Wounds tend to be painful.
Some more so than others, of course. Based on factors such as where they reside on the body, their size and proximity to nerves play a role in the level of pain one may feel. Some people have a higher tolerance for discomfort -- even possessing an ability to brush it off completely at times -- while others are more prone to exaggerated agony.
Naturally, we tend to feel more pain the closer we are to the time the wound was inflicted. That period also comes with heightened stress, anxiety and fear. The uncertainty we feel over what the future holds contributes to the latter. While the prognosis tends to look better as time passes, we can't help but wonder if we'll be afforded the needed time to heal while other factors increase our inability to not think about facing the realism of our mortality.
The skin around the wound -- not directly harmed during the initial incident --ends up feeling some pain also. The bandage covers the wound, but that neighboring skin has adhesive straps affixed to it. The bandage gets ripped off when checking on the wound. It gets redressed, and we hope the next time we look, the healing will have progressed. Instead, it's another rip of the skin, another redressing and desperate hope that the ripping will soon cease.
But, time does tend to heal those wounds. As that wound site improves, we concentrate on keeping infection away, and thinking positively. Then, all of a sudden, we're charging toward optimum health. The reality of being what we once were no longer seems like a distant hope.
The healing of the wound has to happen first. But, eventually, the neighboring skin heals, too.
Wounds tend to be painful. But the recovery process produces a new level of hope and heights that are no longer out of reach.
Tonight, that ascent begins.