Going Under The Knife

Not me, not Momma, but Ace.  You heard me right…my little boy will be going in for surgery in a few weeks.

Now calm down, it is nothing life threatening, but it is still scary for me.  Just the though of him being given some anesthetic and being knocked out with hoses and stuff shoved down his throat make my stomach feel funny.

The thought of some doctor, cutting him open with a scalpel sends shivers down my spine.  I can just picture him lying there on a table, with all of the wires from the monitors, the beeping from the heart monitor,  and him just lying there lifeless.  The little boy that is never lifeless…even when he sleeps. 😀

Again, calm down…I am probably over reacting…

Ace has an umbilical hernia…AKA an outie.  😀   Basically the hole in his belly where his umbilical cord was…never closed, and his insides push out when he strains.

A good picture of it is from a post I wrote last summer where Ace was playing in the waves…

Big Waves

Big Waves

Ace’s doctor said it should have healed by the time he was 18 months.  He is almost two now and it is not getting better, so we were thrust upon making a decision…surgery, or leaving it alone.  We chose surgery.  One reason is cosmetic, and the other is to prevent any complications with it in the future.

Now, it is only going to be a small incision with 10 internal stitches, but it still concerns me.  But hopefully it will be all worth it and everyone will come out healthy with only some slight bruising  …including me and Momma.  😀


  1. Melanie says:

    I know your pain. My son had surgery at 10 months and at 13 months. Neither were for anything big, but it’s still your kid. There was a further wrinkle for me because I had worked in the operating room AND for the surgeon, so I knew exactly what my son would look like with the tubes and the blood. He was fine in a day. I’m still upset. I think it will be the same for you guys. Good luck!

  2. amber says:

    Poor little guy! I’m sure he’ll get through it just fine! He’s got good, strong genes!! =) None the less….I will be thinking about you guys!

  3. Oh the poor fella, best of luck.

  4. New-Dad-Blog says:

    Rough deal, but it sounds like he’ll be ok.

    hang in there!

  5. (F)reddy says:

    You’ll be so amazed at how quickly kids are able to bounce back when they’re younger. Will keep all y’all in my thoughts.

  6. I’ve had a similar surgery, granted I was 20 years old, I think the little guy will pull through just fine. Its always tougher on the parents, even at 20 my mother was a nut job when I went under.:)

    Best wishes to your whole family during the process.

  7. Al Bundy says:

    My son had minor surgery when he was 3 years old. I know exactly how you feel.
    How about a piece of unsolicited advice? Make sure you and the wife are upbeat the morning of the surgery. He will need some assurances from you, before you take him into the surgery area.
    Best of luck – Al

  8. FamilyyIgloo says:

    I wish him fast recovery. Given his age and the simplicity of this surgery, he should be recovering in no time. Still, it is very dramatic for parents and I hope your sufferings will end soon.

  9. Out-Numbered says:

    Hey, Great blog! Just came across it by accident. Keep up the good work. I’ll be back around…

  10. Giving the simplicity of this surgery, I guess, and hope, he’s just fine right now :), God bless kids, they are like angels !

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