Well, took Babyhead to the surgeon today. He has a birthmark on his head that looks like a scar and his pediatrician wanted the surgeon to look at it. He said that it might turn into something “bad” and just wanted the surgeon to look at in just in case, but that he wasn’t worried. So I wasn’t worried.
We had this appointment for a month. Dreaded going as it is in the City. We had no clue where we were going. We got to the Children’s Hospital and my god this place was crazy. I realize it was set up for kids, but it was sooooo confusing! After much searching for a parking spot in the garage, we finally made it in the building…we were greeted by a security officer that told us we had to have a visitor’s pass… (???). We find the floor the surgeon was on, but I couldn’t remember the suite…and of course they didn’t have a directory. So we wandered around a few minutes until we found his name.
We were there WAY early, so Babyhead got to play with the other children there. Poor kids, one little one looked like he had deformed hands, another girl had her ear reconstructed…but everyone was having fun. After waiting for an hour (remember we got there WAY early) we were finally called back just in time as Babyhead decided to push a little girl down and I had to hold him in my lap so he wouldn’t be mean again.
We get in the room, he asked us why we were there. I mention Babyhead’s pedi wanted him to look at this mark on his head and he says, “Oh, that is a nevus sebaceous. We will have to cut that out since it can turn into cancer.”
He says that it can turn into cancer in his teens but it is better to take it out now than to wait. He gives us the card to his surgery nurse to make an appointment whenever we want. Then we go home. DH and I talk about it on the way home and decide to do it sooner rather than later…it would be better to have it done now while I can devote all my attention to him once he gets out than after the baby’s born. Ok…so we are decided on that and the fact that we were definitely going to look it up when we got home.
We get home, I look it up…and this is what it says:
Later in life, some lesions may develop various types of appendageal tumors, such as trichoblastoma; syringocystadenoma papilliferum; basal cell carcinoma; and, less commonly, nodular hidradenoma, sebaceous epithelioma, apocrine cystadenoma, eccrine carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, sebaceous carcinoma, spiradenoma, and keratoacanthoma.
Basically, if we do nothing the spot could turn into benign or malignant tumors/skin cancer. The article also said that most of the time hormones affect the spot(s) and that these bad changes can happen when he goes through puberty.
So…after looking at the info I found (and I did look at other sources though there isn’t much info on it)…we decided that surgery is the best option and we no longer have to convince ourselves of it. I don’t want to revisit this in a few years when he is older and find out we waited too long and he ends up with some kind of bad cancer. But at the same time…I also have a hard time envisioning him on an operating table with IVs stuck in him either.
Either way…my baby is going to have surgery.
Being a mother is hard sometimes.