Around this time of year, everyone stops to take some time to think about what they are thankful for. Like most mothers, at the top of my list is the health of my children. We are so blessed to have three rambunctious, healthy children and I try not to take that for granted. When Daniel was born he had a birth defect called Hypospadias. In very non-technical terms, it is a (pain free) defect of the placement of the urinary tract. Having two previously healthy kids and never learning anything during my prenatal exams with Daniel, we never expected anything to be wrong with him. We were informed of it immediately at his birth (literally, my feet were still in stirrups), we later saw a urologist, and at six months old (when he could go under general anesthesia) he had surgery to correct it. On the day of his surgery, we sat in the waiting area with dozens of other parents. It was a very humbling experience since a lot of the parents had children who were in all day surgeries or were in for their second, third, or fourth procedures. Three hours passed and our Daniel came through like a champ. I was never as happy as when I got to hold him in the recovery area although the way he looked (groggy, dazed, hooked to machines, etc.) is a vision I will never be able to get out of my head. We eventually left the hospital so very thankful that a “simple” birth defect was all that he had. After a few weeks, Daniel recovered fine even after pulling out his own catheter prematurely during a diaper change (ugh). I am grateful that if all goes according to plan we will never have to go through something like that again. I recently was given the opportunity to participate in a birth defect study for the Department of Health. I hope that the research that they are doing will help people in the future from having to go through what so many parents have had to face. If nothing else though, at least the woman who conducted my phone interview could get a chuckle out of the amount of peanut butter I eat per week. Mmmm…peanut butter.
|This was our happy little guy only a few days post op!|