When Maxfield was about 6weeks old I became concerned that his circumcised penis was not healing correctly. Every time we changed his diaper we made sure that we were very careful with cleaning him and applying the proper ointment and such. Sure it looked healed but I could not get over the fact that his “fire helmet” was always a bright purple. It was six weeks after the procedure one would think that the penis would look normal.
The only point of comparison I had was, well, my own, and I know that mine was not the color of Barney. I did not want to call the doctor because part of me felt that maybe this was normal and that it just needed a while to heal. I thought about calling my brother Jim whose son, Bo, was born two months before Max, but I did not want to subject myself to his laughter and ridicule to me possibly over reacting to something that may be normal.
So like most people, (I guess) when in need for baby/medical advice, I called my mom.
When she answered the phone I could hear small children in the background, “Hi Mom. It’s Bill. What are you doing?”
“I am watching Jimmy’s kids. They had a wedding or something to go to.”
“Oh. Well I have a question for you and it may sound weird but, Max’s penis is a bright purple and I just want to know if that is normal.”
“What do mean bright purple?”
“It looks like, you know if you were to tie a rubber band around your finger really tight. But only it is brighter than that. I figured you have more experience with penises than anyone I know. Okay that came out wrong but you know what I mean.” (My mom raised 8 sons).
She chuckled. “I am sure it is normal but I don’t remember if any on you guys having a bright purple penis.”
“You don’t? I am not sure whether I should call a doctor or not. Max’s next check up is like two weeks away and I would hate to wait until then. What do you think?”
“Bill I am sure it is normal. You know what? Hold on.”
I could hear her put the phone down and telling my dad that it was me on the phone. I waited for a few minutes. When she picked the phone back up I could hear her laughing.
“I am sure it is fine and nothing to worry about.” She reassured me.
“I am watching Jimmy’s kids. I just went and checked Bo’s penis. His is purple too.”
I laughed and hung up the phone.
About 20 minutes later the phone rings. I pick it up. “Hello?”
“Bill. It’s your father.”
“Hey Dad. What’s up?”
“Why is your mother asking to check everyone’s pecker.”