Last week when G.I. Joe was gone I found a little bump on Lucy's stomach. I dismissed it as a bug bite that was fairly new and just hadn't turned red yet. She wasn't bothered by it and didn't act weird and had no other symptoms going on so I figured I'd wait a few days and check it again. It never got bigger but it became more evident that it wasn't a bug bite, it was a lump under her skin. So Monday night I had G.I. Joe check it out while we were giving her a bath. Normally he is the anti-worrier. He brushes stuff and tells me there is no reason to worry. This time though he chose his words very carefully. "Would it make YOU feel better to get it checked? I think it would make YOU feel better so call the doctor in the morning."
That sent my nerves over the edge. I had so many things going though my head and none of them were good. Then I would think, "Maybe I'm being completely ridiculous and its nothing. But a little lump sticking out of her abdomen can't be nothing." Tuesday morning we were at the doctor's office. The moment we went in Lucy has flashbacks to shots (like she does anytime we are in a waiting room where names are called) and she started flipping out. Focusing on calming her down was the only thing that kept me calm.
We finally saw the doctor, a man who used to treat me periodically as a child so I trusted him completely. After asking a lot of questions and feeling the lump...a lot...he gave us total assurance that we didn't need to worry a second longer. Lucy has a tiny cyst under her skin but that's all it is. I was relieved when he told us there was "no way it can be cancer." It freaked me out a bit that he brought up the "C word" because it made me realize I hadn't been totally unrealistic. If the characteristics had been different we would have been told that it required further testing. Countless parents have to hear that and it breaks my heart. I pray for families like that every day. Thankfully though Lucy's cyst is "100% benign." It doesn't have any cancer properties at all. The cyst may go away or she may have it forever and never notice it.
Its funny because G.I. Joe and I have both had little cysts like that. Most adults have at point had one. But when its your kid its a whole other matter! I don't think I've ever breathed better than I did as we walked out of that appointment yesterday! And now we can resume our previous schedules of tea parties and hide-and-seek :)
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