There was really no better title for my blog post. I am, to say the least, overwhelmed. Theo had surgery today--in the most delicate place you could think of. The procedure was called a meatoplasty.
Theo was peeing out of an abnormally tiny hole and I never knew it, having had no point of reference. I always figured little boy=thin stream. But because of that tiny hole, it took him forever to pee and his bladder was never really empty. He must have always felt the urge to go, which explains all the accidents and the prolonged toilet training. Reading back on my first potty training blog entry now makes me go "ohhhhhhhhh." Check out the third paragraph.
I wasn't sure if I should blog this...I wanted to respect his privacy. But this is a big deal and a big changing point in all of our lives. His surgery today was a success. Even though his poor "down there" is swollen, bruised and bandaged, the stream that comes out is at least 5 times the width it was before. In other words...normal. All this time and I had no idea. None of us did.
Here's Theo in his kiddie hospital gown. A nurse was kind enough to take a cell phone picture for me.
Clowns came to visit him. The staff of the pediatric urology clinic were kind folks. And the name of Theo's surgeon...Dr. Dix. No, I'm not kidding. That's really his name.
So how's he doing now? He's been sky-high on codiene and completely happy. He played blocks, ate pizza, made cookies, read books, colored...but then there were the two unfortunate instances where he had to pee. He literally banged the walls howling in pain. I don't know who cried more, the boy or his mama. He had no idea what was happening to him or why. Although he seemed to understand our explanations as we gave them, once the extreme pain hit, all reason was out the window. He's finally sleeping now, and I hope it's better tomorrow. Within a few days he should feel pretty good. This should have been done when he was a baby, but at least he's not an adult. He'll grow up and have it over with.
He was so brave today, my poor monkey!