I sustained my burn injury in 1998 at the age of 8, it was roughly a 25% flame injury to my face, neck, chest, abdomen and both upper arms. I was in hospital for a few weeks. For almost a week, I was in a coma due to inhalation and swelling to my face. After that, I was having dressing changes twice a week.
When I saw myself in the mirror for the first time after a few weeks, I was shocked! I remember once, I saw a picture of me with my scar and I tore it into pieces. I was generally comfortable with my burn scars until I saw a reflection of myself or someone pointed out my scars – this made me feel less confident.
After my hospital discharge, I had both surgical and scar therapy management. I have had skin grafts, scar revision and I wore pressure garments for a few months, although the recommendation was for a year.