On Saturday night, Rick looked at 1-month-old Cash and said, “What is that?”
“It’s a baby. He’s new here,” I explained.
But Rick apparently already knew about the baby. Instead, he had noticed a protrusion on Cash that turned out to be an inguinal hernia. Which required surgery. We consulted with a very reputable pediatric surgeon who looked about 107 years old.
He told us that prior to the surgery, Cash would have to go eight hours without breast milk.
“Great!” I said. “I’ll drop him at your house and you can explain to him for eight hours why he can’t eat.”
Turns out this surgeon was super conservative and old school (the 107 years of experience was apparently the tip off) because protocol for a newborn is four hours without breast milk before a surgery. Our surgeon ok’d the shorter time.
Four hours we could handle. Cash was still super pissed off and Rick did his best to keep him calm.
I think Rick is promising to take him out for a Philly’s cheesesteak once the surgery is over.
Then it came time to take him to the operating room. And that’s when I decided I’d rather fix the hernia myself rather than give him over for an hour and a half to the 107 year old surgeon and his crew. But as you can imagine, as a writer, my medical training is enormously limited and I finally decided to let the professionals take care of him. But handing him over left me very weepy and anxious.
Turns out Cash had a double hernia! Which is not as cool as a double salchow but still impressive. The doctor repaired both hernias and then I finally got to hold that sweet boy in my arms again.
I was exhausted and emotionally drained and so enormously relieved.
mama bird notes:
Thank you to our friend Adam who provided much needed guidance during this ordeal and prevented me from having an epic nervous breakdown. I will repay you in unwanted parental advice. You’re welcome!
In other news, I had the chance to watch the new Lifetime original movie, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. OMG. Jodi scares me! Click here to read my take on this riveting case.