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Man Enough To Face the Pain
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I scheduled review sessions with my preschooler every afternoon this week as they are having series of quizzes everyday until their second quarter exams before the Halloween celebrations. It is during one of these sessions when son Raymund arrived from school, barely able to walk, after sustaining a deep cut in his right leg. He was playing basketball (again!) with friends in the school quadrangle, when he lost his balance while running, accidentally dragged his right leg in the canal where rusted metals were lying. He was supposed to be attending the MTAP review but his teacher canceled and re-scheduled it. Since his dad was not yet around to fetch him, he decided to play instead.

It was good Gina, our maid, was with him. She decided not to wait for his dad anymore as he was still having his class in the university. They went home by bus.

When they reached home, my son was so anxious, worrying that I might get angry. I was jittery, especially when I saw the cut in his leg. It was my first time to see any of them injured.

I did what needed to be done - called up my husband to buy wound suture and anesthesia, cleaned the wound, gave him antibiotic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory, and allowed him to rest while waiting for his dad to arrive. While we were waiting, I started explaining to him what he's going to expect, that it's going to be painful (it's his first time to be sutured). He was quiet, was probably conditioning his mind.

The moment he heard his dad arrive, he started to whine, afraid it could be painful. His dad told him it will be at first, but it needed to be done. My son then assured his dad that he was ready.

Yes, my son was man enough to face the pain. There was not a single tear shed throughout the procedure. Now we know his ready to face circumcision!
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 1:16 PM  
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