Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tidy...

I was having a little discomfort from the giant bandage wrapped around half my body, so I removed it. It was tugging in all the wrong directions. Perhaps it's because they put it on while I was laying down on my side. When I removed the bandage, I saw the incision site for the first time. I don't know what I was expecting; I have been walking around with a somewhat scary looking carcinoma on my side for the past few months after all. What I saw was a clean, tidy line, slightly swollen and stapled together. It's approximately seven inches long. A small scar from childhood was moved slightly, almost as if someone tugged on the heavens and rearranged the constellations. It was strange seeing this new mark for the first time – a mark that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

16 comments:

kate mckinnon said...

Awesome! That will be a good scar, like you were in a swordfight. Very neatly done.

SummersStudio said...

Oh, yes, one more of lifes stories etched on you. Not to make light of it, but that will actually be quite nice looking all healed up. I know that's weird. But being marked by life, remembering our ups, our downs is not such a bad thing. We grow.

Best of luck with all of your follow up. I remain very positive for you and keep you in my thoughts.

FrankandRox said...

Andrew, I feel like I know you through your blog so I'm sad to hear of your health struggles and am keeping good thoughts for you. I proudly sport a similar 7 inch red line from a recent emergency csection. My daughter was a mere 1lbs9oz and was hospitalized for 8 weeks. Luckily, being Canadian her roughly $300,000 bill was all covered. So my heart goes out to you for having the additional financial stress too

lorelei said...

ouchy!
hope it heals quickly! rest up! xo

AST HRT said...

I agree w/Kate...it's very swashbuckling, very Errol Flynn! And more importantly,it looks clean and healthy.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is a symbol to me that you are on the mend. Take.Good.Care.

Enjoy the day!
Erin

Shaiha said...

Oh yeah. That is a good scar. Just imagine the stories that you can tell about it.

hello gorgeous said...

neat! but bloody hell it's big.....it must have been a substantial "nasty" they removed.....and fingers {and everything else} crossed they have removed it all and that's the end of this episode!

Recover quickly so you can embrace life again ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

maryharding said...

Heal quickly and a healthy recovery.

Kristen said...

Oh Andrew the surgeon did a great jop! I have a 12 in battle scar across my shoulder and upper arm. Be very careful not to stretch to far for a while as you have lost a little bit of stretchability. It will come back and remember this is a badge of courage and honor you have faced a great challenge and you will WIN!!!!!

Hugs

My Life Under the Bus said...

As far as scars go that look like you are already on the mend.Fingers and toes crossed also that you are on the mend and good news come your way!

Mellisa said...

I agree with the others, it's going to be the kind of scar that you can fabricate all sorts of dramatic stories about...
Why yes, this scar was from an encounter with a tiger when I visited Sumatra...
oh actually I received this during samurai training in Japan...

In reality the silicone scar bandages out there can work miracles.

Glad to see you're on the mend and all that nasty is out of you.

Elizabeth said...

I'm glad you are on the mend and having a very dark Irish sensibility, I think this is going to leave a very cool looking scar.

I actually like scars, I know, I'm weird. I think they make us real and remind us of our journeys.

My dad had a huge scar from his forehead through one of his eyes and into his lips, so I guess I view them as kind of normal.

Softflexgirl said...

Hauntingly beautiful. Thank you for always sharing.

Cath Thomas said...

I have quite a few marks too, for similar reasons. It first made me feel so... diminished. But that didn't last long. Same day I told my husband about my feelings, he waived it saying: you are a respectable cat... huh? yes he said, cats with scars are feared and respected. the more scars, the more respectable they are...

Sunrise TheSea said...

You will be in my thoughts. Peace be with you. I love you.