Little Man was born with a hydrocele, which is a fluid-filled sack along the spermatic cord within the scrotum.  Apparently this is pretty common in newborn male infants.

From Google Health: During normal development, the testicles descend down a tube from the abdomen into the scrotum. Hydroceles result when this tube fails to close. Fluid drains from the abdomen through the open tube. The fluid builds up in the scrotum, where it becomes trapped. This causes the scrotum to become swollen.

During a physical exam, the doctor usually finds an swollen scrotum that is not tender. Often, the testicle cannot be felt because of the surrounding fluid. The size of the fluid-filled sack can sometimes be increased and decreased by pressure to the abdomen or the scrotum.

If the size of the fluid collection varies, it is more likely to be associated with an inguinal hernia.

My son’s pediatrician sent him for an ultrasound, to verify the diagnosis of a hydrocele and to be sure that he had his right testicle, since it could not be felt during a physical exam. And while I was told that most hydroceles go away on their own by the time a baby is six months old, I wanted a pediatric urologist to see him.

I took Little Man to one of the best ones in the country. And I really liked this doctor. When he walked into the exam room, he looked at my son and said: “So, this is the the young man with big balls?”

My type of doctor. The only negative, I’ve had AC/DC’s “Big Balls” song in my head ever since!

He checked him and also confirmed the hydrocele diagnosis—no hernia—and wants to see him again at 6 months if it doesn’t go away.  I’m to call immediately if the swelling increases.  If it’s not gone by his 1st birthday, he’ll need surgery. But I’m hoping he won’t need that.

The $30 copay was for my peace of mind.  I’m glad I went…  and now to play some AC/DC.

AC/DC
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1981)
Big Balls

I’m ever upper class high society
God’s gift to ballroom notoriety
I always fill my ballroom
The event is never small
The social pages say I’ve got
The biggest balls of all

CHORUS:
I’ve got big balls
I’ve got big balls
And they’re such big balls
Dirty big balls
And he’s got big balls
And she’s got big balls
But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all

And my balls are always bouncing
My ballroom always full
And everybody cums and cums again
If your name is on the guest list
No one can take you higher
Everybody says I’ve got
Great balls of fire

CHORUS

Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they’re held for pleasure
They’re the balls that I like best
My balls are always bouncing
To the left and to the right
It’s my belief that my big balls
Should be held every night

CHORUS

And I’m just itching to tell you about them
Oh we had such wonderful fun
Seafood cocktail, crabs, crayfish…

Ball sucker

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Little Man went for his 3 month well baby visit on Tuesday—and he’s not so little!   While I wasn’t shocked, I was still in awe of his weight: 16 lb!  He’s the weight of a six-month-old!  And he was in the 90th to 95th percentile for weight.  However, his length was only 23.5 inches, which is the 25th to 50th percentile for height.

I’ll say it again: I hope he grows into his feet, which are large.

My husband is 6’2″ and slim.  I’m hoping Little Man takes after his daddy in that respect.  I’m 5’4″ and average. That’s going on pre-pregnancy weight.  As of now, I’m carrying about 15 extra pounds. No. Scratch that. I’m carrying around 31 extra pounds—16 of them is my son!!!

But otherwise Little Man is healthy.  The first week of December we’re going to see a pediatric urologist for his Hydrocele and are going to Cranial Technologies to get a free assessment to determine if he needs a helmet or not for his (my guess) Brachycephaly with Plagiocephaly. I think his condition is somewhere between mild and moderate and want him to get a helmet if he needs one. It’s not at all apparent from front-on photos. But if you see the back of Little Man’s head, it’s pretty flat.

So that’s the most recent update. Sorry I’ve been MIA since last week, I had to send my MacBook Pro to the Apple Store to get a new optical drive. They always seem to die on me… and I don’t even burn discs too often!

Instinct tells me that a) Little Man will need surgery on his scrotum for his Hydrocele and b) he’ll likely need a DOC Band (helmet) for his positional plagiocephaly.  I don’t know why, but that’s what my gut is telling me.

If he does need a helmet, I don’t think our insurance will cover it.  Though the place I’m taking Little Man for an assessment told me that they DO fight for patients’ and often they will cover at least some of the cost. I’m hoping that, since Little Man also has a diagnosis of Torticollis, that UHC will cover something.

If not… well, I’d rather get us further in debt than NOT correct something that is correctable due to my son’s young age (13 weeks tomorrow).

So I’m taking him to see a urologist and to Cranial Technologies for a free assessment in early December. He’ll be close to 4 months old by then, but I’m told babies under 6 months show the best results. I’d go sooner, but Dude wants to go with me and he won’t have a free day before then. But I don’t feel that it’s too much of a wait.