Having had the leg looked at by the nurse at my doctor's surgery I decided that I would, probably, go get some 'goop' to apply, just in case. At the time, of course, it was just too late to get to a chemist so it would have to wait until the folowing day.
As I still had both legs which I woke on the Tuesday and knew that in my usual peregrinations I'd be close to a chemist I did my usual thing. Thus suitably fortified by coffee and curry I braved the wilds of Boots The Chemist.
I did buy some antiseptic cream and have slapped some on every now and again and things look to be progressing nicely. In the end, after perusing the wide range on display (the fact I found it is all by itself some form of record or miracle!) I got some Savlon antiseptic cream.
The stuff I remember from childhood (yes, we >b>did</b> have medicines that long ago!) came in a small, round tin with a brand name of Germolene. Not sure if they ar still going but none was on offer so I looked at several different sorts. I'd decided I didn't really want a bottle of liquid, so it was going to be a cream or gel of some sort. In the midst of all this I spotted one item which was a antimicrobial. It was the only one touted as that so out of curiosity I looked a bit closer ... and we get to the real reason for me writing this (apart from also to say thank you for all those who have winced in sympathy or have wished me well):
Bear in mind this was in a chemist shop, open to the general public and out on brazen display upon a shelf ...
This stuff was suitable for pre-surgery scrubbing of hands. Ok, so it's a good cleaning agent I thought, might be worth it even if I didn't want a liquid. My eyebrow was still quivering in an upward twitch from reading that when it promptly levitated upward. What was the cause of this? It had a little extra bit of information on the label. This stuff was "not to be put in contact with" a small list of things, and I quote: brain, meninges, middle ear and eyes.
Not kidding! Just as well I read that as Tuesday is my normal day for open-head surgery on myself ...