It’s been nearly two months since I fell on the treadmill. One might expect that would have completed my post-injury healing process. Sadly, I have not.
While the wound itself has closed and new tissue has formed, I am left with significant scaring. I am diligent in protecting my legs by staying out of the sun as much as possible . I’ve been keeping my legs covered at all times. Let me tell you, in 100+ degree weather, this is not an easy task.
In addition to sun protection, I have also tried applying fresh aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil, Maderma cream, and the like. Nothing seemed to prevent my skin from taking on a DARK pigment with areas of hypopigmentation intermixed. My nurse practitioner friend’s opinion is that my scar is “Ugly,” and that I will need to have dermotology intervene.
Currently, I am using up the last of my Neosporin Scar Solution. This stuff worked well when I injured my hand, so I am hopeful that it will help reduce my leg scaring. Unfortunately, it is no longer on the US market, and I require three patches to cover all of the scared tissue. Each application is worn for 3-4 days; it won’t last long.
The scars on my leg are not the only scars left from my fall on the treadmill….
Today, I was finally able to carve out a bit of time for the gym. It’s not the first time post fall that I have been there, although it sure felt like it. I found myself on the treadmill that was involved in my fall back in March. I boarded in the usual manner, set the belt in motion and began making adjustments: incline 2.0%, speed 6.6 mph for starters. All was well, with one exception — I could not let go.
Somehow, I managed to cover 3 miles, but it was torturous. If it wasn’t enough to have a large, dark scar down the back of my calf and on my thigh, my psyche has also undergone significant scaring. Sadly, there is no magic cream or patch for that either.