If you ever want to see the amazing wonders of healing, just sit and watch a wound get better. Now, in order to do this you will need a large, open wound to observe, at least ten centimeter long, three wide and two deep. It should also be an icky wound that is difficult to look at (don’t worry you will get used to it over time!) An infected, gaping wound with lots of purulent drainage is ideal; look for yellow discoloration to indicate a complicated course of treatment.
Ok, got it? Now lets watch it heal.
Of course, large infected wounds do not heal overnight. It will take days, weeks and sometimes even months of observation, evaluation, and meticulous care. But follow directions and certain rules to see great results.
Our bodies are amazing healing machines. They are naturally equipped with an ability to mend themselves from the inside-out. This is the best– and only– way to truly cure an injury. If our wound were to do the opposite and heal from from the outside in, the problem would only get worse. True, we’d see new, beautiful skin. But this would only serve as a Band-Aid. Underneath the problem would remain, and suddenly things would be worse. So we need to be patient and understand that healing is a process which requires time and diligence.
Now, back to our wound laboratory.
We will need some tools and chemicals, firstly to eliminate the source of infection, then to remove dead tissue. With the bad tissue gone we can see a pink, beautiful wound bed. Think of the wound bed like a garden. You want to keep it moist, but not saturated. Too dry is also contraindicated, and you may need to artificially moisten the site in order to help the tissue grow.
Alright, the conditions are ideal and you are meticulously watching the progress. The wound bed is slowly rising toward the surface of the surrounding skin. As it gets closer you notice that the skin has been closing in, beginning to seal itself. By the time the wound bed is at the surface the wound has naturally closed.
What remains at the end of this process is a great souvenir- a scar – which will always remind us of the great, complex rehabilitation the body has just performed before our eyes.