I may tend to portray my life as easy going free
flowing without much conflict, but nothing could
be further from the truth. The following are some
of the things that bother me about being burned,
though it may appear such would be
listed under the Physical annoyances, believe me,
they are more of an emotional issue than physical.
Almost every day I look in the mirror while shaving
and wonder what foolishness I must go through to
be careful not to nick a scar, and that a real
man doesn't have this problem. It makes me, for
the briefest amount of time, question how far from
the norm I am and how can I possibly function with
people that can use an electric razor without worrying
about shaving off a layer of scar tissue.
then every month or two I must let my beard grow
out for two days so I can pluck the hairs that
grow in the scar bands. They grow long and the
razor tends to push them down, or for some reason
just doesn't shave them very well. Some of these
hairs are in crevasses that the razor cannot reach
anyway. And, of course, there is the occasional
hair that cannot break through the scar tissue
and grows and grows and grows under the scar swirling
around making the skin slightly inflamed. Eventually
the skin burst or I cut open the scar to get at
the hair to pull it out. The longest hair I've
pulled was close to three inches. But one thing
is for sure, it feels so good once that hair is
Hair growing where hair usually doesn't grow
Sticky eye lids
Elbows (no feeling easy to damage)
Finger nails that separate way too often
Experiencies with discrimination:
Discrimination is one of those quirky things in
life. Sometimes it happens without one being aware
that it took place, and other times it is so blatant
it doesn't seem like discrimination, but in all
situations it affects a persons psyche. Discrimination
against a burn victim is usually very subtle and
descrete; it is usually not confrontational, but
then again most discrimination people experience
is discrete and more damaging than overt actions.
My experiences with bad
job interviews where it
is difficult to not think being burned was a factor.
Articles touching on the topic of living and working
survivor finds job in helping others recover,"
by Kathleen Lavey, Lansing State Journal, 06-25-06
burn survivor resists pressure to hide away,"
by Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 12-20-2004.
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