A few days before our surgery I was looking at blogs of other girls who had had the surgery. One girl had posted a picture of her scar. It was hideous. It was vertical, all down her stomach, with railroad tracks from the staples. It really hit home to me what was going to happen, and I started bawling. I was already an emotional wreck, and imagining that giant scar on my perfect stomach was something I couldn’t handle.
During one of our consults a few days later the Dr. mentioned something about “hip bone to hip bone”. I immediately stopped him and asked what he meant. He explained that OUR surgeon does HORIZONTAL incisions through the skin, then spreads that open and does the vertical incision through the muscles. It’s not as convenient for the Dr.s to make 2 separate incisions instead of just going vertical through the skin AND muscle, but it sure looks a lot better on the mom!!!
I was so relieved. A low horizontal scar isn’t nearly as devastating as a giant vertical one!
After the surgery, I was still sad about the scar. It took me about 2 weeks before I would look at it. But every person who saw my scar (which was a LOT of people – every nurse and Dr. I saw, and then some) was extremely surprised with how amazing it looked. I started to get curious, and finally asked to see it. It wasn’t that bad!
Nate says I get way too much attention over my scar. He’s probably right because I’m pretty proud of it now. I show it off to all the medical personnel, and anyone that asks more than 2 questions about my surgery.
Dr. Zaretsky, who is responsible for half of the scar (Dr. Cromblehome did the other half) is proud of it as well. Nate and I told him he should be a plastic surgeon on his days off. His wife (Dr. Nivens) told us not to make his head any bigger.
(Photos not in chronological order)
This scar is special to me, because it is something I will share with Calvin. His scar on his back and my scar on my front will remind us always of this experience that we’ve had together. I’m glad he’s a boy, though, so he will think his scar is cool! Hopefully he thinks mine is cool too.