Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What a great patient!

When our now five-year-old was born, she had two tiny spots on her scalp where the skin did not close completely in utero. The doctor called it an "epithelial defect," and that it would soon fill in with scar tissue. We called it her "angel kiss."

As she got bigger, so did her birthmark. The largest one was now the size of a nickel; the smaller one, the size of a pencil eraser. Because they are right in her cowlick, there is no way the hair would ever cover them, but she didn't seem to mind. In fact, I overheard her telling her sister once, "I feel sorry for you, because you don't have an angel kiss, like I do!"

Anyway, we knew some day she would mind, so today was the day to "repair" it. Since she is too little to hold still long enough for a local anesthetic (would any of us be??), she had a little day surgery.

Here she is before the "happy juice," which made her talk nonsense and try to pull imaginary "bugs" out of the air.
One lucky sister got to come with her to keep her company. Here she checks to make sure we've got the right patient. Love those itchy, hospital-issue jammies...


And here she is at home. We tried all sorts of pressure dressings (how on earth to get them to stay on over HAIR??), but finally decided on the "World War II head-injury patient" look. With a bit of 21st century color, of course. Actually, at this moment, it is riding up into a bit of a Smurf hat look. Whatever works.

A little food, a sucker, and she's good as new! What a trooper. I would have milked this one for several days of R&R!


She still has her angel kiss. We'll know it's there, even if other people can't see it anymore!

7 comments:

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

Glad it all went well!

Susanne said...

She does not even look one bit nervous! What a brave girl!

Beck said...

She IS brave! I'd have been scared witless - quite the trooper you have there!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

So glad she's well. Of course, Mom was probably far more nervous that the patient!

Danielle said...

ahh my daughter has had the happy juice...they are so funny on that. she had it for a different procedure though. i hadnt laughed that hard in a while.

Munchkin Land said...

I am SO glad that she came through it ok! Loved the WWII head dressing. It cracked me up!! =)

Jeremy@Life of an Ant said...

Kudos to her for being so brave!!