holden's hemangioma update
*By way of an update: on February 18, 2019, at the age of 6, Holdy was officially discharged from the Penn State Hershey Dermatology Clinic, her hemangioma having shrunk down to an almost-invisible size.
It's been about a month since we stopped the medication for Holden's hemangioma on her right cheek, and, as you can see, it's seen some regrowth.
You may recall from my first post on her hemangioma that hemangiomas like Holden's usually appear a few weeks to months after a baby is born. They go through a rapid growth phase for about six months to a year, and then begin to regress at a much slower rate. The hemangioma should mostly be gone by the time a baby is two or three. So it seems like Holden's hemangioma isn't quite ready to go away just yet.
I was prepared to allow the hemangioma to take its course and not restart the medicine, but at the urging of my parents and my husband, I relented. I guess someone asked my mom about Holden's bruised face at the park, so it really is becoming more noticeable.
The good news is that we know the medicine works. Looks like we'll just have to ride this thing out a bit longer. I am pretty bummed to have her back on medication, but I obviously want to do what's best for her.