Month: September 2006

What I Didn’t Know Then.

I had a flashback moment tonight. Just one of those freaky-weird deja vu kind of things, only it was someone elses actions that brought it on.

There was a post on my playgroup board this weekend about a child who had gotten hold of scissors and cut their hair. Raise a hand if you have been there. Everyone, or pretty close to? Yeah, thats what I thought. Well, there is always that mom who knows everything, and today somone decided to take the role and point out that her child had never done it, she had been taught from a young age to only cut paper.

Have you picked yourself up off the floor from laughing yet? Go ahead, I’ll give you another minute…

I couldn’t help but laugh, because I’ve been in her shoes. I’ve been in that frame of mind that my child is turning out great, I must have this parenting thing down, right? Heck, I knew it all. I was doing so well I could have written a book. If everyone would just use common sense and do X,Y, and Z, their kids would be as well behaved as mine. All would be right with the world.

Then I had Brendan. That boy must have burned the manuscript to the parenting book I was so confidently writing, and knowing him, laughed as he did it. Suddenly none of my rules on how to raise kids applied. The things that Gabrielle responded to didn’t work with him, and I figured out exactly how stupid I am when it comes to raising kids. I thought I knew it all, now I realize I knew nothing. Heck, even with 3 years of Brendan Boot Camp under my belt, I STILL don’t know what the hell I am doing with him. He still manages to shock, anger, and totally baffle me on any given day. Just today he went from sharing his treats with his brother, to trying to tackle him, to bringing me two doorknobs off his closet doors that he’d figure out how to take off in roughly 3.5 seconds. I’m not talking doorknob covers, I am talking little white knobs that screw onto the door.

I looked, but I can’t find that one in ANY of my parenting manuals. Maybe my playgroup friend has the answer.

It’s a Dog’s Life.

I Wouldn’t Know Where to Start

So feel free to make your own jokes on this one.

First penis transplant reversed after two weeks

Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:14 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) – Surgeons in China who said they performed the first successful penis transplant had to remove the donated organ because of the severe psychological problems it caused to the recipient and his wife.

Dr Weilie Hu and surgeons at Guangzhou General Hospital in China performed the complex 15-hour surgery on a 44-year old man whose penis had been damaged in a traumatic accident.

The microsurgery to attach the penis, which had been donated by the parents of a 22-year-old brain-dead man, was successful but Hu and his team removed it two weeks later.

“Because of a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife, the transplanted penis regretfully had to be cut off,” Hu said in a report published online by the peer reviewed journal European Urology, without elaborating.

“This is the first reported case of penile transplantation in a human,” Hu added.

Both the man and his wife had requested the surgery. He had been unable to have intercourse or urinate properly since the accident that occurred 8 months before the surgery was performed.

Ten days after the operation, which had been approved by the hospital’s medical ethical committee, the recipient had been able to urinate.

There had been no signs of the 10-centimetre (4-inch) organ being rejected by the recipient’s body. But Hu said more cases and longer observation are needed to determine whether sexual sensation and function can be restored.

“The patient finally decided to give up the treatment because of the wife’s psychological rejection, as well as the swollen shape of the transplanted penis” Hu added.

In a commentary in the journal, Yoram Vardi, of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, said the successful surgery represents an additional step in contemporary medicine.

But he added that careful patient selection is required as well as thorough informed consent of the patient and his family.

“Satisfactory consideration of these issues must be taken into account so that this approach can be considered a serious therapeutic option in the future,” Vardi added.

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