Good news. This will probably be the last update on the big bump status. The Nurse Practitioner removed the packing and gauze and replaced it with a band aid. She said it looked good and that packing was no longer needed. She also said I didn't have to come back unless it takes a turn for the worse. Yeah!!
I have been waiting to get away from the packing because I have not been able to shower. I have been giving myself sponge baths which, frankly, are no fun and I always feel not quite clean afterwards.
I asked her if I could go hiking this weekend and she said "sure" so, depending on the weather, I will be back on the trail - probably Matilija Falls. It's supposed to rain Friday and Saturday so I may have to hike on Sunday. There should be some good water in the creek.