Not Being Scarred Is Emotionally Scarring

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(My coworker’s twelve-year-old son is a week away from having his first surgery; he’ll be having his enlarged adenoids removed so he can breathe through his nose. Even though it’s routine, my coworker and his wife are, unsurprisingly, very anxious about someone cutting open their kid. How does the patient feel? My coworker tells me they had the following conversation about it.)

Son: “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about it, and I’m not as nervous as I was before.”

Coworker: “Good for you! Yeah, there’s nothing to be nervous about. You’ll sleep through the whole thing, you’ll wake up, and we’ll go out for ice cream afterward.”

Son: “And I’ve been thinking of all the cool stories I can tell about how I got the scar!”

Coworker: “But, buddy, you won’t have a scar.”

Son: *shocked* “What?!”

Coworker: “Yeah, they’re just gonna stick something up your nose and pull ’em out. They don’t need to cut your face open or anything. You won’t have any scar at all.”

Son: *in the disappointed, whiny tone used for demanding an expensive toy or treat at the grocery store* “But Dad!

(All things considered, I’d say that’s a very healthy attitude for a kid to have about surgery.)

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