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May 3rd, 2010, 05:55 PM
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So Rachel's umbilical cord fell off after 2 weeks and there was always a little bit left there. The home care nurse and her pediatrician told us that the rest of it would fall off after another week or 2. Well when we saw the pediatrician again 2 weeks ago now, he looked at it and didn't seem concerned - so I didn't really put too much thought into it.

Then late last week I noticed that the whole belly button area was bulging out more than usual and the raw part that still hadn't fallen off had a little bit of blood and still wasn't drying up and there was more of that sticking out too. I looked in one of my baby books and read up about umbilical hernia and it seemed to me that she had all the signs of it. Jon told me to stop trying to diagnose her, so I booked an app't with our family Dr. for today.

He looked at it and I totally thought he was just going to say that it would dry up on its own and just fall off eventually. So when he mentioned she needs surgery to get rid of it, both Jon and I were completely taken aback. The reason she needs surgery is because she does have an umbilical hernia and the raw part (can't remember the name for it) needs to come off so it doesn't lead to an infection.

He's sending us to the Children's hospital to have it done which makes me somewhat feel better because it's the best hospital for children in my province and it would only be a day surgery - but regardless, it's still surgery and it's very nervewracking He's going to get us in for a consultation with one of the surgeons there and says there's a slight chance she won't need surgery, but based on what it looks like, he thinks there's no other way to correct it.

On a good note though, she's growing and gaining weight very well!! She's 10lbs 2oz now, 22in long and in the 50th percentile!! And he can't believe how alert she is and able to focus on him for extended periods of time, for only being 7 weeks!! (he's seen her 2 times now and both times she was very alert - but then again, she's like that at home all the time ).

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May 4th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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I hope that if she does end up needing surgery it goes well and is easy. I can imagine it's nerve wracking though.
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May 4th, 2010, 09:15 AM
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Now, it could be different because of the part of the cord that won't fall off but both of my boys had umbilical hernias and neither had surgery. I was told that they wouldn't do surgery until after age 5 if the hernia was still present.

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May 4th, 2010, 09:18 AM
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Hoping that you will hear the good news about the surgery during consultation and that she won't need it after all. I can understand you being scared about the surgery though.

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May 4th, 2010, 10:05 AM
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Oh good luck honey! It's hard when there's anything possibly wrong with your baby, especially us loss mommies.
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May 7th, 2010, 10:03 PM
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My friend's daughter just had the same surgery, it was a pretty quick surgery with an easy recovery.


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May 7th, 2010, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by rebeccabaltimore View Post
My friend's daughter just had the same surgery, it was a pretty quick surgery with an easy recovery.

Good to know! Thanks

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