Exit Wounds

In general, exit wounds typically are larger in size than entry wounds because of the fact that the bullet cuts or tears the soft tissues as it forces its way up and out through the skin. The size and shape of the exit wound depend on the caliber, speed, and shape of the bullet. For example, soft lead bullets are easily misshapened as they enter and pass through the body, especially if they hit any bony structures along the way. When that occurs, the bullet may became grossly deformed, which, in turn, produces more extensive tissue damage in its wake and many times results in an irregular, gaping exit wound.


In the background, noises from some show or another tickled my ears when the phrase “exit wound” arrested my attention while the crime scene depicted within the pages of a new novel teased my imagination.  As it happens, a phrase will ramble through the hallways and corridors of my mind and my heart until a journey of the soul comes to a rest.

Whether the entry wound is caused by a bullet from a firearm or is an oral projectile from the chambers of a steel heart, there is a trail of destruction that follows.  In general, exit wounds typically are larger in size than entry wounds.  Even more so when the cuts or tears through the tender flesh of the heart lie hidden and resulting scar tissue covers low-grade but molten traps the soul.  As if the damage on impact is not deadly enough, the removal process of the offense often leaves one wondering if they might bleed to death or if perhaps it would have been better to not have reopened the original wound.

Sometimes the exit wounds are more fearful than the entry wound.  It is the fear of the unknown that may stop us from letting go so that healing can begin.  How very painful to hold onto the wound that we have come to know so well; how very telling to be afraid to reach out and step into the vulnerable place of healing.

Take courage and do not be afraid.  Sometimes things are more messy at the end of things than in the beginning.  More than likely there’s a lot more damage around the exit wound and along the trail that the offense traveled than the entry wound.  Take courage and do not be afraid.  Healing is a process of recovery and redemption and one day a new person will emerge who will be characterized by strength and hope rather than being a victim of destruction.  Take courage and do not be afraid.  A lifetime of wounds may require a lifetime of healing.



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