Day 368. Get The Party Poppers Out – Happy Birthday Scar!

So who made a cake? Anyone want a balloon? That’s right, two days ago (I know, I’m late writing this…) was the 1 year anniversary since my accident. Boy oh boy, what a year it’s been. There have been some crazy highs and lows over all aspects of my life, just like everybody else’s. I  didn’t go to Paris but instead went on an incredible tour around Italy. I left one career but started another. I lost loved ones but gained more loved ones. And even though it’s not over yet, it’s certainly getting there. I have stopped wearing my splint at night which is a wonderful feeling of achievement but still have to wear my glove for another 18 months or so as it takes the scar 2 years from the last surgery to fully mature. The moisturising continues and probably always will but hey, it gives me something to do when I’m sitting bored in a lecture or waiting for my food to cook. So say happy birthday!

Day 368

The photo on the right shows my slightly bent ring finger that will probably stay bent like that from now on which is a bit of a bummer but hey ho. My little finger sits away at a bit of a funny lookin’ angle (which might be totally normal and I just might have a weird hand…) and my ring finger looks like I’ve been sat in the bath for too long but apart from that, I can’t complain! Hopefully when my glove comes off, my fingers will regain a bit of chunkiness. At least by having to moisturise multiple times a day, I’ll have younger hands when the rest of me gets old and wrinkly! Which has worryingly already begun…

 

And just an end note, a close friend of mine sent me this video. If you feel a little deflated and need a bit of a lift, just spend 3 minutes and 28 seconds sipping a nice cup of tea, eating a biscuit and watching this:

 

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8 thoughts on “Day 368. Get The Party Poppers Out – Happy Birthday Scar!

  1. Rob says:

    Hello,

    My name is Rob, from Maryland, USA. I had an accident on March 31st, and had skin from my thigh grafted onto my abdomen and shoulder on April 12th.

    I want to thank you for your blog. I’m really glad that I found it. It is very helpful to learn about what you’ve gone through (and continue to go through), as well as to see how your hand has looked better and better over time. It’s really difficult to look at myself in the mirror right now…but that will get easier, and I will look better. It will never look perfect, but I’ve never been perfect anyway…not many of us are.

    Best wishes, and I look forward to future updates.

    Rob

    • craftygrafty says:

      Hi Rob,

      Thank you so much for your comment, I’m so glad my blog has helped you. You’re right, not many of us are perfect. In fact, no one is! I’d be very wary of the ‘perfect’ person for they would be hiding their imperfections too well. I like to think that my accident has made me a little closer to perfect though – I’ve got a story to tell, a cool scar to show and a lot of better perspectives on life learnt. This view of ‘perfection’ that the world seems to have is a load of rubbish anyway, perfection is boring and no one wants to be boring. Look in the mirror and be proud of yourself, exactly how you are.

      Good luck on the healing, everything’ll be okay. (I know from experience!)

      – Amy

  2. Adds tiny hat. says:

    Here: http://goo.gl/7UQZy
    Your hand is looking great.
    Greetings from Venezuela.

    - Alejandro

  3. Michael says:

    Hi my name is Michael and I am a paramedic instructor in Indianapolis. I found reading your blog and looking at the pic very informative. First I am sorry you had to go through that. Second may I use your pic for a class I am teach to show how an injury like your takes time to heal and what It looks like form start to finish. Please reply work4msg@comcast.net

  4. Scott Glass says:

    Hi – thank you so much for sharing this.

    My 9 year old son goes into hospital tomorrow for a z plasty on his left hand – when he was 18 months old he badly burnt his palm on an iron and ended up with a thick skin graft scar on the web between between his thumb and first finger. This scar has started to restrict his movement, so the consultant has recommended further surgery.

    He’s cool about the op right now, although I’m expecting a few pre-op ‘jitters’ later on today or tomorrow morning! I’ll show him your blog so that he gets an idea of what it’s going to be like. I think he’ll like your comments about the grannies using their sewing machines and listening to Take That :-)

    Many thanks & at the risk of sounding patronising, I really admire your positive attitude.

    Scott (UK)

    • craftygrafty says:

      Hey Scott,

      I really hope your son’s op goes well tomorrow, he hasn’t got anything to worry about. I’m a whimpy girl and I came out the other end okay! He sounds like a real tough nut :) But if he does get any jitters, I’m happy to answer anything he’s worried about. The fun bit about operations is seeing how far up to 10 you can count before you fall asleep and then suddenly you wake up 2 hours later!

      I hope you and your family are okay too – seeing your son with a very large, bandaged hand isn’t going to be the most joyous of moments for you but the op really does make a great difference. My parents looked after me by bringing me lots of ice cream – I definitely think that helped my healing and you should do the same!

      – Amy

  5. Jessica says:

    WOW!! First off let me say I’m really sorry about your injury and THANK YOU for posting your experience. My 3 year old daughter stuck her hand in a treadmill about 2 months ago so her injury is very similar to yours. She burned her middle and ring finger on the palm side and your picture right after it happened looked exactly like hers. We’ve been seeing a burn specialist here in St. Louis,Missouri and he has decided to do surgery. It’s pretty much healed up but her fingers are completely contracted and won’t straighten out at all. He wants to do a full thickness skin graft and of course we are very nervous about it but after reading your blog and seeing your pictures I’m feeling much better about it! I’m glad your grafts took and you have use of your hand. I can’t thank you enough for your blog! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
    -Jessica

    • Amy Shore says:

      You’re welcome! You’re welcome! You’re welcome! I’m so glad my blog has helped! Please let me know how the surgery goes for her, I wish her the best of luck. It might be worth asking the surgeon where the donor skin will come from as my surgeon told me that for the palm of the hand, the skin from the sole of her foot may be best as it’s the most similar skin to the palm skin and the donor site scar on the foot is barely noticeable.

      I hope all goes well!!

      – Amy

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