This comment from my dad today came out of left field and just left me floored, not only because I have a 4-year old (sheesh- I could maybe understand if I was still pregnant), but because my dad is intact himself. I never would have expected an intact man to advocate circumcision at all, let alone on a 4-year old boy! I was a little uncomfortable with this discussion, because I kind of felt somewhat ambushed- we were talking about new tires for my car at the time - and this seriously came out of nowhere. And, I know its immature, but I also felt odd talking to my dad about the state of his penis, so I didn't really get into it with him.
I just pointed out that it's not a practice recommended by any health care organizations anymore, that the US is really the only western country where the practice is still common, and that his dad and I felt very strongly against having it done. My dad's argument was that he's had some horrible, miserable experiences because of his intact state.
I got a chance to talk to my mom a little later, and she told me that when he was in the hospital just recently for kidney cancer, they did a half-circumcision to put a catheter in! Say what? Is this kind of practice common? DS was hospitalized for a few days when he was 3 months old, and nobody said a word about circumcising him to put a cath in. Of course, I would have screamed bloody murder if they had suggested it, but I don't remember them even retracting him or even mentioning the fact that he was intact, and routine infant circumcision is still very depressingly common in this area.
Anyway, I just kind of wanted to get a feel for what others thought about this, because I've had a horrible month or two, and I know I'm super emotional right now with being sick (again) and being in lots of pain. I just feel really angry and sad at the same time- I feel bad for my father for what he went through, but at the same time, I feel angry at the doctors for doing something like that to him. I mean, I don't know all the medical details, but really? A circumcision just to put a catheter in? And I think the worst part is that now my father is advocating circumcision for babies and young boys- I know he has my son's best interests at heart, he doesn't want his grandson to suffer through the things he has, but I can't help but be angry anyway.