By Lucy Grealy
"I spent 5 years of my lifestyles being handled for melanoma, yet for the reason that then I've spent fifteen years being taken care of for not anything except having a look varied from each person else. It was once the soreness from that, from feeling grotesque, that I consistently seen because the nice tragedy of my existence. the truth that I had melanoma appeared minor in comparison."
At age 9, Lucy Grealy was once clinically determined with a probably terminal melanoma. whilst she again to varsity with a 3rd of her jaw got rid of, she confronted the harsh scoffs of classmates. during this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her tale of serious ache and memorable power with out sentimentality and with substantial wit. Vividly portraying the discomfort of peer rejection and the accountable pleasures of eager to be unique, Grealy captures with specific perception what it really is like as a baby and younger grownup to be torn among warring impulses: to suppose that greater than anything we wish to be enjoyed for who we're, whereas wishing desperately and secretly to be perfect.
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When will we get the results? Audiogram Some of the chemotherapy drugs that children receive for cancer treatment can cause hearing loss. Your child’s doctor may order a hearing test, called an audiogram, to monitor for possible hearing problems. During the audiogram, your child will be placed in a soundproof room to prevent outside noises from interfering with the test. You should be allowed to remain with your child during this procedure. Earphones will be placed on his ears, through which sounds, such as beeps and tones, are relayed.
This bone is right under the skin and contains a large amount of marrow. In some instances, marrow is collected from other sites, such as the sternum (breast bone) or tibia (bone in lower leg). If the sample is to be taken from the back hipbone, the child lies face down or on his side on a table, sometimes on a pillow to elevate the hip. The doctor will feel the site, then wipe it several times with an antiseptic to eliminate any germs. Sterile paper is placed around the site, and the doctor will wear sterile gloves.
Echocardiograms are then given periodically during and after treatment to check for heart muscle damage. An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to measure the amount of blood that leaves the heart each time it contracts. This percentage (blood ejected during a contraction compared to blood in the heart when it is relaxed) is called the ejection fraction. The echocardiogram is performed by a technician, nurse, or doctor. The child or teen lies on a table and has conductive jelly applied to the chest.