They are, by all accounts, highly temperamental.
The site where they take the skin from is far more painful than the site which requires it.
This is because they basically use a fancy potato peeler and scrape incredibly thin layers of skin from a part of your body not expecting to have incredibly thin layers of skin scraped from it.
They liken the pain to that of the gravel rash you get when you stack your bike as a kid.
Skin graft patients are located in the ‘Serious Burns Unit’. Well they are at the big teaching public hospital Chef is at.
I have presumed this is because both burns and plastic surgery involving skin grafts need to be in the most clean, most germ-free, environment.
For the first five days following the grafting you are not allowed to move.
This may simply be because Chef’s is on his leg – I’m not sure.
I’d ask a nurse but they all look very very serious and very very scary.
Not for small talk.
Considering their work involves caring for people with ‘serious burns’ I totally get this demeanour.
They do not change the dressing on either the graft site or the initial wound.
Apparently, if they were to take the dressing off the site where the skin was taken from, they would simply be ripping off the new skin growing underneath.
On Day Five, they will look at both.
Like a grand unveiling.
Then there is a further three weeks recuperation where there are apparently incredibly strict rules about caring for the wound sites.
There are rooms in the ward called a ‘bathroom procedure room’.
They feature a low lying long metal rectangle that the patient must lie on.
There is a sink and that’s about it.