Well, if Bob’s doing a caption competition…

Here’s a photo of my best scar, which looks like a winky smiley face. Story here [1]. please leave a caption, or a photo of your own scar, in the comments!

1 I recycle my blog material for the good of the environment

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"one of the sillier science bloggers [...] I thought I should give a warning to the more staid members of the community." - Bob O'Hara, December 2010
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15 Responses to Well, if Bob’s doing a caption competition…

  1. Henry Gee says:

    I have duly flipped over to your Other Blog and left the requisite ghouslish anecdote.

  2. Sabine Hossenfelder says:

    Does it tan? I know somebody with a similar looking star but it will stay pinkish when the surrounding skin gets tanned.

  3. Cath Ennis says:

    Henry: photos, or it didn’t happen!
    Sabine: it doesn’t, but then neither does the rest of me! I just get more freckles.

  4. Richard Wintle says:

    Agh! WHY did I clickety-click on your scar story over at Cath’s Other Blog(TM). Ow. Ow ow ow ow ow.

  5. Ken Doyle says:

    That sounds horribly painful. I can’t match it, for sure!

  6. Cath Ennis says:

    No ow ow ow, no pain. Nerve damage FTW!
    (not really. Physio sucks).

  7. Anna Kushnir says:

    Whoa, that was intense (reading your account). No funny caption, just my sympathies and relief that all healed alright in the end! You were a brave little girl, Cath!

  8. Bob O'Hara says:

    “Ennis reveals scars from failed attempt to teach dinosaurs to do the hokey-cokey”

  9. Heather Etchevers says:

    My husband has a similar gruesome scar, with little flanking scars for all the sutures, in a similar location for a similar reason at a similar age. He was five, and fell off a tractor on what was reportedly “the only rock in the field”. They also had to break his arm a second time because once they took off the first cast they realized they had missed one of the breaks and it healed badly. (This was in the early ’70s in rural France.) He won’t let me take a photo of it, because he just accused me of wasting time.
    (What? wasting time by offering my unasked for opinions on the Internet?!)
    And my interesting scar has an uninteresting story attached to it, and my daughter’s interesting scars are too interesting to go over that well. I know a thing or two about scars, though.

  10. Cath Ennis says:

    Thanks, Anna! I was more bored than brave, though (see previous comment on the complete absence of pain until the physio started). Two weeks in traction, barely able to raise my head off the pillow, was not fun.
    Nice one, Bob!
    Heather, that sounds awful. Does he have full function in the arm and hand now? My physio told me that if you can touch every finger to your thumb, you have full function. It took about six months to get to that stage…

  11. Cath Ennis says:

    p.s. after reading your linked post, I wonder how different the scar might look if they’d been able to get to it when it burst, and change dressings etc. It was stuck under a full arm cast for six weeks instead…

  12. Heather Etchevers says:

    Cath – he has full function by your definition, but can’t extend the arm fully. Re: your scar, this can be redone to sometimes good effect, but there are also some risks involved. If you’ve lived with it this long, you’re probably used to it. Depends a lot on your skin quality. From my point of view, it’s a pretty good scar. It would be very easy to get rid of the dimple, though.

  13. Cath Ennis says:

    Yeah, after 25 years it hardly seems worth it… “new” friends and acquaintances sometimes only spot it after knowing me for several years!

  14. Eva Amsen says:

    Reading about other people’s scars makes my own scar itch. I know it’s entirely psychological, but [shudder]

  15. Cath Ennis says:

    Mine’s itching now. Thanks, Eva.

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