12 January 2011

Endocrinology is a fun word

Liam had an appointment today at the same satellite location as his GI and former neurologist and I assumed we'd be seeing the nurse practitioner again today that we saw last month for GI. Instead we actually got to talk to the endocrinologist.

If you remember, last month I was told that Liam was not getting enough calories and we needed to up him to 5 cans a day from his current quota of 3. We still have not been able to get up to 5. On the best days we were getting 4 1/2 cans a day. But we were not able to sustain that amount for long before he started vomiting again. I backed off and he is getting a full 4 cans for now. But still, it's no where near where the GI said he should be.

Imagine my shock when Liam got on the scale today and he gained a whole pound since last month. He actually gained 1 lb 3 ounces! I couldn't believe it. I don't know how that happened. He's vomiting again and it's still not the goal amount of food they said he needs.

When they checked his height he had shrunk.

Well, obviously that didn't happen. At least I'm pretty sure that didn't really happen. I just think he's really hard to get an accurate height when you have to ram his head against a board and stretch out his leg as far as we can. You're libel to get different heights on different days.

I mentioned to the Dr that Liam is small for his age (only the 5th percentile), and that he has always poked along on his height and weight (except for this past month!) and we have always struggled to help him grow.

She asked if we had ever had any specific tests to check his cortisol, thyroid, pituitary, etc.  And we haven't. So, she ordered labs to have everything checked out. We should get the results in about 10 days.

We've had the idea of Liam going on growth hormones for quite a while, not only because of his slow growth but because we know of someone like Liam who started the hormones and was able to sit within a year of starting them.

I asked the Dr about trying them on Liam but she was very hesitant to think that he would need or benefit from them.

I honestly don't expect anything to be wrong with his labs. But it will be nice to have one more thing checked off on the 'to do' list.

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