"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mary Kathleen. . .continued

So we went down to Children's yesterday afternoon and saw Dr. Bayliss. In a nutshell, she told us that she recommends removal of the congenital nevus birthmark when it is on a place such as the scalp because it is difficult to see changes that could indicate concern. She said if it were on her arm she'd say, "Let's just watch it." But because of where it is and the fact that moles can sometimes be malignant, she recommends we just have it removed. She said sometime in the next year so I'll try to do it around a time when I can be off. She'll have to have a general anesthesia but it is an outpatient surgery. We got a list of plastic surgeons that Dr. Bayliss recommends and we will call them and start the process of setting something up. She said that these can tend to get pretty deep, so it is possible that some cells will be left, but she doesn't want to mess around with it and just biopsy it here and there. She said it will leave a scar (the least of my worries with Connie; funny how your perspective changes) but hopefully her hair will grow over it. I guess she'll never be able to wear a really short do when she's grown up.

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