The last few posts here have looked again at what can result from infant surgery in the long-term, this against the effects on me and others I know of the pyloric stenosis we had as a baby .
I received a long email in response to these posts, with the request to publish it here.
Hello, my name is Connie Harrison; I am 63 years old and I had pyloric stenosis surgery when I was 10 weeks old. This was in 1948, at least that was what my Father told me, and that is all he told me. I’ve no one to ask now as my Father and Mother are both deceased, as are any others that might have some information. I can only relate how the surgery may have affected my life up until now.
It is interesting to me that I never thought much about the surgery that left a scar on my abdomen from the bottom of my sternum to the top of my navel. It was just always there and I guess it really never concerned me. It was only until a few weeks ago when I woke up one morning with the thought in my head, “I wonder if the surgery I had at 10 weeks has somehow traumatized me?”
I had been receiving regular acupuncture for digestive problems and the acupuncturist had been needling around my scar. Two or three times a week she would insert about 20 needles in my abdomen around the scar and I would rest for an hour or more. So to wake up one morning with that thought in my head right out of the blue: was very thought provoking and I wondered right away, was it the acupuncture that had caused the thought. Had to be, I’d never ever thought anything close to that, and the scar was on my mind.
I immediately started looking around on the internet and that is when I found your website. Needless to say, since I was diagnosed last year with PTSD and all the things that go with it (as well as lifelong depression), I was astonished to find so many things in common with what I read on the web site. I have always, always had the feeling that there was something that happened to me as a child that I could not remember… so I am thinking the early infant surgery may be the answer. It really remains to be seen as I have had a lot of trauma in my life. Abandonment by my Mother and Father, my Grandmother, death by suicide (my father), separation from my Mother due to illness when I was 3 years old, and as an adult an abusive 1st marriage, my son’s drug and alcohol problem at a young age, and my daughter’s crippling RA (rheumatoid arthritis). Yes, many traumas… but still a lingering thought that would not go away, what else, what else?
So I know this is not much but it is definitely something for me to think on. It is unfortunate that I have no records, nor do I know where the surgery was performed.
I do think, however, that the acupuncture woke something up deep in my brain that caused me to wake up thinking about something that had never crossed my mind, nor would have in a million years. And of course the Holy Spirit had everything to do with it!
Thank you Fred, for your website and blog. I will be following it in the future, maybe some other miracle will awaken my long forgotten memories.
God Bless You!
Sincerely, Connie Harrison