weeks. It should be completely healed in about 3 weeks, but the Scarification Artist said everybody heals differently.

So if you're not into watching 3rd degree burns heal, then don't check back.