This last post for 2013 on the “Surviving Infant Surgery” (SIS) site was written away from home and after a very busy but delightful, Christian, and family Christmas. I thought if might be of interest to list the most visited posts of this blogsite during the past year.
It is with continual surprise and gratitude that after three years I continue to see the interest in the SIS blog rise each year, so that the total “hits” now number almost 50,000. Even more gratifying is the feedback from many readers, online and by email. The message of your comments is, “Thank you, you’re helping people like me (or us) so much with your honesty, careful writing, shared experiences, and by helping me / us to realize that my / our experience is far from a lone or odd one. Do keep up the good work.”
The post that drew the most interest by quite a margin was about the possible long-term effects of infant pyloric stenosis (“PS”) and the surgery that often follows it, Ramstedt’s pyloromyotomy.
Adhesions after a pyloromyotomy were a frequent and often troublesome concern among those who used this blog during 2013. Two of the top 10 discussed this, the posts # 2 and # 6. The 2nd most visited post dealt with the effect of the surgical scar and internal adhesions on a pregnancy, and the subject of #6 was the adhesions that can be expected after any abdominal surgery – with special reference to the trouble adhesions have been found to cause to people after an infant pyloromyotomy. Sadly, this is one of the subjects raised by PS and its surgical “remedy” that most doctors brush off with a vengeance: there is no prescription, no surgery, and no other easy way of dealing with abdominal adhesions.
The subject that had the next (3rd) most readers’ interest was related to this also: Does an abdominal scar cause trouble during pregnancy? The short answer is that it can – but usually if any, it is a relatively minor discomfort.
The post with the 4th highest number of “hits” discussed a deep fear and occasional reality: Can PS raise its horrible head again after a pyloromyotomy? Continued vomiting, although of a less violent form, is quite common, even to be expected, after a pyloromyotomy, although usually only for a short time. It is very understandable that parents who have just been through the harrowing experience (indeed, traumatic for many) of infant PS will be more than anxious about this possibility. While most doctors and hospital staff are reported to be very supportive in this situation, many parents are unsettled (to say the least) by the earlier bland and simplistic assurances that “surgery fixes PS immediately, permanently, and without any after-effects”.
The post that came 5th in popularity in 2013 reflects another area of anxiety and emotional pain that has come with the surgery for PS: while some care nothing about their scar, others can tell tall stories about it, and some hardly think about it, there are many “py babies” who grow up to hate their scar with deeply felt hatred and embarrassment and would dearly love to be rid of it. So one of my posts on scar reduction plastic surgery rated #5 in interest.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress sometimes result from the anxiety, surgery, and maternal separation that PS can bring, especially from the way the condition and its surgery were handled up to the late 20th century. This subject was also discussed in many posts, but the one that rated # 8 in 2013 made the top 10.
By using the “Categories” search box (top right of the page) or searching for keywords or “tags”, readers will usually be able to find a number of posts on each of these and other subjects.
The “My Story” page (with its tab at the head of every page) has also rated very well. Thank you for your interest, encouragement and support!
At the end of another productive year of SIS, I want to thank all my readers and especially those who have given feedback online or by email.