Update on Gage

Yesterday, we had to take Gage to a pediatric urologist down toward Atlanta. We knew that Gage has a Hydrocele on each side. What we didn’t know was if these hydroceles were also hernias and if we would have to consider surgery.

Gage’s little sac “down there” will swell up and become the size of a baseball. It is absolutely horrible. One of my other boys had a hydrocele, but it was never anything like this. This is just outright scary. But, it’s not like that all the time. It does shrink back down to a normal size. It seems to be best at his first diaper change in the morning, and it swells up and goes back down all day long. It’s never appeared to cause him any pain, but it just looks awful.

We drove about 2 1/2 hours to get to the urologist’s office. It was an eventful trip, considering we got into a car accident on the way down. (Don’t worry, we’re fine. It was a minor fender-bender. It was just an omen for the day, I think.} When we finally got there, we waited in the room for a few minutes before the doctor came in. The doctor took a look at Gage and explained to us that in baby boys a Hydrocele and a Hernia are the same thing. Usually, they resolve on their own. If Gage’s haven’t resolved by the time he is 9 months old, then we’ll need to consider surgery at that point. He said that if they don’t repair themselves by the time the baby is 9 months old, they probably won’t.

He spent less than 5 minutes with us, and never even looked at the ultrasound disc they had asked me to bring. We spent 5+ hours in the car for a 5 minute appointment. So not cool. I am thrilled that Gage is ok for now and that I don’t have to worry about my 2 month old needing surgery. I am not thrilled that they couldn’t have just told me this over the phone instead.

Hopefully this will resolve quickly and he won’t have any more problems. That’s what I’m praying for anyway!

Thanks for all your prayers for him. We go back in December, but hopefully it will all be healed up and we won’t even have to make that drive again!


Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Oh man that must be so upsetting for you! I’m sorry. 🙁 I’ll be praying for you and baby Gage! I have a feeling a prayer will be going up every time I change my little guy’s diaper. You’re in my thoughts!
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    Brittney says:

    Angie, I don’t if you know, but Boss had this. They wouldn’t do surgery until he was 12 months old and we did have surgery. Surgery is never fun and so terrifying, but it was harder on us. We had to drive up to Milwaukee to get to a children’s surgeon. It was a 20 minute surgery, 10 minute recovery. He napped on the hour drive home and was too busy wanting to play to nap again. So we went to the store to fill his pain meds. He laughed his head off while pushing the cart around the whole time. He took one dose, because I felt obligated, and never needed another.

    This week Isla also had hernia surgery. Same thing. She was fine. I never even gave her any meds.

    My lengthy point, it will be ok. I know it is awful and I am so sorry. But we have done it twice, I know you can do it and I know Gage will be fine. Hang in there.

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    Oh man Angie! We had a similar type of appointment with Eva’s ophthalmologist… we scheduled ourselves for the earliest appointment of the day, still had to wait over an hour in a crowded and noisy waiting room, got in the exam room and the dr hardly looked at us. She was in and out in minutes and didn’t check even one thing that she had mentioned keeping an eye on in our previous appointment. I was livid. And I only drove about 15 minutes to get to my appointment. I would be spitting nails over the drive time alone. Would it be worth lodging a complaint? I don’t know about you, but I was furious over paying a co pay for a non-appointment. A friend mentioned that I should have demanded my co pay back. I’m not that type of person though… I hate confrontation.

    I hope things clear up for Gage, and quickly!


  1. […] not sure if you remember or not, but when Gage was younger, the doctor discovered he had a hydrocele. This week, I had to take him back for a follow up visit with the doctor to see if he’ll need […]

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