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What scars do you have?

Postby Individual » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:57 am

Just looking at my scar the other day and I thought it'd be an interesting question. It tends to be an interesting conversation.

I have five:

  • My left upper wrist (the size of a marble) and a crescent-shaped slit on my lower lip -- I fell on the ice when I was like 12. I was delivering newspapers with a friend, in the winter. I had my hands in my pockets while walking on ice. I slipped, since my hands were in my pockets I didn't have time to recover, so my face smacked into concrete, covered with ice. I also chipped a tooth and was bleeding considerably. The most painful experience of my life.
  • My right thumb (looks somewhat like a crooked + sign or swastika) -- Was trying to pry something open with a big knife, my hand slipped.
  • My left thumb -- No idea. It's pretty small, though. Probably just another accident with a knife.
  • My right knee -- About 6 months ago, I was running across a street. My back heel slipped off of a curb as I was crossing it, I then dove forward, landing on my knees first, and then scraping my palms against the street. I didn't need stitches, but was extremely sore for several days.

I learned a lesson in caution from all of this: All of it pretty much just happened because of carelessness.

Oh, and one more thing: This isn't a scar exactly, but it's sort of like one. When I was a child, maybe 7 or 8, I was using one of those manual pencil sharpeners... Like the above, my hand slipped and I accidentally stabbed my left palm. The tip of the pencil also broke off. The wound healed with the pencil lead still inside. It's been there for almost 20 years now. The spot has faded a bit as I've grown, but it's still there.
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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby pink_trike » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:03 am

Individual wrote:Just looking at my scar the other day and I thought it'd be an interesting question. It tends to be an interesting conversation.

I have five:

  • My left upper wrist (the size of a marble) and a crescent-shaped slit on my lower lip -- I fell on the ice when I was like 12. I was delivering newspapers with a friend, in the winter. I had my hands in my pockets while walking on ice. I slipped, since my hands were in my pockets I didn't have time to recover, so my face smacked into concrete, covered with ice. I also chipped a tooth and was bleeding considerably. The most painful experience of my life.
  • My right thumb (looks somewhat like a crooked + sign or swastika) -- Was trying to pry something open with a big knife, my hand slipped.
  • My left thumb -- No idea. It's pretty small, though. Probably just another accident with a knife.
  • My right knee -- About 6 months ago, I was running across a street. My back heel slipped off of a curb as I was crossing it, I then dove forward, landing on my knees first, and then scraping my palms against the street. I didn't need stitches, but was extremely sore for several days.

I learned a lesson in caution from all of this: All of it pretty much just happened because of carelessness.

Oh, and one more thing: This isn't a scar exactly, but it's sort of like one. When I was a child, maybe 7 or 8, I was using one of those manual pencil sharpeners... Like the above, my hand slipped and I accidentally stabbed my left palm. The tip of the pencil also broke off. The wound healed with the pencil lead still inside. It's been there for almost 20 years now. The spot has faded a bit as I've grown, but it's still there.


My scars are in and of the heart.
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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby Annapurna » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:04 am

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby BlackBird » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:07 am

pink_trike wrote:My scars are in and of the heart.


:thumbsup:

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby cooran » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:31 am

Individual wrote:Just looking at my scar the other day and I thought it'd be an interesting question. It tends to be an interesting conversation.

I have five:

  • My left upper wrist (the size of a marble) and a crescent-shaped slit on my lower lip -- I fell on the ice when I was like 12. I was delivering newspapers with a friend, in the winter. I had my hands in my pockets while walking on ice. I slipped, since my hands were in my pockets I didn't have time to recover, so my face smacked into concrete, covered with ice. I also chipped a tooth and was bleeding considerably. The most painful experience of my life.
  • My right thumb (looks somewhat like a crooked + sign or swastika) -- Was trying to pry something open with a big knife, my hand slipped.
  • My left thumb -- No idea. It's pretty small, though. Probably just another accident with a knife.
  • My right knee -- About 6 months ago, I was running across a street. My back heel slipped off of a curb as I was crossing it, I then dove forward, landing on my knees first, and then scraping my palms against the street. I didn't need stitches, but was extremely sore for several days.

I learned a lesson in caution from all of this: All of it pretty much just happened because of carelessness.

Oh, and one more thing: This isn't a scar exactly, but it's sort of like one. When I was a child, maybe 7 or 8, I was using one of those manual pencil sharpeners... Like the above, my hand slipped and I accidentally stabbed my left palm. The tip of the pencil also broke off. The wound healed with the pencil lead still inside. It's been there for almost 20 years now. The spot has faded a bit as I've grown, but it's still there.

Interesting! Most of mine (the visible ones) are surgical - caesarian section, mole removal etc. But still a reminder that anything can happen at anytime.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby vinodh » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:26 am

I have one in my forehead. Got that when I was around 4 or 5 years old.

I fell of from my bed, hit a wooden horse near my bed :cry:
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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby PeterB » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:37 pm

I have one across the abdomen from left hip to almost the right hip, its about 20 inches long. This was aquired last year when I had an Abdominal Aeortic Anuerism. Its soon to be joined almost literally by another, as during the CT scans that I had when the anuerism blew I was discovered to have a tumour on my left kidney, which is still classed as small, but becaise of its position I will need to lose the kidney...I suggested to the surgeon that he join the scars up and I can pretend that I was the victim of a shark attack... :smile:
Anyway my surgery is set for 16th November, so any spare metta would be appreciated...

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby christopher::: » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:51 pm

PeterB wrote:I have one across the abdomen from left hip to almost the right hip, its about 20 inches long. This was aquired last year when I had an Abdominal Aeortic Anuerism. Its soon to be joined almost literally by another, as during the CT scans that I had when the anuerism blew I was discovered to have a tumour on my left kidney, which is still classed as small, but becaise of its position I will need to lose the kidney...I suggested to the surgeon that he join the scars up and I can pretend that I was the victim of a shark attack... :smile:
Anyway my surgery is set for 16th November, so any spare metta would be appreciated...


Oh my.... Much like a shark attack indeed, Peter, two times in a row, to lie down like that beneath the surgeon's knife.

Extra metta :heart: from my end is already on it's way, and will be for an extended duration.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby PeterB » Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:10 pm

Thanks Chris.
Of course if I had not had the anuerism its likely that i would not have known about the kidney tumour until much later, with all the possible consequences..
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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby Individual » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:51 pm

PeterB wrote:Thanks Chris.
Of course if I had not had the anuerism its likely that i would not have known about the kidney tumour until much later, with all the possible consequences..
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I hope your surgery goes well.
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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby Guy » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:58 am

I'm sending Metta to you PeterB :meditate:
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby pink_trike » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:35 am

PeterB wrote:Anyway my surgery is set for 16th November, so any spare metta would be appreciated...


You got it. Have a good adventure. :smile:
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Clear Light is Union
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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby BlackBird » Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:31 am

PeterB wrote:Anyway my surgery is set for 16th November, so any spare metta would be appreciated...


Hey there PeterB, hope it all goes well :)
Sounds like you've got a good outlook on it.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby Guy » Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:47 am

Hi Individual,

When I was very young (maybe 5 or 6) I was chasing my sister (2 years older than me) through the house apparently angry for some reason (can't remember what exactly) and she slammed a door in my face which broke one of my first adult teeth. Thanks for the lesson on Kamma, Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. :smile:

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby PeterB » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:32 am

Many thanks for the good wishes.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby christopher::: » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:42 am

Please keep us posted as you move closer to the date, and afterward.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby PeterB » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:45 am

I will Chris, thanks.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby Clueless Git » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:51 am

vinodh wrote:I fell of from my bed, hit a wooden horse near my bed :cry:

Why? What had the poor horse done?

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Serious note:

Peterb, my best wishes for your operation too matey.

May it be entirely succesfull and may your recovery be full and swift.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby PeterB » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:53 am

Thank you CG.

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Re: What scars do you have?

Postby Annapurna » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:09 am

Best wishes also from me, Peter.
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