I have my first skin irritation caused by the excess skin. It's not where I thought it would be though. Typically you hear about weight loss patients experiencing irritation, redness, rashes, swelling, etc. under the "apron" of excess stomach skin hanging down. My irritation isn't there. My problem is actually IN and around my belly button.
Warning: TMI ahead!
I noticed it mainly because of the smell. -sigh- Yes, I did just admit that. There was an odor I noticed but couldn't find until I started moving the skin around. My belly button smelled sour! UGH! And it was red...and weeping (or is that seeping?). Regardless I was horrified and immediately took action to clean it and dry it out. CME advised me to take a picture to start the documentation process, but I still need to call the doctor to see what I can do to clear it up. Until that time, I will be much more diligent in making sure it's dry inside after showers.
This is more of the "transparency" and part of this journey. Though I've had a hard time typing out the above paragraph and even a harder time posting the picture, I do believe it's important to share all of my experience and not to hide the things that aren't so glorious.
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14