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Re: How can I get rid of my scar after open heart surgury...PLEASE READ!!

Re: How can I get rid of my scar after open heart surgury...PLEASE READ!!

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Posted by E. Adkins on October 24, 2000 at 14:16:17:

In Reply to: Re: How can I get rid of my scar after open heart surgury...PLEASE READ!! posted by tfylan on September 06, 2000 at 07:11:00:

: : Hi...I'm a 16 year old boy...I had open heart surgury for aorticstanosis June/1999...My aortia was replased w/ my pulminary valve and my pulminary valve was replaced by a cadaver...It left me with a pretty noticible scar...It has faded but I am really uncomfortable with it...I was just wondering if anyone knows how I can help diminish the appearince of this scar so it is a lot less noticible...thanks for your help.
: : ~KH
: REPLY You are very young so that is why you want to get rid of your scar!!! Many older persons would envy you Young scar tissue tells how young you are and is probably not unattractive ;Besides your scar can be an indication if there is anything going wrong inside you at the operation site You might get an aneurysm there and this might be detected by the condition of your scars Quite honestly ,you probably need to be told off because you are scarred for life ie LIFE Life is marvellous even if not all that youthful so if you are young and have recovered from surgerty -why worry about a scar ??? You are ALIVE and that is tremendous so you shouldn,t really be too worried about having a scarIf it gets infected of course it should be looked at by a Dr and given treatment and investigation When you think about GirlGuides and Boy Scouts collecting badges for passing skills eg trekking or cookery Well that is good They show or display their success by wearing a badge Now you have got skill in surviving your terrible ordeals in the operating theatre ,under the knife so your scars should be worn with pride ,not something to be hidden I wishyou every happiness in recovering from such a terrible operation at such a young age From fliveya(screen name)
Dear KH,
First I want to tell you that I have dealt with surgeries since I was 3 years old, and I'm now 31, so I can see it from your point of view. I know that even though you are grateful to be alive, you still don't want to have a big scar to remind you of it every second. I'm sure you know it will always be there, but try putting some vitamin E on it every day. It can help smooth it out. Right now that scar is an ugly pain in the butt, and you hate it. But one day, when your an older man, you will look at that scar and know that without it you wouldn't be here. Right now in your mind, ugly scar= no girls, right? I promise you that one day you will meet someone who loves you for who you are, and they will be grateful for that scar because it is the result of what had kept you around long enough to meet her. I know this from experience. I lost my left leg at the age of 3, and even though losing it saved my life, I was sure it was not worth the trade growing up. I am now married to a wonderful man who loves me for me, and never, ever, thought of me as "messed up". No one is harder on us than ourselves. Just try to remember that. You are very lucky, even if it doesn't feel like it right now. Besides, a man with a scar is a man with a story. Try it out. I think that you might find that what you think is a terrible disaster for you just might work out to your advantage. Girls love a guy who have been through a hard time so they can make them feel better!! So quit worrying about the scar, you have your whole life ahead of you. get busy living........... best of luck to you. Liz




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