Fred Vanderbom is a retired church pastor who is enjoying a varied and productive life with his beloved in the beautiful Land of Oz. Check out my Flickr photos and Fred’s Pages blogsite for more about me. And if you’re on Facebook, I invite interested readers to “friend” me on Facebook – but with a Message please, as I query friendship requests from folk I don’t know or recall and who don’t introduce themselves.
For many years I have reflected on the various effects of the very early surgery that saved my life but messed me up somewhat psychologically. This process, together with the ease of learning, networking and interacting via the internet, have all “come together” in this blogsite.
For most of my life I’ve been intrigued by the surgery I had as a newborn. I don’t remember a thing, but it has affected me deeply, as my “somatic (body) memory” recalls in several definite ways that something traumatic happened in my past.
Since linking with the web in 1997 I have consumed information websites and on-line journal articles about this subject and its ramifications. I have read countless online comments by others similarly affected and had some fascinating, affirmative, heart-rending and heart-warming correspondence with fellow survivors and their parents, as well as with medical and counselling professionals.
The passing years had already increasingly assured me that I was far from unique in having a scar about which I knew almost nothing and had trouble embracing. I now realized also that I was not “strange” or alone in my experience of what was clearly trauma. I imagine the same “Aha!” moments have happened to many others whose infant pre-verbal trauma was differently caused but similar in essence.
All this has taught me that I am not the lonely freak I long thought I was: I belong to a small but still sizable minority of those affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) – which I’m grateful has been relatively mild in my case. It’s been found that PTSD can result from several of the circumstances that can come with surgery of my vintage or other horrible experiences of infancy – and including, yes, some “procedures” such as circumcision today.
Despite having no formal medical training and professional medical experience, I have read widely in this field over many years – with the mind and heart of somebody with good “people-skills” who has had 50+ years of pastoral training and rich life experience. My university training and family love of writing have enabled me to blog in a way that has (so far) brought only appreciative and affirmative response.
So what you find here must not be read as personal professional medical advice. Rather, it is a sharing of published information and personal reflection, I trust responsibly put together and tastefully spiced with something of others’ and my own personal experiences.
I have told something of my own story also: click on the “My Story” tab (at the right end of the bar at the top of this page) if you are interested in how pyloric stenosis affected somebody born in the mid-1940s – and what I and others have learnt about managing this.
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