Saturday, March 31, 2012

Holy Mole-y

Our days lately have consisted of baseball and occupational therapy, gymnastics and homeschooling, speech therapy and gardening... and mole removal.


Yeah. Joshua had a congenital mole that had started out the size of the head of a pin. It was between his toes, so I had forgotten it was there until he came to me recently and asked what was growing between his toes. When I looked, it had grown to the size of a dime.
We saw our family doctor, who referred us to a dermatologist. Because the mole was suspicious, he recommended removing it immediately. I hesitated and we got a second opinion. When the second dermatologist also recommended removal, we agreed.

FYI: The dermatologist showed us an easy mnemonic that lists things to watch for in moles- ABCDE. A is for asymmetry, B is for (irregular) borders, C is for color (changes), D is for diameter (larger than a pencil eraser), and E is for evolving. Joshua's mole fit all of the criteria of a suspicious mole.
On Friday Joshua's mole was removed. Fortunately, everything went smoothly and he had no trouble waking up from the anesthesia this time. He has been very easy-going about everything, which has been great!

He's in a bit of pain and still can't (or won't) walk on his own yet. The mole was large and the doctor wanted to remove a good margin around it so the wound is quite large. Because the mole stretched up the sides of two toes, the doctor couldn't do a skin graft either, so the hole was just packed and left open. It should heal from the inside out. It bled quite a bit the first night and I was starting to get worried but it looks better now. It's supposed to take 6-8 weeks to heal, which is rough for an almost 8-year old boy who just wants to run around.

We're waiting on the pathology report, but hopefully the mole hadn't turned into anything funky yet.

Add this to our list of weird, random things that happen to us when we least expect it.
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