Jenny - posted on 11/21/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )
I was just wondering, for those of you whose children had open heart surgery when they were little...What does the scar look like now? How do you talk about it with your child? Do they see it as a trophy? As a defect/burden? Are they embarrassed by it? For the moment, Emmie's scars (at approx. 11 months post op) are still very evident (she had a sternectomy and then various drains and caths, so she's got scars ALL OVER her chest and stomach). I guess I'm just concerned about how to talk to her about them later on, and what they might look like down the road.
I guess I'm pretty lucky if my biggest concern with her for the moment is how her scars look, huh?