What scars are you most proud of or most embarrassed by?

May 25, 2007 6:53pm CST
I have one or two scars about my person that remind me of times in the past that either make me smile or make me cringe. I will share them with people once I hear from you about yours, some of mine involve stupidity, actually most involve stupidity, but there are some that I am proud of. Is it strange to feel pride in scars on your body? What scars do you take pride in telling stories about?
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@LittleMel (14036)
• Canada
26 May 07
I had burns marks. Scars on my skin seem to heal well, but not burns. Someone said this is because I need to take more vitamins and supplements to help my skin heals, but I think I take enough already so if it doesn't heal then I'll leave it that way :) I'm not proud of it, but I won't spend money for plastic surgery or too much supplements
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@LittleMel (14036)
• Canada
26 May 07
mistypo: I have burns marks
26 May 07
Burn marks do seem to stay around a lot longer and be more noticeable, I think this is because of the damage to the many layers over such a big area. A cut, whilst it is deep, only affects a relatively small area. My wife has some small burn scars from when she worked in kitchens (see above comment) but luckily I don't have any burns, just cuts, and "road rash" type scars. I find mine really only show up when I have a sun tan as the scar tissue won't tan and like you I definately am not bothered enough to get surgery to try and cover them up.
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@LittleMel (14036)
• Canada
27 May 07
but you're a man. in my case it's annoying people keep asking me what is that? as if they don't know it's burn marks :( my husband has quite some scars and burn marks but nobody asked him anything about that, at least not that I know of
@maehan (1445)
• United States
26 May 07
I had two scars. The one on my shoulder is I had a great fall from the conveyor belt in the production fall. I had a big cut on my shoulder and dislocated. I had to cast my shoulder for 1 months due to accident and neligence. The other one is on my knee. This one is due to my stupidity and arogant, serve me right. I was on a cycling trip with my friend. When we rented the racing bike, I realize the brake is unable to function properly. I just take it easy and think that I can handle the bike without brake. See! How foolish of me. Next thing, down the slope, I was trying to avoid crashing the couple holding hand cycling together. Here I go, unable to brake and dash all the way to the bushes. Ah-Har, I deserve it, bleeding on my elbow, knee and palm. That's the prize I had pay for.
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26 May 07
I also have similair scars from falling off a bike, but that was from horsing around instead of faulty brakes, weaving back and forth and trying to pop wheelies as a kid....of course I was doomed to come a cropper. It sounds like you did the honorable thing by avoiding other people and only hurting yourself when you could have used them to cushion your landing ;-)LOL. It sounds like the fall from the conveyer belt could have been much worse and I bet you were in agony from the dislocation...OUCH. Hope you don't get any more scars to write about and keep safe.
@maehan (1445)
• United States
26 May 07
Yeh, that's the old day that I trying to be strong and great. Now, ar-no, I am too old for that LOL.
• United States
26 May 07
I have a lot of scars. None of them make me proud because I'm a clutz. Most of the time it's because I fall or I step on something while I'm barefooted. It's kind of embarrassing because I do a lot of damage for doing something so small.
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26 May 07
I know what you mean...but don't you find these are the scars that make you laugh about what happenned, you know the type of thing, when out with friends and someone asks about "How did you do that?", and as you tell the story it turns into one big joke.
• United States
26 May 07
Proud of? No. Embarrassed? Perhaps. But I use my scars to illustrate a real problem that we have in today's society: untrained dogs. You've seen "The Dog Whisperer"? I'm guessing you have. It's the program where the guy goes over peoples' houses and trains the owners on how to train their dogs? My situation was like that. I was over a new friend's house during the winter and was in the backyard playing with her Shepherd-mutt puppy. The dog wouldn't let go of the ball! So I did exactly what I'd do with the only other dog in my life (my Uncle's Golden Retriever) and grabbed the ball from the dog's mouth, while saying "Drop it." The dog didn't seem angry. I knelt down to pet him with my mittened hand, and he reached out and bit my hand right thru the material, HARD. I didn't think I was hurt, I was just shocked. I pulled off my mitten, and low, he had punctured my hand in about thirteen places. The canines did the most damage, opening deep puncture wounds through which I could see my own flesh! Fortunately my friend's mother was a nurse and she cleaned the wounds and treated them with sulfa. I didn't want the dog to be blamed for the accident, but my mother was a raving lunatic when she saw my hand. It took six weeks for the wounds to heal, and I had a Girl Scout bowling tournament that I suffered through only days after being bitten. I still have the canine-tooth scars on the back of my hand and on my thumb. So I show kids those scars when they rough-house with their pets, and warn them not to tease their pets, not to mention strange dogs. Shepherds are not my favorite dog now - as you can tell! Great guard-dogs, tho'. ;)
26 May 07
Well as you can tell by the picture I have a German Shepherd, and as pups they do tend to use their mouths quite a bit. Apparrently it is a bit of a trait with the breed. Whichever dogs I have had in the past I always train them to give up their toys, food or whatever they have in their mouth as there is nothing worse than an aggressive dog that growls, snaps, barks and in the worst case bites a person. It sounds as if you were unfortunate with this puppy as it had not received that training yet. It is hard work and I must admit Ihave a few teeth scars on my hands and knuckles from it, but I would rather I get them from a puppy than from a fully grown Shepherd (Real sharp teeth when young though LOL). It is always a good idea to ask permission from the owner before approaching a dog, especially an unknown one, and I would warn against playfighting or rough housing any dog until it is fully comfortable with you and where you stand in it's pack. As for guard dogs, I am sure some are great, mine just barks a little at postmen and then wags his tail like mad whenever any body comes up to him, his whole body is in movement :-)
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 May 07
I suppose it depends on what you consider a scar. The skin on my stomach is all marked up as the result of 6 pregnancies. I joke that it's no longer a lot of stretch marks but has turned into one big one. I am proud of them though. The ones that bother me are the ones that are still slightly visible on my arms and hands from when I worked at a restaurant a little over 4 years ago. I had very inconsiderate co-workers and they often had me on duty as the ONLY kitchen worker during the breakfast and lunch rush and pre dinner preparations. Under those pressures and conditions accidents happen quite easily. I had scald burns, grease burns, burns from contact with hot stoves and ovens, even chemical burns from having to use huge amounts of bleach in the rinse water instead of normal dish sanitizer.
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26 May 07
6 pregnancies...WOW, congratulations. I would be proud of that too. My wife also used to work in a kitchen during the mornings (5am - 12 noon) and she has had her fair share of burns and cuts from the equipment, sometimes she would come home in tears and show me what damage had been to her hands/wrists/arms that day. Kitchens are so very dangerous places.