Well, yesterday we went to the ENT and had Brookelynne's neck checked. I have to say that I was very impressed with the offices, staff and doctor at this place and that makes me feel better. We saw Dr McMillian, who was an older lady with tons of experience. She was very nice and listened to what I had to say, not acting like she was in a rush, which I have to say is extremely important to me in a doctor, but anyway... She looked at it with the naked eye and felt it and told me that she didn't see a sinus tract or feel one, but wanted to check it under a microscope. So they held Brooke down and she was looking VERY frightened of that microscope coming near her, but she was a trooper and didn't even cry! (She did scream when the doctor pinched the spot, but that was right at the end and I was able to pick her up before she got too upset). She then told me that because of its placement and the fact that there was some drainage when she pinched it, she's confident that it is a sinus tract but they don't want to do anything about it right now.
They set us up an appt for 2 months from now so they can keep an eye on it, but are fairly certain that no action will need to be taken before Brooke turns one. At that point, depending on what it looks like, we will have the decision to make as to whether we want it taken out. The down side is that if we don't she'll always have a red spot on her neck (in a very obvious place for an adult) that is draining fluid every time her nose runs. The surgery to have it removed is fairly routine, but the risk comes in that they never know how far the tract goes into their head. It could go one millimeter or go all the way into their sinus cavity and to get it out, they have to follow it all the way to the end. Sooooo, for now, we just keep doing what we're doing and pray that when the time comes, the Lord has given us the wisdom to make the decision He would have us to make. :) That is all! :)
PS Wasn't her ladybug outfit ADORABLE?!? The girls at the doctor's office sure thought so!