Hemangiomas

December 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Jack and Leah are going to see a dermatologist at Children’s Mercy today because they both have several hemangiomas. If you don’t know what a hemangioma is it is a cluster or build up of blood vessels. Some kids have them at birth and they grow for about six months and then they start to disappear. No one really knows why some kids have them and some don’t. It doesn’t appear to be genetic or anything like that.

Because Jack and Leah both have more than three our pediatrician is sending us to a dermatologist to have them evaluated. If you have several hemangiomas on your skin it could mean you have them on your liver or other places as well. Most likely they will just watch them. As the doctor told us. Nature removes them much better than we ever could. However, Leah has one on her upper lip underneath the skin. This could cause problems with eating or other things so they want to keep a closer eye on her.

I’ll post an update after we go to the doctor.

UPDATE

We went to the doctor on friday. The dermatologist is not concerned about Leah’s hemangiomas, but she wants to keep a closer eye on Jack because he has six of them. We go in Wednesday for an Ultrasound to make sure that there are no hemangiomas on the liver or other organs. Leah is going to go ahead and have an ultrasound as well becuase the test doesn’t require any medications or have side effects and she will be there anyway. They scheduled our appointment for 7:15 in the morning. I don’t think that is very nice to ask a mom of 3 month old twins to be anywhere at 7:15 but they didnt’ ask if that worked for us they just told us to be there. To add to the fun the babies can’t eat for 4 hours ahead of time. It should be an interesting morning. I predict everyone will need a nap by the time that we are done. Poor Jason will have to go to work after the whole ordeal.

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  1. I feel for you. For what it’s worth, the 7:15 appointment is their version of being nice, honest. Edwin’s appointment with “no food beforehnd!” was at 11:30 a.m. or so–I think I finally got to give him a bottle around 12:30? They do it because when babies are that little, the “milk coma” works just as well as sedatives, and that way they don’t have to give the babies any drugs to keep ’em still so they can see what they need to see. I’d’ve much rather gotten it over with early in the morning rather than later–and since you’ve got to listen to it in stereo, omg. Good luck guys.

  2. Good luck. I’m anxious to hear how it went. Jace is having an ultrasound in a couple of weeks, so let me know how Jack handles it.


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