Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Day 61

OK, it's been a while since I updated this blog. I haven't given up! Just haven't had much to report.

Here's the current status: for the last month or so, I've been using T-Tape about 10 or so hours a day four days or so a week. I've been trying for five days a week, but for various reasons it's mostly ended up being four days a week on average. The rest of the time, I've been going completely untaped and uncovered. I don't like being untaped and uncovered, and I think that I've reverted back to my original sensitivity because of it. However, dealing with the tape is really a pain in the ass.

I haven't posted anything in a while because progress has been so slow that I wasn't even really sure it was actually happenning. I am now, though. Roy Payne reported an average of about half a centimeter per month in new skin growth, and that seems to be pretty close to what I'm getting, which is why it's been so difficult to see any actual progress. That works out to about one millimeter per week, which can be within the noise level when trying to measure the skin. As of Sunday, I had 14.4cm of shaft skin, which is an increase of six millimeters from my last update about six weeks ago. So there you have it.

On the subjective side, the results have been better. My shaft skin is much looser. I can pull the skin about a quarter of the way over the glans when I'm hard now, and can pull it for pretty much full coverage when I'm soft. The coronal rollover that I was getting when sitting now occurs regularly and often (not quite all the time yet, but often) and even occurs in other situations. It's not uncommon for me to get rollover while I'm lying on my side to sleep now, and have even had it occur while standing if I'm wearing tight underwear. I still do not have enough skin to get this effect while standing, however, or when I'm not fully soft.

I've also found that the small (as in two or three millimeter) band of foreskin remnant that I had left has roughly doubled in size (to look at). I haven't started measuring this skin yet because it's so small that it would fall within the noise, but hopefully in another month or two I'll have enough to make it worthwhile. I seem to have roughly five or six millimeters worth now, which is again roughly double what I started with. That's really encouraging, because I really want that part to grow especially. Also, I think the major part of my early growth was on this portion because that's where I was taping, with the intention of stretching that part. In fact, I was often taping directly on it. That had the benefit of putting the vast majority of the stretch right on that portion of the skin, which was what I wanted. And given how tight my skin was before, I'm not sure I would have gotten any stretch on that portion without doing that.

However, it had two rather major drawbacks. That portion of the skin is very moist, so the tape didn't hold very well on it. That meant I had to use far less tension, which probably slowed down skin growth. The location of the tape also meant that the rest of my skin wasn't getting much tension, so it wasn't growing very fast or at all, either. I think this may have cut my growth rate by as much as thirty or forty percent. Which means that if I was getting 5 or 6 millimeters per month before, now that I've moved it I may start getting as much as 9 or 10 mm per month now. More likely, I'd expect that to be about 7 or 8 mm per month.

My goal is full coverage when soft, which is probably going to require about another ten or more centimeters of skin, so at the current rate it looks like I can count on a total of about two years to get to my goal - maybe more. That's not very encouraging, but I knew it when I started. And it's already been two months, which is kind of hard to believe. So maybe it won't be too bad. And if my rate does accellerate to about 7 or 8mm per month (which I do kind of expect), then I'm looking at something more like 1.5 years, which is a much better number!

Still, I am pleased that I now report that this process definitely works, even if it is slow. I can also report that even at this early stage there are tangible benefits.

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