When I was building the fire pit, my hands became quite rough. The rocks were covered with dirt and grit and sand, and carrying them sanded my fingertips off. Rough skin grew to replace the soft skin that was removed. I could feel a difference in my sense of touch. I thought it was weird and even wondered if maybe it was just my imagination.
But now the thick skin is coming off. Since I’m not sanding my fingertips with grit anymore, the soft skin is returning. I can see the pads of thick skin after I’ve showered. They show as areas of white. Pretty weird, huh?
It reminds me of the time in college when I was working at McDonald’s and used the stainless steel cleaner without wearing gloves. The cleaner dissolved my skin. I didn’t have fingerprints for a couple of weeks.