Andrew took a trip to the doctor today. A few weeks ago, he had me feel this round little lump that felt like a BB rolling around under the skin next to his ear. I don't like to feel such things, but I felt it just long enough to know that, indeed, there is a little lump that felt like a BB rolling around in there. He informed me that he had first noticed it a couple of months before, but hadn't said anything, thinking it was probably nothing. But while it didn't get any bigger, it didn't shrink or go away either. So he told me about it. I told him to wait a bit and see if anything happened. Nothing happened. But still, it bothered him, so after several days of his reminding me to call the doctor, I finally did, and today was his appointment.
While we were sitting in the exam room, it occurred to me that the lump might not be there anymore. I hadn't felt it anymore (because things like that creep me out). So I said, "That thing's still in there, isn't it?" To which Andrew replied in the affirmative. Because I would have felt like an idiot taking my child to the doctor when nothing is wrong. You know, like when they're burning up with a raging fever when you check it at home, then you get them to the doctor and the temp's normal and they're climbing up the wall? Andrew assured me the BB-rolling-around lump is still there.
Enter our doctor. This is the doctor that I love. He has a wonderful bedside manner, and a soft British accent to go with it. I love to listen to him talk! Anyway. He listens to Andrew explain what concerns him, then stands up to feel the place where Andrew feels the BB. I watch the doctor's face as he does this, to see if I can tell when he feels it. All he says is, "There's an ahhh-tree there. I can feel it pulsing." An ahhh-tree? What in the world is that? Oh! An artery! Ok. Arteries are good. So he has Andrew feel it to show him that what he had thought was a BB thing rolling around was actually an ahh-tree. He even told him how to push hard on it, then let up a little and feel the pulse (ewwwww!)
Now I'm studying faces. Andrew's does not look convinced that the BB is an artery, but Dr. is not convinced there's a BB thing in there. Dr. looks slightly amused (I can just see the thoughts swirling in his head - Ha! Ha! Mom brings boy in for ahhh-tree!) But, you know . . . I've felt that BB thing in there, and to me, an inexperienced mother with no medical training whatsoever, it feels harder than I think an ahhh-tree should feel. And if I remember my high school biology, arteries are not BB-shaped and roll around - well, I guess they do move, but not like a ball rolling.
So I piped up and said, "You know, I did feel that thing, and it feels like a little ball rolling around in there." So he checks again. For a long time. Kind of chuckling every now and then. And finally he says, "Yes, I do feel something else in there. I believe the ahhh-tree is lying across it. It's very elusive!" So he orders an ultrasound for Andrew, just to be sure there's nothing serious going on, but does he feel it's something serious? No. For the record, I don't either, but as a mother, you know, I want to be sure. Very. Sure. Absolutely sure. No-doubt-about-it sure. So we're having the ultrasound. I hope we get to see that ahhh-tree. And if there is something else in there, I hope it will be something innocent and totally explainable . . . like a lymph noid. But that's another story for another time.