My bad. I shouldn't have labeled the last post. Instead of sharing something funny that Aaron said, I have received criticism for something upon which we have not yet completely decided. (And I don't mean you, Tami! Thanks for the support.)
So, let me clear something up here by saying that Tim and I won't be letting Aaron decide his own fate when it comes to his urethral problem, but since he is getting older, and it is his penis, we think it is a good idea to ask him his preference. Furthermore, we like the fact that our urologist is not in the habit of suggesting circumcision as the first choice. When we met with him, he said that there are too many of them done, and that there is no need for circumcision. That was our feeling, too, when Aaron was born, and the reason why we didn't have him circumcised at that point.
When Aaron goes to the bathroom, the urine backs up under the foreskin, causing the foreskin to balloon out. The urine eventually leaks out, and Tim has taught him to wait until the urine is all out, then he carefully wipes his penis, and the toilet (if there are drips on it). Along with the ballooning penis (and I don't mean to be funny here), his urine stream (prior to trying the steroidal cream) would go everywhere: the walls, the floor, the toilet lid. No matter what Aaron did to try to get the urine into the toilet, most of it was missing the actual bowl.
Our pediatrician checked Aaron out and said that his urethral opening was very small at the tip of the penis, because the foreskin there was very tight. The urologist explained that he agreed, and that the skin actually looked a little like the tightness that happens with scar tissue. Retraction of the foreskin, which usually occurs in uncircumcised males between 10 and 14 years of age, is a long way off for this kid. He is five. If he cannot go to school and urinate without getting urine on the walls and floor, he is going to be teased mercilessly.
The questions I have for the urologist at our next visit are:
1. Can we try to use the cream a bit longer? I think it has helped a little. The urine still backs up under the foreskin, but his stream is straighter.
2. If we do nothing, is there a health issue with urine that backs up under the foreskin, i.e. bacterial infection?
3. Will his skin retract normally when he is older? And if so, can we just try to get through these next few years?
4. If Aaron was his child, what would he do? (Whether or not he can really answer that one, I don't know.)
Anyway, poor Aaron has his life spread out here for all to hear, but hey, as I said in the last post, privacy is at a premium at our house.