Post surgery I am getting a snapshot of what caregivers go through when an aging parent moves in or a child faces on-going medical challenges. Charlotte’s incision has to be cleaned 4 times daily in addition to her three doses of antibiotic. So when she goes to school tomorrow, her wound will have to be wiped with hydrogen peroxide to remove any crusting then dabbed dry with a Q-tip and covered in double antibiotic ointment before she heads out the door. Then I will go to her school to repeat this, Daddy will do it after school and I will another time before bed. Her stitches cover about an inch-long spot on the crown of her head where the mole was removed.
I asked and the doctor said the appearance of this mole had nothing to do with the sun. The good news he said mole removal is like weeding a garden; once you take them off they’re not likely to keep coming back. Great to hear since I considered a lifetime of mole-removal surgeries now that she’s had two since birth. A third surgery happened when the last mole removal didn’t heal right, so we have to be extra vigilant this time. Other than being held down by some nurses and me when the gas was administered–tough to do as a parent–Charlotte has done well. She has accepted the three little pigtails on her head keeping the spot exposed for cleaning and healing. And, no, her hair didn’t have to be shaved or cut. It will cover this spot like the other one, thankfully.
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 50
This post was written by Tara on August 19, 2012