Amy’s Life in Brief

My complicated three year old…
January 9, 2009, 2:32 am
Filed under: asthma, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, pediatrics, surgery, worries | Tags: , ,

So, my three year old just can’t seem to go more than 10 or 11 months without having some sort of medical issue.  And I’m not talking about having a cold or a stomach bug. Of course, anyone who has read this blog probably realizes that.

So, what’s the new issue you ask?  He has a hernia.  It’s a relatively minor surgery to have it repaired.  However, given that he has ended up at the Doernbecher Pediatric ICU because of his asthma, I’m a bit concerned about how his little lungs will react (or overreact) to anesthesia.  I’ve talked with our pediatrician on the phone since I didn’t go to the appointment where the problem was officially diagnosed and he has reassured me, as best he could.

So, we have an appointment on the 20th to meet with a surgeon.  Apparently this particular surgeon, while he’s not a pediatric surgeon, enjoys fixing hernias in children.  Whether this is because he likes children or possibly enjoys the challenge of fixing little tiny holes, I don’t know.  I guess it could be a combination of the two.  He’s the one surgeon I’ve never had any interaction with at the hospital.  But, apparently, our pediatrian referred us specifically to his surgeon.  So, we’ll meet with him and see how we feel at that point.

Now, we’ll be doing just fine as long as we can have the surgery done in a controlled setting.  We’re keeping our eye on things in case the hernia becomes strangulated.  And the way things are for this kid of ours, that very well could happen.

So…I’ll keep you all up to date on the saga of the D’s hernia….


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