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estherchaya
weird memory.
I was 6 when I had my first eye surgery. We were living in Spain at the time and I was flown back to the states for my eye exams (there was no motility specialist on the base in Spain and the other option was Germany). So instead of skipping kindergarten, I missed six weeks of school to have eye exams and eye surgery.

I had a stuffed monkey named Minky. He was soft and cuddly and squishy and fun. I loved Minky. I had my surgery and then recovered and then we were to fly back to Spain. I have no idea where we flew out of... maybe Dulles, but I'm not sure. It was a military transport, but that doesn't mean anything. And hey, this was back in 1982, so who the heck knows. Anyway, we had to take a bus from the terminal to the plane and then walk up stairs to the plane. I got onto the plane and then realized that I'd left Minky on the bus. I was devastated. Hysterical. And my poor mother tried and tried and tried to get Minky back, but he was never located. *sniff* Then she had to fly for 8 hours with me hysterical. Sometimes, my mother really was a saint.

Several months later for my birthday, or Christmas or Chanukkah or whatever, I got a bear made by the same manufacturer, who was exactly the same color and felt the same except he was fatter and therefore denser. My parent's wouldn't let me name him Minky. They thought I needed to "move on." So I named him Binky. I was very original.

When I was 12, I had my second eye surgery. I brought Binky with me. They even let me take him into the OR. Binky had one flaw... some of his fur fell down over one eye after years of abuse. Not sure how it happened. But after I woke up from surgery, Binky was cured. Binky had surgery too. Not sure how they fixed it... didn't look like they cut it, but I'm not sure what they could have done.

I didn't bring any stuffed animals with me to my third or fourth eye surgeries.

Sometimes I remember the strangest things.

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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: January 27th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
What was the surgery for? Strabismus?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 27th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
yup.
From: gittygiggles Date: January 27th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey, in 1982 i was born! what month? ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 27th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
no idea.
yarbiedoll From: yarbiedoll Date: January 27th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Binky's surgery makes a great story. I love childhood memories. :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 27th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's pretty funny. The doctors at Bethesda were always great.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: January 27th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still have my bear from when I was a kid. It's gone through many names (depending on the times) and is now just "Bear". But much to my husband's shegrin, "Bear" still sleeps with me. In the middle of the night, I'll wake up and not be able to find him. Sometimes he's kidnapped him, but most of the time he's hidden in the covers. There have been times that my he's been woken to, "Honey, have you seen Bear?"

Bear's got no fluff left in his body and his head is very hard (I guess I squeezed all the fluff into there). He is warm and cuddly. When my daughter was born, I was going to pass Bear down to her, but she showed no real interest in him. I was VERY glad!

I didn't bring him to Israel with us (completely by accident) and I couldn't sleep well the whole time we were there. I also had nightmares that my house would burn down with my bear in it. I think I'm way to attached! Must go snuggle with him now.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 27th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure it does. You learned from this post that I am a military brat, which implies moving a lot. And you also learned in this post that I lived in at least two countries, which helps a little with the statement of how many countries I've lived in.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 27th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: (Not so, I lie!)

Actually, I'm trying now to figure out a way to post posts with subtle hints about the truths/falsehoods, and I just can't figure out a way.
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