Monday, October 30, 2006

My "Meanie" Is Coming Out Today!

First, I want you to read this AP story about a tragic incident in which a girl lost her breast after body piercing. Then I'll comment. Warning - I am NOT a happy camper.

Teen Has Breast Removed After Infection

Oct 27, 7:29 PM (ET)

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A teenager who decided to get her breasts pierced for her 18th birthday faces reconstructive surgery after a flesh-destroying infection forced doctors to remove her left breast.
Stephanie Edington of Crawfordsville remained hospitalized Friday at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, where surgeons also removed lymph nodes and infected skin up to her collar bone.
Dr. Robert Goulet Jr., a professor at the Indiana University Cancer Center, said the piercing created an entry point for the bacteria, but the procedure likely did not cause the infection itself. Edington is diabetic, which left her susceptible to infection, he said.
Doctors diagnosed Edington, who had the piercings on Aug. 29, with necrotizing fasciitis, or gas gangrene - a rare condition that results from rapid bacteria growth and leads to tissue destruction. It is only the third documented case in the world of gas gangrene in the breast area, Goulet told The Paper of Montgomery County.
She was in critical condition by the time she arrived at the hospital Oct. 14, Goulet said.
"By the time she got here, the skin tissue was all pretty much completely dead," he said. "She was a very sick kid when she got here."
Edington is on an aggressive antibiotic regimen and has already undergone three surgeries. She faces several more, including eventual breast reconstruction.
She said she was eager to be discharged but worries about what awaits her.
"I would like to get out, but I am scared of what people are going to be thinking," she said.
Edington's mother, Pamela Osban, said her daughter's illness has shaken their entire family. She worries about her daughter's future.
"You have no idea what it's like to almost lose your daughter and then to make the decision to have one of her breasts removed," she said. "Some people say 'It's just a breast.' They aren't an 18-year old girl. It's devastating for her and for the family."

This was just SO needless. While my heart breaks for this girl, I am also very angered at this idiotic craze of body piercing sweeping the globe like a pandemic. Things like this aren't isolated either, despite the implication in the article that it's rare. Perhaps gaseous gangrene in the breast is rare, but serious infections from body piercing are NOT rare.

If young people weren't so eager to poke metal studs into every body part and orifice these days, this kind of thing wouldn't happen, now would it? If they want to hang ornaments on something, why don't they hang them on a Christmas tree instead of their breasts, ears, navels, noses, tongues and other unmentionable areas? I had no idea that gas gangrene and staph infections had become status symbols at school.

I am personally getting REALLY, REALLY tired of not being able to tell the difference between human beings and the Borg. No, on second thought, not the Borg. Many of today's body piercers are not that photogenic. They look more like they went through a trash compactor and had some skin get stuck in between the metallic components.

If I sound angry, perhaps it's because I am angry. I am sure I will be called insulting, unloving, uncharitable, intemperate, arrogant, and a whole host of adjectives. Whatever. It angers me to see kids have their lives destroyed through this kind of behavior. Name your poison. Drugs, sexual activity, alcohol abuse, and now carving up their bodies like there's no tomorrow in the pursuit of "self expression" and "individualism." Yeah, right. That's why they do what everyone else is doing, isn't it? And here's what's doubly maddening. Many of today's parents often aren't any better. They just carry more wrinkles between their own studs, electrodes and tattoos. They not only lead by their own bad example, but some give their children carte blanche to do whatever they like. After all, you can't suppress their self-esteem, can you? My words are indeed sharp, even harsh. Sometimes it takes a rap across the skull with a cudgel to get your point across. I've had it happen on more than one occasion that someone would be infuriated with me, only to admit later that I told them the truth, as painful as it was. Indeed, as the Bible says.."the wounds of a friend are faithful."

Given the pagan origins of this kind of thing, it is all the more amazing Christians can engage in these practices without any conscience, especially when the whole counsel of God in Scripture is taken into account. It is getting to the point where Christians of all ages are indistinguishable from the world, and that is NOT legalism. Don't EVEN go there with me.

Some people naming the name of Christ today can out-pagan pagans. Really. They can out-fornicate, out-drink, out-drug, and out-adulterize in quantities copious enough to impress Alistair Crowley or the crowd in a good-sized Roman vomitorium of days gone by. They make Laodicea look like Bob Jones University.

Lord, send us repentance. Please.

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