Watching the bruises come out has been a little like watching the colours of the a sunset spread slowly across the sky. At first, there was nothing, just incredible swelling, but the bruises appeared around the ankle the next day — so far, so much expected. After a couple of days, a weird pale yellow and purple shadowing stretched from my instep across the whole foot, around to the outer heel, and even across a bit of the sole of my foot.
But I was surprised at the end of the week to see new purple bruises coming out boldly over the top of the foot behind the toes. And then on Sunday — a week after my fall — angry dark bands appeared around the three smallest toes, as though I were wearing subcutaneous toe-rings, wrapping 360° around.
And today, fully nine days later, the bruising has begun to bloom up and across my shin. It’s been quite incredible to watch it all come out, so slowly… so angrily. All I can think is, that damage must have really gone deep for the bruising to be rising to the surface only now.