The way I remember it: she offers to heal on her own, and offers an efficient but uncomfortable and itchy solution. She warns him to wear the skin for ten days and avoid certain drinks. I was really under the impression that had Drogo followed her instruction, it would have healed, because it's only when he STOPS following her instruction that the wound starts festering. But, later on, it appears that Mirri wanted him dead all along. Did she use reverse psychology, knowing Drogo wouldn't listen to her instructions? Was her remedy worthless and she knew Drogo was doomed from the start? Was her remedy poison all along, and she insisted he wear the skin to make sure the poison remains on him for as long as possible? But if so, why say things like "of course it itched, there is great healing power in fire, even your eunuch healers know that" or something.
Mirri just appear internally inconsistent, and I never quite figured out what GRRM meant for her to be. I mean, she also appears to hate Dany and despise Dany's attempts as "saving her", but when Dany initially rescues the Lamb women, Mirri (unnamed yet, among a crowd of women) blesses her in the Westerosi tongue and appears genuinely grateful to the "silver lady".
If she was indeed initially happy at being rescued, and changed her mind over time at being with the Dothraki, it wasn't clear in the book. Let's hope that the TV series makes Mirri a less confusing character.
Edited by Morrigan, 10 June 2011 - 04:05 PM.