Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Monday was Parker's first appointment at Stanford. We got to meet the pediatric urologist surgeon who will be doing his surgery... and we really like him! He explained everything to us very well, and just seemed so passionate about what he does.

The good news is that he could feel both of his testes in his groin, so he didn't need to have an MRI after all! This was such a relief, and it really makes a difference having a urologist checking out these things rather than an ultrasound tech. And since he could feel them, that means that it is an easier procedure than if they were hiding behind organs or something else. If they had been hiding, it would have been a two part surgery and it would have been done laproscopicly (with a camera).

They are supposed to call us this week to schedule his surgery for late November/ early December. It will be about a 2 hour surgery, with a 2 hour recovery. He will get to come home with us the same day after he recovers and starts drinking fluids regularly (this should not be a problem since Parker LOVES water like a fish).

The downside to this condition is that he has a 35% chance of infertility problems, compared to the 10% that the normal population has. And he also has an increased rate (2-3x) of getting testicular cancer. So those are things that concern us right now, but I know that we shouldn't worry about all the what ifs, because we have a little miracle baby.

Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. :)

Oh- and I almost forgot: We RAN OUT OF GAS at the top of the grade on our way home!! Both Garrett and my check engine lights came on this past week, so we were scared to drive our cars. My mom let us borrow hers, because she is so nice, and the best grammie in the world :)
On the way home, Garrett says "the gas light just came on", and we decided to just get gas in a few miles when we got off the freeway. Then I remembered that my mom has run out once before because her "miles till empty" is a little off. So I asked Garrett how many miles it said, and it said "40 miles till empty". So we thought we were good, but still a little scared. About 1 minute later we started puttin along, and ran out of gas (I, of course thought Garrett was joking, because that's just what he does... unfortunately, he wasn't)!!! It was the first time for both of us, so we just started cracking up.
And one of my biggest fears is getting hit while parked on the side of the road... so I made us all climb a hill and wait till our friend brought us gas. Parker had so much fun watching all the cars drive by though!

Here are my silly boys:


DeDe Weeks said...

I still think Garrett was just trying to make me laugh because I'd had such a horrible day worrying about Carter. Thanks G, for the huge smile I got when Ash sent me this pic.

Jen said...

So glad that everything turned out okay! Love you guys!

Caitlin said...

Sorry this is off the topic, but how did you get this sweet background for your page?? I want one!

Garrett, Ashlee and Parker said... or .net???