Monthly Archives: February 2011

“Are [Your] Symptoms Due To Surgical Trauma?”

Recently, I read a non-fiction story that made me wonder about whether the author had suffered early trauma. Her narrative described a breakdown at around age twenty, in which she had become paranoid and severely frightened and confused, but the writer does not explain why these symptoms and feelings occurred. As a result, she was…

A Message from the Universe

You are loved by the universe, Sidra says. Sure, I was taking care of her, along with other marine lab techs at the University of Miami Graduate School in 1974, and she was captive and dependent. Yes, I fed her the noon meal daily, even on weeekends, so she grew to associate me with food….

“The Bellow of a Resected Colon” by Roey Shmool

Wendy here. I’m so happy to introduce Roey to the readers of myincision. What follows is his brief biography and his autobiographical piece, “The Bellow of a Resected Colon.”  Please direct your Comments to Roey. I hope he hears from you. ********************** My name is Roey Shmool. I was born with Hirschsprung’s disease and had 7 surgeries…

Oral History – Untreated PTSD

Dentist’s chair, twelve years old, East Orange, New Jersey: Dr. Salada calls my mother into the room to see the caverns I’ve bitten out of the walls of my mouth. He peels my lower lip down to show her the gouges. I, too am shocked when he holds the mirror up so I can see….

Castle Fear is Folding

Fear and anxiety have been constant companions in my life–symptoms of what Dr. Tinnin, in his blogpost about infant surgery without anesthesia, calls chronic post traumatic stress. Until recent year, my body was a source of shame and danger; my body was frozen. I am finally finding comfort and peace in my own skin. This…

Doctor Starts Blog about Infant Surgery Without Anesthesia

Anyone now 23 years or older who had major surgery as a baby is at risk for chronic posttraumatic illness . . . When I saw Dr. Louis Tinnin’s new blog, I literally wept. He and a team of psychologists who run Intensive Trauma Therapy, Inc. (ITT), a program in Morgantown, West Virginia, are acknowledging…

About PTSD: Some Sources

In a month or so, I’ll be teaching students in my English 1A courses about medical humanities and sharing my blog with them. Then in my colleague Dylan Eret’s Humanities class, I’ll lead a writing exercise about scars and discuss my experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. At classes and presentations, I give out…