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Liberty to the ER... need some advice on scars... :-(

post #1 of 28
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General. Skiing. Discussion.  Sort of.

Yeah we had to go to the ER last night.  Liberty caught an icicle near the eye and had to get some stitches.  She was building a fort and was knocking icicles off the roof and got whacked pretty good. 

THANKFULLY it wasn't her eye.  It was really deep...would have destroyed her eye.  It was a close one.

She was so brave- you guys would have been proud of her.  I was done at work but had to ride the Start Bus to the hospital.  What a terrible ride.  Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic.

post #2 of 28
 Lucky it wasn't the eye!  Why wasn't your daughter wearing a helmet and safety glasses?  Don't you read the helmet threads?  I guess the imporant questions are...  Did the fort get finished?  and how cool does she feel with those Rad, Hardcore stitches?

Maybe we can have a contest for the coolest "how I really got this scar story".
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
Funny! Life Happens! We're taking today off and resting. Fort is ongoing major construction project.
post #4 of 28
I trust you'll get an answer from one of the ER docs that post here. For now, what I know from personal experience only (not a doc) is to keep that area out of the direct sun for a pretty long while. Ointments and dressings will be a part of the therapy I imagine. good luck with it.
post #5 of 28
 Scary stuff, glad shes ok.. Viamin E oil on the scar..

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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post

General. Skiing. Discussion.  Sort of.

Yeah we had to go to the ER last night.  Liberty caught an icicle near the eye and had to get some stitches.  She was building a fort and was knocking icicles off the roof and got whacked pretty good. 

THANKFULLY it wasn't her eye.  It was really deep...would have destroyed her eye.  It was a close one.

She was so brave- you guys would have been proud of her.  I was done at work but had to ride the Start Bus to the hospital.  What a terrible ride.  Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic.

post #6 of 28
 Badge of honor for a mountain girl!


Close call...ouch!
post #7 of 28
+1 on the vitamin E. 

I have no idea whether it actually works or not, but I believe it does, so there. 

Also opn the plus side, we've already seen a good demonstration of how well your kids heal.

Tell her "good luck" for me.  It actually looks pretty good on her.
post #8 of 28
There's a ointment proven to reduce scarring. It's called Mederma. But, before you rush to get anything, you need to let it heal as in, stitches out first. Skin heals through 40% new skin growth and 60% wound contracture, so, her cut will get smaller even if you do nothing. The other option is to let a plastic surgeon do a "Z" plasty on the scar later, but, I bet, her scar will end up looking okay without the plastic surgery.
Mederma does have a website at mederma.com.
I'm working today...believe me, her scar looks good. I had a guy pull off his sock today and saw that his "ruptured blister" was actually gangrene involving most of his foot. The smell was quite impressive. Looks like a beer for me on the way home tonight....
post #9 of 28
A real badge of honor.   Has to be the coolest Fort in Wyoming - help her finish it dad.  Always hurts us when our kids are hurt or just b arely escape bad stuff.
post #10 of 28
Pete,

 I've recently heard that CoQ10 works quite well on scars.?????? The icicle off the roof reminds me of the "Christmas Story" You'll shoot your eye out kid.

 Listen ANYONE that can ski that fast in powder that deep needs some scars. The bumps and bruises of life keeps one alive. Man kids are fearless.
 She seems young enough that it will fade in time. I had one worse than that and only in the right light can you see it today.

 ER doctors today are well versed in what stitch to use in facial cuts. That looks like the stitch that was used on me.
 
Regards,
Edited by skimalibu - 1/30/10 at 10:16pm
post #11 of 28
You might not believe me, but my brother had some nasty gashes on his hands, and face, and mom always used honey..You cant see his scars unless you look close..I know it sounds weird, but I have seen it work..He will be with me next week, and I will show you in person

Lee
post #12 of 28
The old "icicle" story, eh? I bet it was the Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
post #13 of 28
 I'll try and bring over the Igloo tool I spoke of tonight.  It's pretty rad and your kids will have the best fort complex in town!  Our ski school party is tonight and fly rod building is tomorrow night, but I could probably help on Tuesday or Weds nights if the MO for the tool is misunderstood.

I love Forts!  
post #14 of 28
Fixed it for you

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The old "icicle" story, eh? I bet it was the Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, with the compass in the stock.
post #15 of 28
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 I'll try and bring over the Igloo tool I spoke of tonight.  It's pretty rad and your kids will have the best fort complex in town!  Our ski school party is tonight and fly rod building is tomorrow night, but I could probably help on Tuesday or Weds nights if the MO for the tool is misunderstood.

I love Forts!  
 

I don't mean to hijack. But this tool has got me interested and wondering. Could you post a picture? I've built a few Igloos in my day. If there a tool or form to make uniform blocks. This I've got to see.
post #16 of 28
 Check out the website grandshelters.com for more info.  
post #17 of 28
Wow! Thanks I will
post #18 of 28
 Glad she is OK SIJ, could have been a lot worse. I knew a girl named Liberty where I grew up back in Maine, she was a rippin skier as well, we pretty much grew up on that mountain.
post #19 of 28
Heal up Liberty!
post #20 of 28
Heal up soon Liberty! Glad it wasnt your eye plus you have some cool stitches to show for your adventure!! We know you'll be out charging soon!
post #21 of 28
Oh God, please don't let some one from OHSA see this post....  Were the plans approved by the town committe? Did you pull the permits on time?????  It wasn't near indian burail grounds I hope, You remember what happened in Poltergiest? 

Give her our best and I hope she heals up well. Is she concerned about a scar? 3x on the vit-E. Even past therapists have suggested that if you can't get the Mederma.
post #22 of 28
What a trooper you have there Stephen.  My kids were bombing down the solid iced street on their sleds last night and had many close calls.  A kid across town hit a fire hydrant head first

That scar should heal just fine.  My sister had a swing set glider gash between the eyes then 7 stitches by her eye from being hit by a car in junior high while crossing the highway.  Both healed up just fine and she looked great in high school and college.  Kids are resilient.


Thanks for sharing. I suspect she is quite sore today.  I hope she feels better soon, but gets plenty of sympathy mileage out of the injury while she heals up this week.  Girls are entitled to a little extra there ya know
post #23 of 28
Stephen,
Libs will be looking good as new, and, what a good looking young lady she is.



Give her a hug from the "January Gang". And to Christy too!
post #24 of 28
Right On!
post #25 of 28
Sorry to be late to the thread, but I have been busy at work.  It looks as if they did a very nice job of closing the cut.  The sutures will likely need to come out after 5-7 days, max.  While the most important thing that influences how the scar is going to look is how she naturally heals.  If she naturally heals well she will have a small scar.  Being young is also good.  The thing that will make the scar worse is tension...pulling the scar apart will lead to a wider scar.  That area may be prone to tension with all the smiling she does while skiing powder.  One way to relieve tension is to keep a steri-strip (tape) on the cut (linearly, not across) after the sutures come out.  Do this for a prolonged time to keep the tension off.  Obviously, it is ok to take it off now and then but tension is the enemy of making small scars.  See if you can score some Steri-strips from her doctor when the sutures come out.  If not, pm me and I will mail you some.

As to Vit. E, it won't hurt.  Good luck, but she should heal just fine.
post #26 of 28
SIJ:

How's Liberty doing after a few days of healing up?  Hope all is well!  Sending good vibes from the East Coast.

Mike

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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post

General. Skiing. Discussion.  Sort of.

Yeah we had to go to the ER last night.  Liberty caught an icicle near the eye and had to get some stitches.  She was building a fort and was knocking icicles off the roof and got whacked pretty good. 

THANKFULLY it wasn't her eye.  It was really deep...would have destroyed her eye.  It was a close one.

She was so brave- you guys would have been proud of her.  I was done at work but had to ride the Start Bus to the hospital.  What a terrible ride.  Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic.

post #27 of 28
I spoke with SIJ this morning and Liberty is healing very nicely. Part of her therapy includes making turns down Tower 3 Chutes.

Team McDonald is headed out on a Bluebird day to ski JH. In Philly, we are also having a bluebird day, but, digging out of 18 plus inches of snow. I live in the wrong place.

We have not heard the last of Stephen's family, but, let future updates or news be about good stuff.
post #28 of 28
 Those stitches are inside the goggle tan line, but I've been told that scar tissue and healing tissue need to be protected from the sun.
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