Shrapnel fragments visible on x-ray, Author Hellerhoff (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)
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The sharp, jagged, metal fragments from an exploding bomb, grenade, or landmine are known as shrapnel.
Shrapnel wounds require special care. Initially, these are open puncture wounds, with impaled objects so hot that medical personnel are strictly advised to leave them in place. Pressure on shrapnel wounds must be avoided, as this will only cause more damage to surrounding tissues and organs.
After it cools, some shrapnel can be removed surgically . Often, however, surgery would do more harm than good. There may be hundreds or thousands of small objects.
Over the years, fragments left behind can migrate within the body, making them still harder to find and access. It is not unusual for shrapnel to remain imbedded for decades .
The same is true for trauma beliefs. When children undergo trauma, they experience strong emotions. Like scorching metal fragments, these searing emotions highlight the traumatic event.
But children, also, draw conclusions from trauma. This is their attempt to make sense of the world. Unfortunately, the conclusions children draw may not be accurate .
Since the traumatic event is not fully understood, the child cannot fully process it. Instead, the emotions and faulty conclusions surrounding the trauma remain sharp, jagged, and are re-experienced, again and again.
This happens even after conscious memory of the event has faded. Like shrapnel, trauma beliefs remain in the body, and continue to do harm.
False Core Beliefs
Having been abandoned as children, we may fear that others will leave us as adults. Having been abused as children, we may believe ourselves unworthy of love as adults. These core beliefs about ourselves and the world around us may never be vocalized, never questioned. But they are deeply held.
Trauma beliefs “feel” accurate not because they are, but because we have held them for so long . They “feel” protective, but are actually self-sabotaging . Continue reading