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Lindsey gets jabbed with pencil

This picture (below) was taken today, three days after her visit to the doctor. She gets the sutures out on Thursday before school.
Look carefully for the lead colored dot on her head from the pencil before going to the doctor:
Happy new year, everyone. The family and I just got back from Colorado last night and today I took Lindsey to the doc for a little cosmetic procedure. In December, one of her classmates was intending to toss a pencil across the room to another student, and the object in motion incidentally hit Lindsey in the forehead instead. See the gray colored, permanent lead dot about an inch below her hairline on the left side of her face?

Today, Dr. Jones removed what he referred to as a pencil tattoo, by numbing her skin with a very long needle, then using a small cookie cutter type of blade, that removed a round chunk of skin, then stitched it up with two stitches. I watched the whole time as I was holding Lindsey's hand. She was very brave and it was rather nauseating to observe. Seeing the curvy needle being shoved through the flesh on my daughter's forehead, then looped through a couple times, just seemed excruciating. Thank goodness for drugs because Lindsey didn't seem to be bothered at all by the procedure.

We're glad we did this, because after talking to a number of people, the lead dot would likely be there for years. In the waiting room lobby area, a man showed us his little pencil tattoo on his hand that he'd had since kindergarten, and told us about another spot he had on his chest. When it was on her face, I felt like I wanted to be proactive and have it removed as soon as possible. Lindsey is happy that it's gone too. She didn't want me to send the bill to the boy's parents since she has to face this kid in biology each day, so I guess it can be categorized as a late Christmas present.

I'll be posting pictures from our trip soon too, by the way. Again, happy new year!


Summer Adams said…
I was wondering if you left town for the holidays. I've been checking your blog for a fun Christmas post :)

I'm sooo glad Lindsey got that taken care of. I, too, would want to give that boy's parents the bill. Jeeze...what a little stinker he is!!
Madison said…
How weird that they can stay for years like that! Boy, it's good you had that removed. Guess what? Rush is extending their Snakes and Arrows tour through next year and they're planning on a venue in Austin. You should invite me out and I can go with Uncle Kelly... :D
Kelly said…
Consider yourself invited, Madison! Not that you need an invitation. You wouldn't have to twist Uncle Kelly's arm to go the concert either.
ninnies said…
thanks for the comments. I just barely took off my bandaid, and the stitches are very ugly-looking.

They're kind of painful, but they'll be gone Thursday morning. =]

Anyway...I'd like to go to the concert with Madison and Dad! That sounds like fun. ^_^

And thanks for making this a late Christmas Present. That's extremely nice of you.

Love, Lindsey
Mandi said…
Lindsey, I am glad that you got that taken care of. My parents never took care of mine when my brother shot a pencil at me with a rubberband gun when I was younger, I still have a pencil tattoo on my butt! Glad to know I could get it taken off if I wanted. Cannot wait to hear about your Christmas.
Julie said…
I am glad Lindsey got her tattoo removed. Tom has one on his arm that he got in Jr. High. Lindsey would have had that forever if it weren't for her conscientious mom.
I can't wait to get the Christmas card.
Lonna said…
I too have been checking your blog like a lost sheep wondering if you had just gotten sick of posting during the crazy Holiday season. I am relieved to hear that you were just out of town for a bit. Welcome back and Happy 2008. I am sure that you have a lot of fun and exciting things to post about and I am anxious to see where your camera has been.
~Family Life said…
Welcome Home Kelly!!! I'm glad things went well with Lindsey. Kudos to you for watching the procedure. Sometimes that's harder than having it done on yourself. I'm looking forward to new posts about your trip!
i had no idea that happened. glad everything went well during the procedure!
Kellie said…
Thanks to this surgery, Lindsey won't be worrying about how to hide that pencil mark on her forehead on her wedding day. What a true gift!! Funny how those little things make us so self conscious, and how nice that a simple surgery can make it better... Don't worry Lindsey, the stitches will look better and better. I didn't even notice when we saw you at church today!
I still have a pencil tattoo on my arm from when my brother stabbed me with a pencil when I was 8 years old. For a while I thought the lead was embedded in my skin, then I found out it actually caused a tattoo! My only one, thankfully.
Julie said…
I never knew that could happen from a pencil! It's amazing what they can do these days and I'm glad Lindsey was able to get it removed.

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