Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Prognosis: Surgery

Today my little tyke saw the pediatric surgeon at University of Utah. He came highly recommended by both his pediatrician (missing you like crazy, Kaiser) and the pediatric surgeon in San Diego. He was wonderful and the boy's surgery is scheduled for January. It should be a straightforward, outpatient procedure with minimal recovery. His umbilical hernia has, in fact, become incarcerated on two occasions. Apparently, the ER doctor that night was smoking morphene and steri-strips when he said that the fiery ash caused Garrett's repeated ralphing. So, my tiny little tiger will go under the knife in a little over a month. They offered to do it on December 26.

Garrett: What did you get for Christmas, Little Jimmy?
Little Jimmy: Yah, well, I got a Wii.
Garrett: But we're toddlers.
Little Jimmy: Yah. Santa is awesome. What did you get?
Garrett: Surgery.

I didn't want to be the mom who said, "Merry Christmas! Now they're going to slice you open." Plus, I declined since my family is coming to visit the next day. I didn't want Garrett to be doped up for their trip. Does electing to postpone surgery for a couple weeks make me a bad mother? Vote yes or no in the comment section.


  1. No, no, no...my vote is no. He's got to be well enough to play in the snow with everyone! I had a surgery to fix some sort of a hernia when I was a baby and my mom said I recovered really quick, so hopefully Garrett will too!

  2. You might be a bad mother if his surgery was something along the lines of an organ transplant or other equally life-saving procedure. But ridding the boy of his snouter is nothing too major. Plus, I'd be super sad if he couldn't play outside in the (hopefully) snow.

  3. Definatly NO, you'd be a bad mama if you ruined his Christmas and his visit with his Grandparents! :o) I love that Jon calls it his snouter, too cute. Enjoy the snow, I'm jealous! We're in a drought here, people are blaming us, that we brought here from California. Whatever! Love, Dena

  4. No way...you are a great mother!!! Besides, he needs to be able to play with the family when they come, yah for snow!!!

  5. Yep, I am with everyone else.
    ESPECALLY since this is your first christmas in a new place far away etc etc-you don't really need to ADD things that will provide you with even MORE change to your holiday season.

  6. I agree with the "NO" vote. You are a wonderful mommy!! I'll be praying that his surgery goes okay....poor lil' guy!!

  7. No. In a funny coincidence I was listening to Dr. Laura the other day and she told a woman who was choosing to have a fairly elective tonsilectomy two weeks before Christmas to postpone it until after. (As many know a tonsilectomy is an "easy" surgery but a heckuva thing to recovery from) There's no reason to put a damper on the holidays by choice. :)

  8. Ummm your funnnnnny. Must be awfully bored out there huh?!:)
    Well I do believe I am going to have to go with a big fat NO on that one. Besides, after that scenario....(the one with the Wii.)
    Im pretty sure if you sent him in now, Hed be scarred for life...wait, i guess thats a given either way...we r talking surgery.
    ANywho...u r an excellent momma...Wish u were at the womens dinner tnight. hope u r lovin Utah
    we miss ya'll

  9. Yes, you horrible little woman, who do you think you are playing dice with your son's life? Okay, no not really, I was just throwing that in as the devil's advocate. I'm actually going to have to go with the majority, here, seeing as how it isn't really emergency surgery. Let him have a normalish Christmas first, then gut him.