Monday, April 23, 2007

More Questions Than Answers

Today Son #1 and I had our first visit with the pediatric endocrinologist. This step one in determining whether Son #1 actually has a growth deficiency. His growth rate has been slow for several years - sometimes dipping below the growth chart, which in itself, is not necessarily a problem as long as the child is following the same curve. However, Son #1 seems to have fallen flat.

Endocrinologists often use a slightly different growth chart than pediatricians (one that ranges 3-97%, instead of the usual 5-95%). According the the endrocrinologist's chart, Son #1 is in the bottom 1-2 percentile. He also looked at Son #1's bone age xray that my pediatrician had ordered. I like the endo doc. He really took the time to explain things. It appears that Son #1's bone-age is 11.0 years, which isn't too far off from his chronological age (he's 11 years 10 months old).

Next step is a complete blood work up, then we go back in 7 weeks to discuss the test results and to monitor Son #1's weight (he's not really expected to gain much, if any, height between now and then). I got the impression that at this point, we're collecting info to plot on charts to get a better picture of what's going on. The growth rate over time is a more important clue than his short stature/low weight. It should be an interesting journey. Wish us well...

6 comments:

Tracey said...

Good luck. Hope it's just a slower growth progress for him, and nothing else.

Shionge said...

We'll walk this path with you Elle...it'll turn out well for sure :)

Lala's world said...

oh please do keep us informed and I will be praying for him and you guys! glad that you are finally going to get some answers too!

Sue said...
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Sue said...

Elle, good luck on this journey. We're here for you...keep us posted!

Elle*Bee said...

Thanks all, I'll keep you posted.