As early as 3 or so I remember being sick often. I latter found out that I suffered from chronic constipation. Since there were limited oral laxatives for children in the 1950s other than MOM and Castrol oil mother used enemas on me and latter glycerin suppositories. The family was comprised of 3 sisters and aunt Rose. Everyone one received enemas but I received them much more frequently due to a condition known as chronic constipation. Once or twice a week mom or aunt Rose would administer a soapy enema in order to keep my bowels moving. They were very gentle and loving when my bowels were attended to.
The first time I remember being given an enema was around age 3 although I probably received them earlier. I was on the diaper changing table and remember mom shaking a thermometer down. After she dipped it into a jar aunt Rose lifted my legs in the air and felt the thermometer eased into my bottom. Mom held the thermometer for what seemed a long time. After mom removed the thermometer she held it up and looked at it for a minute or so. Later I found out she was reading the thermometer to determine my temperature.
After mom read my temperature I heard something gurgle. I didn't know what it was until mom held it up. It had a red ball with a black tip on top of it. I latter would discover the the object was a child enema syringe. I watched mom rub some thing on the black tip then lower it until I felt it slowly sliding into my bottom while aunt Rose held my legs up. My aunt was looking down at me smiling as I felt my bowels expand as mom delivered the enema. After a couple of minutes I felt the tip removed and mom squeezing my cheeks together as I heard the gurgling sound again. Then the tip reinserted and my bowels expanded even more causing me to want to expel. Once the bulb was removed the second time mom held my cheeks together so I couldn't empty my bowels. I was experiencing severe cramps and wanted to poop really bad. Finally, after what seemed like a long time mom wrapped a diaper around me. I remember to this day how wonderful it was to empty into the diaper.
This event would take place once or twice a week. Once I turned 4 mom gave me the enemas over her lap. I di remember how much better I felt after I emptied my constipated bowels. Of course a take enemas and suppositories to day a I haven't outgrown the constipation even though I eat mostly vegetables and whole grains.