This afternoon, McKenna had a dermatologist appointment for a lingering cracked/peeling skin issue on her finger and foot. I've always felt like eczema was the culprit and the pediatrician confirmed that diagnosis, but I thought an expert's opinion was probably for the best especially since it hasn't cleared up completely after months of treatment. The nurse began taking McKenna's history, and I was determined to sit quietly as McKenna took control of her medical history.
Nurse: So McKenna, what brings you in today?
McKenna: (looking up at the ceiling with a look of mild uncertainty) Well . . . I think that I might have emphysema.
Nurse: *laughing* Emphysema? Oh, that's funny.
Me: McKenna, if you have emphysema then we are at the wrong specialist.
McKenna: Well, I thought that's what it was called!
Me: It's called eczema. Emphysema is a chronic lung condition caused by smoking.
McKenna: (looking alarmed and very embarrassed) Oh, yeah. I don't have that.
The story was repeated when the dermatologist came in, and she acted like that was the cutest thing she's ever heard in her office.
So, in summary, here are a few things I learned from today's visit:
- McKenna does, in fact, have eczema and her skin care routine just got a lot more high maintenance and more expensive.
- The mole she was born with is one of the "good guys" and can stay.
- She's growing up, but she's not quite ready to independently take the reins of her medical care just yet.