A while ago I said to a friend that it feels really weird to say that " I am taking my 6 year old daughter to see a plastic surgeon tomorrow." Well tomorrow, she is scheduled for plastic surgery - more precisely Otoplasty - correction and re-shaping of the ears.
Although I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing for the right reasons, I have the usual mom's stress of a fluttering tummy, anxiety at my child's safety and worry for her comfort after. I know that it is a rather long procedure (one and a half hours) and rather painful after, but I also know that we will be saving her a heap om emotional pain later in life. We are also spending a small fortune on it (in cash - no medical aid will pay for it) but know that we will possibly save a small fortune is psychologists fees later.
The simple truth is that kids are cruel - and will find something to single a child out and tease her. With girls, this very often is ears. I am no Botox mom, I just want my child to grow up being as "normal" looking as possible. We are not doing this so that she can participate in beauty pageants or anything like that - it is not what our family is about.
So please, if I can ask your prayers for us all tomorrow. I am not a lover of anaesthetic at all, so my first stress is always about that. I know we will be fine, but support is always welcome. Most of all because we seem to have lost my mom's support over the issue. But that is a story for another day. At least my MIL is flying up from PE on Thursday to visit and support our little Princess.