If your child is having growth issues, it can take a long time to get to this test...and so for us, it was a major milestone, that we knew would lead to her diagnosis.
My little sweet petunia failed the test quite impressively, proving to ALL that she is Growth Hormone Deficient, and has Pituitary Dwarfism.
The two tests they ran came back in the 2 and 4 range with an average of 3.
A score of 10 or under can prove you need the $2,000-$3,000/month growth hormone shots. A low level like Mimi's shows that she really isn't creating much growth hormone at all, and the lack of GH she makes can have a significant impact on her entire body.
Is this just about being small? No, sadly no. And I love munchkins, gnomes...gnome houses. Small things, probably more than the average person. Her lack of GH is impacting her hair. teeth. throat. ear canals. her heart size. muscle size. organ size. energy level. etc.
So the question in the followup room was, How are her other pituitary hormones functioning?
Poor Mimi...She was sent right out the door of the office and across the street to the medical center lab for another blood draw. but this time just one. And yes, she screamed from the minute he said go, all the way to the car, in the car, across the street, out of the car, walking into the lab, during the blood draw, and then, stopped when she got her sticker. (here is the save the day sticker. she attached it to my bedroom wall. and I let her keep it there. LOL)
For all the research I've done from week 20 of my pregnancy until last week, I still could not have prepared myself. I am sad she needs shots for the next 10 years, or maybe even every day for life. I love her and I don't want her to go through all this.
I know I did absolutely all I could to find out for her what was going on. I prided myself in realizing that few kids Mimi's age get this test done (maybe 12 a year in children that young per institution...usually it's later in their childhood, say ages 8-12.) I also knew what to ask at the followup. What about her other levels? What about her eating so much? Yes, her development is right on, but she does tire out and need food, a lot. And when is the MRI?
I am proud that I joined the MAGIC Foundation a year ago, drove 1500 miles to attend the conference. Met with amazing endocrine doctors in the USA and asked their opinion.
I just have to get used to the new normal, and brace myself for a shelf fridge of medical items and a needle dispenser. I want to make the best of all the appointments that are in our future, and make those days as comfortable and happy as possible.