Yesterday while changing Jack's diaper, we noticed that some of his male genitalia was swollen and very red. His pelvic bone on one side also felt very firm and hard. Being Jack, he was in fabulous spirits and you wouldn't think there was a thing wrong with him, although he was a bit needy. Ironically, Murphy would not leave my side and I think HE knew something was wrong with Baby Jack before we did and was trying to tell us.
We called our pediatrician's office and were told that if he developed a fever we needed to bring him to the ER. The doctor seemed pretty unconcerned and we spent the day watching Jack and hoping we could "buy time" and avoid the ER (and the bills that go with it!). I was on the phone with one of my best friends whose husband happens to be a doctor. I mentioned what was going on and she got him on the phone. He was much more concerned than our pediatrician and said "If it were my child, I would be in the ER already." He gave several suggestions of what could be going on. Dan and I took Jack's temperature again after getting off the phone and he indeed had a fever at that point. In the car we went to Dell Children's Hospital. Thanks Dr. Shawn Day for helping out our little man! You're a lifesaver!!!!!
We were seen immediately despite the completely packed waiting room. I guess when a baby presents with the symptoms Jack did, it is of immediate concern. Of course, through it all, Jack is smiling at everyone, laughing and being his wonderful happy self. I don't think there was one staff person that had contact with Jack that didn't mention that either he was "so happy" or "so cute!"
The doctor believed that Jack either had a hernia or an abscess and would not know until she was operating on him. Surgery began at 9:30 and fortunately, it was an abscess. Jack has an open wound and is in a good amount of pain. He currently is on tylenol with codeine and has an IV. He has been weepy and tired. He is being given antibiotics and we are hopeful that his infections are minimized. There is potential for the doctor to have to operate again but we will know more within the next 24 hours.
Oh Baby Jack...what a crazy 8 months it has been but we wouldn't take it back for anything in the world! Love you Bubba!