Friday, January 30, 2009

Hemangiomas

L. has had three hemangiomas since she was just a couple of weeks old. They all appeared while she was still in the NICU. They are located on her hand, upper back, and on her back hip, right where the diaper lays across her back. We are very lucky that they aren't on any areas that would impare her vision or eating.

We have been keeping an eye on them and our Pediatrician checks them out at every visit. The one on her hip is starting to get a little weakened in the middle, so she referred us to a plastic surgeon for further evaluation.

Our appointment was earlier this week, so we had someone watch M. while Hubby and I made the trek for the appointment. It was the first time since leaving the NICU that they've been separated! Both did fine, but we made the dumb mistake of not taking a stroller and of course we didn't park in the right spot, so Hubby ended up carrying L., who was still sleeping when we arrived, in her car seat all across a big ol' hospital. Next time, we'll park in the right spot AND take the stroller!

So, we found out that she'll have to have surgery to remove these, since the one is getting weaker and they don't want to risk it ulcerating and opening up. As you can imagine, you don't want to run the risk of this thing opening up + coming in contact with any, um "diaper related" contents.

So, my sweet girl will have to be put under with anesthesia and they will go ahead and remove all three at one time. I know that she's a trooper, but I just hate to think that she'll have to be go through this at such a young age. It probably is better, because she won't remember it ... plus, we won't have to wait up to 5+ years for the hemangiomas to go away on their own. This practice specializes in pediatric plastic surgery, so I know they know what they are doing, but still. I guess part of becoming a Mom is learning how to worry like one!

8 comments:

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Well it certainly sounds like the right decision to get it taken care of now before complications occur, but still a little worrisome!

Goddess in Progress said...

I'm sure it's the right call, but you can't avoid the worrying! My kids each have one. Rebecca's is on her neck, Daniel's on his chest. Doc looks at them every time, but hasn't said anything... We'll see. Maybe I'll ask her about it at their checkup on Tuesday.

Jules said...

Oh my goodness...I had no idea. She will be fine...those little ones are troopers as you well know. But I know that does not stop you from worrying. Keep us posted and we will be thinking about her & YOU.

lisagh said...

Thinking good thoughts for Libby and for the whole family!

NatalieDeltaGam said...

i think erin talked about claire's one time and going to a plastic surgeon.

i'm so sorry your little lady is having to go through that. will it be laser? will there be stitches?

m.m. had two cephalohematomas on her head (big blood-filled bruises between the skull and scalp) that we're watching. hopefully they'll go away on their own--though they may calcify and turn into "horns" first--and will need no medical intervention..at least i hope so!

..anyway, just wanted to say that i'll be thinking about y'all!

nanny said...

Love your blog, left you a token of appreciation for sharing your sweet girls with us at the good life!

SCG said...

Hey. My baby has couple a strawberry hemangiomas that really became visible a couple days after birth...One is on the center of her forehead. I FREAKED out at first. It grew rapidly. Now at 18 months it is finally shrinking and dissolving as I was told it would. No need to removed here. We are thinking of you.
P.S. If you look at my 07 blog post you can see pics.

Ladybug's Picnic said...

How did everything turn out? Claire has one on her upper lip and we see a plastic surgeon at Children's Hospital in Boston and we opted just to let it resolve on its own. Charlotte had two and they were gone before she turned two so I assume Claire's will do the same.