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Old 02-28-2011, 10:41 PM
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Default Daughter's laser treatment/talking with teacher about it...

Hi there!
My kindergartener is going to have her first laser treatment in a couple of weeks on her hemangioma...what's left of it..the redness under her nose and above her lip. I'm going in to talk to her teacher about it tomorrow just to let her know what to expect, etc. Problem is, I don't really know what to expect either?
-Anyone else had a young school age child having laser? What did it look like for the few days after?
-Do you have any advice on what I should tell the teacher? What should my daughter say if kids ask about? What should I ask the teacher to do to help her with the looks/comments? Any advice?

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Shannon
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:13 PM
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Hi Shannon!

I would simply tell the teacher what's going on and that you don't know what to expect. Every laser procedure I've seen has involved redness and swelling.

You should tell your daughter to tell the truth about it ... that she had laser treatment and it will heal soon. After the first few hours, there might not be any comments or looks.

When my oldest was in K5, there was a girl in his class that had to have extensive facial reconstruction surgery. I was really surprised at how that child looked when she went back to school, but my son was very "whatever ... I don't like girls" about it. No one teased her at all. I was amazed. Adults don't act that well and those five year olds showed a lot of grace.

But, it's OK to just say, "I have no idea what to expect," to the teacher. Most likely, that teacher knows which of the students are likely to act up over it and will stop it before it starts.

Will be thinking of you on that day!! Do come back and let us know how things go.

Missy
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:53 AM
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Thanks Missy! I met with her teacher today and it went really great. I also bumped into the counselor when I was at the school and chatted with her about it and actually got a chance to share a bit more about Faith's hemangioma journey with her. She was amazed and I think both the teacher and counselor will be of great support to Faith. We have decided to keep it really low key and try not to make a big deal out of it, but just explain it for what it is (if the other kids ask), if needed.

Also, last night I emailed Leslie Graff and she gave me a lot of great advice as well and was so helpful. I really don't know how I would have made it through this hemangioma journey without VBF (and the old MSN site too )
People here have been amazing (you, Corinne, Donna Ducker, other friends I've made, the doctors who have emailed me, the parents who have shared their photos and experiences with me over the past 6 years )....I seriously would have been lost without this place....it has transformed a difficult experience into a blessing really. My only hope is that I can help others the way that you have all helped me.
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Shannon
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:44 AM
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Shannon,

I hope Faith has an easy time of it. I hope you are as surprised by the kids as I was that one time.

And, thank you for the kind words. I have a child with a lifelong disability and I've come to see it as a blessing as well. Honestly, it sometimes felt like I was being punished, but our children bring with them so much joy!

What date is her procedure scheduled? I want to make sure I put it on my calendar so I can remember to ask after her. The older I get ... I swear, I've forgotten more than I knew, so I might have been told already!

Missy
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:41 PM
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Ha Ha! March 14th! I'm lucky if I can remember today's date!

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