Day 8. This was the first day I'm instructed to do direct cleaning of the recipient area. I spent about 20 minutes under a very low pressure shower head (my attachment allows control of the flow) directly on the recipient, and then spent about 6-8 minutes with soap rubbing the recipient area. The area felt like there was a protective shell around it, and it was a lot harder than I anticipated. There wasn't a whole lot that came loose from the rubbing, but once I rinsed I could see many little white pieces coming off the area. There were a few small hairs as well, and only one bit that looked like it could be a graft (but it seemed like it was more likely just another white bit with hair attached). The "cracked" areas from day 5 still look a bit bare, but I'm not sure yet if its just because the scabs around have not yet fallen off completely. I would guess maybe 30% or so of the scab/crust came off, so I'll repeat the process tomorrow. Donor area is feeling good, sometimes itchy, continuing with 3x/day bacitracin ointment. This was my first opportunity to really soap up my crown hair and its looking a bit ridiculous right now. Hoping my barber can make some magic happen prior to my first day back at the office (3/4).
Took some closeup shots of the recipient area right after the washing - if this looks off to someone please let me know. From what I can tell, its normal.