Notice the patches of dry-looking skin on the lower cheeks. You may even notice the beginning of some skin failure on the right cheek in the form of a dark line. (my right cheek ALWAYS seems to get the worst of it!) Rosa has been great with me though, I must say. She has switched over to our lighter paddle despite Ana's direction that the heavy one be used, and she has not hit with her full fury. However, she has not backed off on making sure I get the full amount due me and she has certainly not been delivering play-pats either. She is admirably balancing her concern for my 'safety' with her belief that what I'm getting, while unpleasant, is well deserved............and that my butt will eventually get to heal completely. Right now though, this IS punishment. I'm ok with that, but it hasn't been easy as I've written before.
And.......there are still five and a half days to go (counting today)!