Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Dominic

My husband took my son Dominic for his yearly checkup at the pediatrician's office yesterday. The pediatrician my kids normally see wasn't available, so Dominic saw another pediatrician in the practice. The doctor he normally sees is nice, but not very thorough, so I'm glad he did see a different doctor, because we found out that Dominic has what's called "undescended testicles".

Now, I'm not one to go around examining my son's private parts (LOL), but I did notice when giving him baths, etc., that the testicle area did a look a little "flat". He's my only boy, so I had nothing to compare it to, and I figured it was just how little boys look. When the doctor examined him though, she couldn't find his testicles, and after feeling around, realized that they are in his abdominal area. She gave my husband a phone number for a specialist who can examine Dominic further, and determine if he needs surgery. She said the surgery would have to be done before he turns 6, otherwise he'll start experiencing a lot of pain, and wouldn't be able to play sports, etc. Thank God that it was caught now.

I was doing research about the problem online, and found out that undescended testicles need to be treated as early in age as possible, to prevent future infertility. The articles said the undescended testicles are rare in boys that were born full-term, and Dominic was actually born a week late, so I wonder what caused this? I'm irritated about this now, because Dominic has had dozens of checkups since he was born, with various doctors, and I can't believe none of the doctors saw this sooner. I just hope he doesn't end up being infertile from it. That would so unfair for him.

Well, sorry if that was TMI (too much information) - I just had to rant!


Christina said...

Its not TMI at all. I hate when docs are so quick, they miss things. When Pi was just past a year, she had a cough for months that the doc kept saying was nothing. He wouldn't approve me for a chest x-ray because he thought she just had a persistent cold. I finally paid for an x-ray out of pocket and she ended up having pneumonia! I was furious! The doc agreed to pay for the x-ray, all her medicine, and her nebulizer. If he wasn't my boss, I probably would have sued him.

Laurah said...

My brother had terrible ear infections as a kid and my mother had to fight tooth and nail to get approval for an ENT specialist.
I hope everything turns out well for your son.

Shawnee said...

Wow, I'm so glad the sub doctor found this out before it was too late. Praying all goes well.


Sandytoo said...

Hi, Laura! Gosh, what a relief that there was a doctor there that recognized your son's condition. Hope he gets the treatment he needs now. If I were you, I would be pretty PO'd, too. Sometimes I wonder where some of these "doctors" get their education from.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Bezzie said...

That's not TMI...but you're right. Hello, how did they miss this? This is something they should have told you to be on the lookout for when he was very little--gave you a head's up to keep an eye on them to drop.
That's the only bad thing about having a boy huh? I know nothing of their boy-parts. Chunky's circumcision started to heal wrong when he was little and the dr. had to point it out to me (if it had proceeded to heal that way his first errection would have been very painful I guess.) I don't have a penis--I don't know these things!!!

naida said...

hi Laura, it's not TMI, I hope everything turns out well.