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  • I'm glad someone else is with me there. I have cool pictures of my scars on my myspace page.. With the staples in, and after they were removed. They are really cool looking. No anterior picture, cause my stomach is REALLY messed up Lol. Tons of stretch marks from my son, the csec scar, and my anterior back surgery scar isn't too bad.. Definitely a lot less noticeable than the back. But the front scar my skin was sewn together weird because of my stretch marks and my belly button looks like it's winking now. Lol.
  • There are MANY games one could play on my stomach. Flip me over and play a different one on my back. Haha :)

    I was told NO creams or ointments of ANY kind for the first few months. I wouldn't have used them anyway. Remember, my odd love of scars? Lol.
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  • I was told no creams or lotions until 6 weeks. Maybe there is a risk of infection or something? I don't know. I don't think I'll need anything. It's only been 3.5 weeks and already the scar is fading quickly. I'm afraid it'll be gone by the time I get back to work and no one is going to believe I had surgery ;)) I'd take that over a scar though. But if it happens to be noticeable...that's ok too. I would consider it a badge of honor for everything I've been through. People who don't experience spine problems have no idea the pain involved. I have a high tolerance for pain...always have. I broke my arm playing baseball when I was 6...my mom didn't know for a week because I never cried. I've always been like that...but the pain I felt from herniated discs and bone spurs in my cervical spine drove me to tears. Some days...I jsut couldn't even get out of bed without excruciating pain. I know everyone here knows that pain all to well....so if it comes to it...those scars are your purple hearts. Wear them proudly.
  • My surgeon told me after two weeks, I could use Mederma or a similar 'scar' product.

    Fortunately, he strategically placed the incision right in an ugly skin-fold. So, I hope in time, it will blend in. The incision he made for the autograft is right underneath a roll of fat (thanks kids!) and I am not worried about that one! No one will see it. =))
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