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#1 steppingonlego

Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:58 PM

I can’t believe I just realised but my teen son has to have a circumcision for medical reasons and his school camp is 10 days later.

He is 16 the camp is quite active (canoeing hiking biking)

I will call the specialist but I assume camp will be a no go.

Has anyone has an older teen son undergo this?

#2 WTF*A*Lot

Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:35 PM

I would look at postponing the surgery. Because if his mates don’t know what is happening, it might be a bit awkward trying to explain why he isn’t going.

#3 steppingonlego

Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:50 PM

I don’t want to postpone we had already postponed so it would be over school holidays for recovery.

He doesn’t want to go to the camp he thinks it would be fab to miss camp.

Having paid for it I am less keen

#4 klr75

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:27 PM

If you get a medical certificate can you get a refund?

#5 steppingonlego

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:39 PM

Hmmm I don’t think so it is built into his school fees. Will check.

Camp starts 10 days after the procedure from my online reading it seems unlikely he would be able to do the activities but I will check in with the Drs office.

It is a very active camp so I doubt he could go and sit on the sidelines

#6 Pearson

Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:08 PM

Um.no. Postpone surgery.
It takes a lot longer than that to heal good & proper. It took my son 6 weeks to full recovery.
They have to keep the area super clean, it's tender, for boys it is harder, because they knock it accidentally too. Stitches may not be fully dissolved/removed.

#7 steppingonlego

Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:11 PM

Thanks

We will withdraw him from camp. It is booked for a weeks time in school holidays and we can’t do the next school holidays.

Better to miss the camp than miss a week of school and especially when he doesn’t even want to do the camp

#8 Pearson

Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:29 PM

View Poststeppingonlego, on 01 July 2019 - 10:11 PM, said:

Thanks

We will withdraw him from camp. It is booked for a weeks time in school holidays and we can’t do the next school holidays.

Better to miss the camp than miss a week of school and especially when he doesn’t even want to do the camp

No worries. Tell him to follow the pain med advice and the AB advice. Do it all properly, it will be ok. Also take an icepack for after in the car on way home. Every. Little. Bump.our surgeon was an hour away.😥

#9 steppingonlego

Posted 02 July 2019 - 08:55 AM

Yikes good tip!

I have had some advice like using a sanitary pad in underwear to stop things sticking etc but the letter I got from the surgeon does not have much about after care or down time which I assume I will find out on the day.

#10 Holidayromp

Posted 02 July 2019 - 09:18 AM

To be honest there is no way I would defer necessary surgery just for a school camp  irrespective of whether he wants to go or not.

There will never be a ‘right time’ and there will always be something that will come up.

It is good to see that the camp will be given a miss.  Once its done its done and then you can move on.  Deferring will only serve to make things harder as other things come up to throw a potential spanner in the works.

#11 TheGreenSheep

Posted 02 July 2019 - 09:36 AM

We live an our plus from the hospital and he was fine for the car trip, he still had analgesia in his system from the surgery - the paed anaesthatist told us it would be that way. The hospital gave him a non stick dressing that slipped into his undies and a few spare for afterwards. He was happy to be home in his own bed, slept the whole night and woke up at 5am needing to wee. All he wanted was panadol and a drink.
With our DS he was cleared to go back to sports and active play a week later.
Pain management was regular panadol for two days and then see how it goes. He didn’t want much panadol and I had to force him to take it, gave up day 2.
The surgeon was very much about moving on with life and putting it behind him. And tbh he hasn’t looked back, he was so relieved to be out of pain and happy it was gone.

#12 steppingonlego

Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:02 AM

Thanks I spoke with the surgeon and he said to skip camp. He said he might be ok for some activities and not others.

My son will dance a jig when I tell him.

There is no way I would defer it he has suffered with it long enough and is very keen to get it over and done with. He won't miss any school which is the most important thing.

Will find something for him to do relevant to studies in the week off given he will be back at school for 5 days and then off again :dry:

#13 Safety Queen

Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:10 PM

Also use make up remove pads  (the circle ones to help clean as they have less fluff and can be thrown out ) Also for the age talk to him about limiting things that might umm...excite him just to reduce chances of " inflation".  sorry i know hard to think about but he wont think of it

#14 steppingonlego

Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:14 PM

View PostSafety Queen, on 02 July 2019 - 12:10 PM, said:

Also use make up remove pads  (the circle ones to help clean as they have less fluff and can be thrown out ) Also for the age talk to him about limiting things that might umm...excite him just to reduce chances of " inflation".  sorry i know hard to think about but he wont think of it

:rofl:

Poor DS was at the urologist office with me and the surgeon just loudly said "and no masturbating for 6 weeks"

I think he almost died of embarrassment.

I have always been very open and honest in discussing these things with him so will go over it all again the day before

#15 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:20 PM

DS had it done at 12, and spent the first 3 days or so in just a long t-shirt, no pants or undies.  Pain wasn't too bad, Soov cream helped, with panadol/neurofen.

Thin pads would be useful if he wants to wear undies though, even just to keep the cream off clothing.

My DS hasn't looked back either.  it was such a relief to get it done and out of the way.  Definitely worth missing camp for.

#16 steppingonlego

Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:58 PM

Thank you

Dr has actually recommended firm fitting undies. I as suprised by that as well.

Might make sure we have both

#17 FatherofFour

Posted 02 July 2019 - 01:10 PM

My boys used a fedora hat placed over their groin area to keep the quilt / sheet / blankets from touching while they lay on their backs in bed.

#18 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 02 July 2019 - 01:15 PM

View Poststeppingonlego, on 02 July 2019 - 12:58 PM, said:

Thank you

Dr has actually recommended firm fitting undies. I as suprised by that as well.

Might make sure we have both

Now you mention it - I took boxer shorts for DS to wear home in the car, and he hated it.  Firm fitting undies were much more comfortable - I think they held everything firmly and stopped any 'bounce'.

It was at home when he wasn't moving around much that he preferred the commando option.

#19 Trevor Trove

Posted 02 July 2019 - 05:05 PM

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Better to miss the camp than miss a week of school and especially when he doesn’t even want to do the camp
Never been a better excuse to get out of camp.

#20 Pearson

Posted 02 July 2019 - 07:53 PM

View PostSafety Queen, on 02 July 2019 - 12:10 PM, said:

Also use make up remove pads  (the circle ones to help clean as they have less fluff and can be thrown out ) Also for the age talk to him about limiting things that might umm...excite him just to reduce chances of " inflation".  sorry i know hard to think about but he wont think of it

Yeah, the doc tells them about this. However, they're teenage boys... sometimes there is no control over things especially in the morning.

Oh, and the 6 week comment about my DS recovery this was referencing not waking up in pain in the morning.
My DS was 17, and apparently it is worse the older you get it done, and there is also a difference depending on severity of phimosis.

Edited by Pearson, 02 July 2019 - 07:54 PM.


#21 bakesgirls

Posted 02 July 2019 - 08:54 PM

I keep reading the title of this thread as ' Teen circumcision AT school camp'. and thinking WTF kind of school camp is this? :omg:

On a serious note, I hope his recovery is uneventful and fast.

#22 Just Jack

Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:01 PM

View Postbakesgirls, on 02 July 2019 - 08:54 PM, said:

I keep reading the title of this thread as ' Teen circumcision AT school camp'. and thinking WTF kind of school camp is this? :omg:

On a serious note, I hope his recovery is uneventful and fast.

Like haircutting gone horribly wrong? 😂😂

#23 steppingonlego

Posted 06 July 2019 - 01:49 PM

Can I ask those of you that have had boys have this done when older is it a long procedure? I read an hour I think which seems a long time probably me being nervous about him being under anaesthetic that long

#24 Pearson

Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:38 PM

Not long at all, my son was under local not general. If it's an hour for GA, that is not long, that's less than an hour before they bring him out. And it's fine work, so don't want them to rush.

#25 steppingonlego

Posted 06 July 2019 - 07:10 PM

Thanks just nervous for him I guess




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