Just a few hours after I finished uploading photos for my post yesterday, Mollie arrived home from school. I suggested we take her bandages off so I could check her incision (her follow up appointment is not until next week). She was very reticent - I thought she was worried about the pain from the adhesive. I got out the detachol (brilliant solvent for removing adhesive bandages) and she let me put it on the tegaderm (the outer bandage). It peeled off easily along with one of the steri-stips (inner bandages) from the smaller incision. The smaller scar looked great and I walked her into the bathroom to show her in the mirror. The larger incision was still covered, but Mollie would barely look. She just hung her head and started sobbing.
I held her until she calmed down and asked her what was wrong. "Why did this happen to me? Why did I have to have leukemia, surgery, and all the medicine and hospitals and blood draws?" It is certainly not the first time she, or any of us, have asked this question. My reply, as always, was to tell her that I wished it had never happened to her, that we are doing everything possible to make sure it doesn't come back, and to reassure her that it was not her fault. We talked a little bit about biology, God, and doctors.
She calmed down. She asked me to cover the incision with a band aid. That did the trick.
Later, she took a much-needed shower, but we left the steri strips and band aid in place.
I think she needed a good cry. She feels much better about everything today. A good cry and a hot shower work wonders.