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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Follow Up

My last post was about the surgery I had. I didn't post a picture because I was not looking very good. After the surgery my forehead was very sore and my left eye was swollen shut. The doctor said ice, ice and ice some more. I did and he also said to put seeped tea bags on my eyes. I also did that. It took a day or two and I looked so much better. Below is a picture of me about 4 days after.
This next picture is after I had the stitches removed a week after the surgery. The little band aid strips will fall off in about a week.
Below is a the ScarCare that the doctor recommended. I'm to start using this about a month after the stitches were removed. They said when I'm done I will not have a scar. It looked so bad at first but everyday it looks better and better and is going away and I have not even started with the ScarCare. 
For years I have used Oil of Olay. The doctor said it was very important that I use a sunscreen or moisturizer everyday at least with a 30 SPF. I don't want anyone to have to have what what I had to have done. Please always use sunscreen and a moisturizer with a sunscreen in it. If you have kid's make sure they always have sunscreen on. The Olay below was only $13.00 at Target worth every penny. I'll post more pictures in about a month to show how I'm healing.

4 comments:

Karen said...

I'm sorry you had to go through this but glad they found it! It looks to be healing wonderfully. I am going to be more diligent about sunscreen. Thanks for the advice.

Ann said...

that sounds like a pretty rough few days for you. Excellent advice about the sunscreen. Best wishes for continued healing

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

amazing the difference in those pictures... wishing you continued quick healing!

Anna said...

Dear Tammy,

My former husband dropped our daughter on the cement steps when she was only four month short of three years old. She had learned to walk at age two and a half, but he did not remember this and was carrying her out to the car and dropped her.

She had the presence of mind to put out her hands out and break the blow, which saved her nose and teeth. But her forehead hit the cement and made a gash as deep as to the bone. She looked like she had a third eye that was bleeding.

Thanks to plastic surgeons who specialise in children's surgery, her sore was patched together well. They taped the last layer so it is a smooth scar, but a scar, none-the-less, that she will have to live with the rest of her life.

The first two years, I was very careful to protect her forehead from the sun. She wore a bandage just for sun protection for a very long time afterwards.

Your operation sore looks a lot like Harry Potter's! My daughter found comfort in Harry Potter having a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. If it does not work out that your scar disappears completely, you can always say that you have something in common with the boy wizard, Harry Potter!

Hope your sore heals well.

Best wishes& hugs,
Anna