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These days I think they try not to remove the tonsils because if you can get through childhood with them intact they are good filters against other respiratory problems - or so I've heard. I also had a tonsilectomy but I was 4 years old and I think I would have had little or no memory of it except for the horrible thing that happened to me.
Because my family didn't have health insurance, when I became so sick from constant colds that my folks were told I needed to have the tonsils out, we went to my paternal grandparents' home so that Grandma's doctor could take care of me. I was later told that my Grandfather paid for the procedure.
I will never forget Dr. L. To a small child she was a fearsome image (certainly not her fault). At that time she was unusual to begin with since she was a woman and it was the early 1940s. She wasn't very good to look at, but she wore these very large magnifying glasses that made her eyes look enormous and to me she was like this huge bug. I'm sure if she had been kind I would have gotten past her looks, but to make a long story short, she abused me sexually. I won't go into the details, although I remember a lot of what today we refer to as inappropriate touching when I was alone with her. This occurred because I stayed overnight in the hospital and I suppose the nurse thought nothing of it when she spent time alone with me at night. I had been crying a lot because I wanted my mother. In those days a parent couldn't stay with a child.
I never told anyone, of course, until I was an adult. My mother and I got into a conversation about my Grandmother and I told her my memory. She was horrified and confided in me that at the time she was glad Dr. L was not our usual physician because she hadn't liked the woman and the way she treated me even when someone was around. Fortunately it was one of only two times that I saw her because we went back to NYC and our regular family doctor.