Alana's Appointment

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Alana's Appointment

Well, we went back to the dermatologist today and met with the PA and the doctor. The doctor was very nice but only had to look at the mole for a second to decide that it didn't look good and needed to be biopsied. Alana did really well during the procedure and only cried a little bit. She was super nervous but the PA was great and talked her through the whole thing. I absolutely love this lady and she is so good with Alana, really talking to her and being upfront and honest. She said we should get the results by next Monday and I'm pretty optimistic. She prepared me that there is a good chance it isn't benign and that she'll be referring us elsewhere for more treatment. Like I said, I'm staying optimistic. It didn't help though that on our way out a nurse pointed at Alana and whispered to the PA, "Is that her?"

On a really positive note she only had to have 2 warts treated because the rest were gone! The remaining 2 were very small and will hopefully be gone by the next appointment in 2 weeks. Alana isn't in any pain right now and she thinks it is pretty cool she has a chunk of hair missing, lol.

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Thinking good thoughts for you!

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That sounds scary, but I'm glad you are being optimistic. :bigarmhug:

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Poor kiddo!!! I've had moles removed and it's not fun. I'm glad she thinks it's cool her hair is missing.

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"NatalieL" wrote:

Poor kiddo!!! I've had moles removed and it's not fun. I'm glad she thinks it's cool her hair is missing.

Can I ask a strange question? Did they take a picture of your mole before removing it? They took a picture of Alana's mole and I wasn't quite sure why. I didn't ask because I tried not to say too much in front of her.

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Keep us posted I'll be thinking of you.

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I was hoping to get some news today, but nothing. I'm not a patient waiter, lol.

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Good news! The nurse called today and said that Alana's mole was not malignant, just atypical. Apparently this puts her at a higher risk for malignancies in the future, but for now everything is good! I'm so relieved and ecstatic! We see the dermatologist again next Monday and she will do a full body check on her. She'll need to have this done every 6 months for awhile but that's no biggie.

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Awesome news!!!

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Thank God! That was scary and made me hold my breath. I can't imagine what you were feeling.

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I was absolutely terrified! I guess I'm still a tad on edge knowing that her chances for developing melanoma are higher than average, but at the same time that's no guarantee that she'll ever develop it. So for now life goes on!

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

Good news! The nurse called today and said that Alana's mole was not malignant, just atypical. Apparently this puts her at a higher risk for malignancies in the future, but for now everything is good! I'm so relieved and ecstatic! We see the dermatologist again next Monday and she will do a full body check on her. She'll need to have this done every 6 months for awhile but that's no biggie.

Yahoo That is great news! What a relief!

Claire's little freckle on her cheek is now slightly raised. Do you know if that's okay in little kids? The freckle is only a couple millimetres and is uniform in colour and size.

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YAY!!!

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Yahoo That is great news! What a relief!

Claire's little freckle on her cheek is now slightly raised. Do you know if that's okay in little kids? The freckle is only a couple millimetres and is uniform in colour and size.

Perhaps it is a mole? It is common for kids to develop raised moles that are symmetrical and uniform in color. Alana's mole was multi-colored and asymmetrical. Regardless, if you're concerned you should ask the doctor. After researching melanoma I now realize just how serious it is. I honestly didn't realize that before.

Since the doc will be checking her body anyway I have a few more things to ask her. Might as well get my $40 worth, lol. Alana has had 2 large lumps behind her right ear for nearly a year now. When they first popped up I asked the Pedi and she said, "Oh, she's probably just fighting an infection. They'll go away soon." Well, they never did but they quit hurting her so I just ignored them. With this recent health scare I figure nothing should be ignored anymore. Also, she's got some rashy looking patches on her back that itch her intensely. Once again I ignored them thinking they'd go away, but last night she had scratched them until they bled. I'm thinking it is eczema but I could definitely be wrong. I just need the doc to tell me exactly what it is so I know what to put on it.

It is always something with this kid! lol

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Don't eczema/allergies/asthma often go together?

I'm glad that it wasn't malignant!!! What a huge relief.

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"NatalieL" wrote:

Don't eczema/allergies/asthma often go together?

For both Peter and Heath yes. The times of year that his allergies/asthma get worse and we use the puffers more is the same time of year his contact dermatitis gets worse http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1T4SKPT_enUS413US413&q=contact+dermatitis&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1345&bih=555

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"NatalieL" wrote:

Don't eczema/allergies/asthma often go together?

I'm glad that it wasn't malignant!!! What a huge relief.

They do, but I've also been told that eczema almost always shows up before a child turns 5 and this just started a few weeks ago (she's 6). We've also eliminated the foods she's allergic to and she is on Singulair. Just confused why the eczema would show up now, especially since her asthma/allergies are worse in the winter.

For those whose kids have eczema, what does it look like? I googled eczema images but what I saw doesn't really look like what Alana has. The images I saw looked red and hers is flesh colored and even a little gray. It looks like elephant skin I swear, lol.

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My kids looks like a patch or peeling sunburn.

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"NatalieL" wrote:

Don't eczema/allergies/asthma often go together?

Are you serious? I didn't know that. That actually explains a lot.

Both Eli's and Faith's are mostly flesh colored. I am a HORRIBLE photographer, but I'll try to get the patch that Eli currently has on his leg that came back. That is I'll take a picture after the batteries get charged.

ETA: A flesh colored patch sounds like a good description. And the one on Faith's bottoms got infected (very quickly like less than a couple hours quickly) looked like a burn.