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Update on the lump

Posted Mar 27 2009 10:55am
Sorry for the delay folks. We went to see the pediatric ophthalmologist on Thursday and what a different attitude. She had a full eye exam (including dilating her eyes) to assure that it was not interfering with her vision. The doctor thinks that it is most likely a dermoid cyst and we have surgery scheduled to have it removed and sent for pathology. A dermoid cyst is a slow growing and our doctor thinks that she has probably had it since birth. Odds of malignancy are very, very low as the cyst usually contains hair, fluid, teeth, or skin glands, EWWWW!

The biggest difference in this visit was the complete lack of condescention which is unsurprising as I have worked with Dr. Johnson in the past with clients. Not only was Nat's medical history but so was mine and Dad's, especially since Dad has worn glasses for years. The surgery was explained in depth as was the follow up.

Maybe this is just a difference in personality but I suspect it is more a difference in the children served. Our first visit was to a general pediatrician, they see thousands of kids a year and very few of them are seen for anything other than general medical care, colds, flus, etc.

Compare that to Dr. Johnson who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and as such sees many children with more complicated histories or medical conditions. The kids that I've been to see him with have had retinopathy of prematurity or cortical blindness or more. Did he choose the speciality because of his personality or did he develop his interpersonal skills because of the patients he sees?

Who knows. What we do know is that on April 24th Nat's going to have surgery, under general anesthetic. Her post op will be a day of rest followed by normal life, excluding sports for a week. So I'll still need my Xanax but now I know I have enough to share and don't need to hoard them. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support. It's nice to know that if I am crazy, I'm crazy with friends :)

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