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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cyst Sadness

Carter had his 4 month appointment yesterday. I love Dr. Katz. He just so personable. And he's very straightforward. He's loving and attentive and immediately addresses any concerns that we have as parents.

Carter's in the 90th percentile in both height and weight. Scott's so excited. He's banking on Carter being a football or basketball player. Lol. He's older developmentally than his actual age, which is great and looks fabulous, says Doc K.

When we got to the Q&A portion of the visit, Scott and I asked about the tiny bump that's been on Carter's head for about 8 weeks. We thought he banged it at first while trying to gain control of his neck muscles. But it never went away. Dr. Katz looked at it for less than 30 seconds before telling us we were going to have to see a pediatric surgeon.

I froze in my seat and time stopped for just a moment. The sound of my blood pumping seemed deafening in my ears.

He went on to explain that the bump was a dermoid cyst that's caused in babies when a tiny piece of skin gets caught in the bones of the skull as the move and harded. He said it's have to come out surgically. I just sat there stunned. I had assumed he'd tell us everything was fine and it'd go away on it's on, like his hernia thing (which is completely healed, by the way).

I have since been trying to come to gripes with this "routine" procedure, but I keep coming back to the fact that someone is going to put my baby under and cut on his face. How can I be okay with that? I realize it's necessary, but I don't have to be happy about it. Because I'm not. I'm very upset. More upset than I should be, probably, but that's where I am.

You can see his little bump above his right eye. Barely there at all. ::Sigh:: I made myself cry making his little caption. THAT shows you where I am in all of this.

Periorbital dermoid cysts
Dermoid cysts can appear in young children, often near the lateral aspect of the eyebrow (right part of the right eyebrow or left part of the left eyebrow). It often has a rubbery feel. These are sometimes watched and sometimes excised. An inflammatory reaction can occur if the dermoid cyst is disrupted.

Dermoid cysts can recur if not completely excised. Sometimes, complete excision is not practical if in a dumbbell configuration where the cyst extends through a suture line in the skull.


Warner Wrap-Up said...

Carter's little face in that picture is too much...sadness! I am sorry to hear about this girl. EVERYTHING will be fine though! I will be praying for you! :)

KRiSTiN said...

Thanks Steph! Prayers are appreicated! :)

The Barbers said...

ok, that almost made ME cry! Sheesh! Fri is the consult not surgery right?? T and I will be praying for our little buddy.

*SIGH* so sad.......

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