But there was a complication. Wearing her braces for so long caused pressure sores in her left leg, which in turn developed into cellulitis.
Cellulitis is a scary thing. It’s a bacterial infection under the skin; it’s hot to the touch, and it can spread rapidly. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and become life-threatening.
In the following weeks, Namine was put on an antibiotic to combat the infection. It was expected that the sores in her leg would heal and disappear. They did heal, and they did diminish, but they never went away. Even now, half a year later, Namine’s left calf is marked with dark spots, but we didn’t know what they were, since doctors have determined that her leg is no longer infected.
We now know that the dark spots marking Namine’s leg are scar tissue. They will appear that way, and because of the infection in Namine’s leg earlier this year, her leg will always be more susceptible to pressure sores, as well as once again becoming infected.