SCAR: “A mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed quite completely and fibrous connective tissue.”
I was noticing today how purple my knee replacement scar looks when the weather is chilly. I’ve been massaging it every morning after I get out of the shower because I still have a bit of lumpiness in different areas of the scar. My physical therapist had told me that Mediterranean and African American people seem to scar more than others, say, of European decent. Gee, guess that explains my stubborn scar since my heritage is Greek. Must be all those olives we ate over the generations! LOL.
I do know that the scar will fade in time and trust me, a few months ago I would’ve given my eye teeth to only be talking about this scar! Now I can talk about how much stronger I’m getting, and how there are times when I forget about the knee replacement. I’m still doing all my exercises twice daily, and incorporating more activity in my life. Umm yeah, I even cleaned the shower floor. How’s THAT for improvement, eh?
On a serious note, however, my scar is not just superficial. It’s actually much more than that. It’s a reminder….a reminder of how hard the surgery was, how hard it was on my husband, how I know that he will be there for me no matter what, and how hard it was to recover. BUT…as my scar fades with each passing day, my future gets brighter.
For your viewing pleasure….a photo I took at the Japanese Tea Garden that I’ve made into an oil painting.