Growing up we spent countless hours on my grandparents farm in Southwestern Virginia. It was a more innocent time then–a time where my brother, my cousins and I would disappear for hours on hundreds of acres with no worry from the adults.
One particularly warm summer day, I was running around the yard barefoot in front of the farm house when my grandma gave me this warning: “Don’t go down by the rabbit cages without shoes on. There is a lot of broken glass down there and I don’t want you to get cut.”
Maybe it was forgetfulness, or maybe it was the sheer stubborn will of a 6-year-old, but a little while later I visited those bunnies without any shoes. I, of course, cut my foot. Badly. It was such a deep cut that today, at 43 years old, there is still a thick raised scar on the side of my foot. Sometimes I run my finger across it and smile, recounting the story for my daughters or anyone who will listen about a hard lesson learned.
Those kinds of scars are formed as an accelerated skin reparation that is a result of a wound healing. Scars are layers of new cells and healing tissue produced within the wound. This healing process eventually results in a thicker part of the skin over the wound.
The skin around that thicker scar on my foot is much more sensitive than the scar tissue itself. The regrowth that formed the scar is … much stronger than the other skin, able to take more before there is pain.
Have you ever noticed that if you put a bandage over a non-bleeding wound, sometimes it takes that wound longer to heal and scar? Sure, you’re providing it some protection, but you are also prohibiting oxygen from reaching the wound, a necessity for the healing and scar-forming process. So you are, in fact, slowing the healing process for some wounds by covering them up.
What wounds are you covering today? If you removed the “bandage” and looked at them, dealt with them and allowed the scar tissue to form, how much stronger would you be?
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Jacqueline Wilson is a prime parent, wife, published author and freelance writer. She writes here, on Prime Parents’ Club, and on her observational parenting humor blog, WritRams.com: Writer Ramblings on Parenting Imperfectly. Follow her on Twitter as @WritRams and on her Facebook page.[/author_info]