If on a Hot Day you Left your Baby in the Car…

If you smoked heavily inside the house in the same room as your asthmatic toddler…

If you left your loaded firearm within reach of your depressed adolescent child…

If you shot up heroin in the presence of your young child…

If you drove your car with a belly full of grog and your children unrestrained… 

If you engaged in exhibitionist sex in the presence of your children…

If you encouraged your underage child to join you in heavy drinking or drug taking…

If you were unable to control your anger, if you belted your spouse, if you treated your child violently…

you probably wouldn’t be surprised to win the disapproval of the Authorities. 

Any penalty would not astonish. 

If the child were removed from your care you’d get it.

Whyif your face is buried always in your phone while your child needs your presence, your care, your engagement –

–      should you be surprised if Child Protection intervened?

Of course that intervention won’t occur.

Working at the children’s hospital, walking in the streets, travelling on the train, I see a generation of adults outsourcing parenting to the i-pad. 

I see adults, adolescents and children engaging not with each other but with the screen. 

I see human connection attenuated and distorted. 

I see and I worry.

Perhaps I see too much.

Gun and Pelvic Floor Control

My ancient friend (and immensley experienced) colleague in Arizona, Dr Paul Jarrett, is a humane and wise man. Despite our closeness, we do not agree on all matters, in particular, on gun control.
Put briefly, I favour gun control, Paul opposes it.

He forwards me this news item:

“Cops: Teen Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina”

It is not that I search for prurient headlines, they find me. Hey, I didn’t make this up.

One can not help but be intrigued by bizarre reports that come our way via the News.

Here for example is an unusual holster for a six-shooter. One wonders how “Quick on the draw” the wearer of such a weapon can become? One would expect that in a teen-ager it would be a tight fit, but one never knows about teen-agers any more.

I would never be able to complete a pelvic exam on this “heat packer”, I’d have my hands up.


In this particular case, Paul and I are in agreement: this armed individual is a hazard to herself and to her intimates. Most concerning to us is the danger she poses to doctors.