Thursday, April 14, 2011

Abby's test result... scared mommy...

For those who read my last blog, remember me mentioning Abigail having test done? Well today I received the results via phone call on the way home from work. It's one of those moments when you just know they are about to tell you something you don't want to hear. You have that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach and you want to puke. Not my favorite way to feel!
So just a review on what results were from..
Abigail has been showing signs of starting puberty. I started noticing them at age of 7. She turned 8 March 12th, and during her well check up, doctor recommended we have some test done to make sure everything is normal. In 19 months she gained a little over 20lbs, and only grew 13/4 inch. This of course would be natural for a lazy child who over eats, snacks unhealthy, and drinks soda. NONE of which Abby falls under. She is a very active child, drinks water 99% of the time, eats lot of fruits and veggies, and I keep 100 calorie snacks for our guilty pleasures. Doc worded it like this, "When you are doing right on the outside, and are still 'gaining' weight, that means something isn't working on the inside" that along with the signs and symptoms of puberty led them to recommend 12 tests to be done on her blood/urine. They drew out 6 tubes of blood, and she had to pee in a container for 24 hrs and then bring back. She also had an x-ray done to determine her bone age.

RESULTS were told to me like this. Most of her blood work came back normal, except 2 abnormalities. 1 test (fh something or another) was a little low, and another (dh something) was a little high. Her bone age came back as 10 yrs old. Her being just turned 8, this is not normal.
So they have referred us to an (i know I am spelling this wrong) Endocrinologist. From what I have googled, they specialize in growth and development, diabetes, thyroid issues, and so forth.

Of course, after scaring me to death, they proceed to tell me she might not get seen until June! I have to wait till JUNE to find out the reality of what could possibly be wrong. In my heart I don't feel like it is something horribly wrong. If you know what I mean. I have a feeling it is just precocious (sp??) puberty, and her hormone levels are off and might need to be tweaked a little. Or something along those lines.
It is just SO scary to think of the chance that there may be something wrong with your child. You know? The mention of diabetes ad thyroid make my stomach hurt.
So please PLEASE keep me and her in your thoughts and prayers. Pray nothing is seriously wrong, and if something is wrong, it is CURABLE or EASILY FIXABLE!!!
Thanks in advance! Will keep you all posted on any news.


  1. oh no!!!! SO scary and SO ridiculous that they make you wait so LONG!!!!!! Totally unfair. And super scary that you are dealing with this :( praying!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. I'd ask to be put on a waiting list for openings or call ever single day and ask if there is a cancellation. I'll be thinking about you and your entire family.

  3. Thank you both so much! I did request to be contacted if any cancellations were made!! I can't imagine waiting 2 months! The lady told me once they recieve Abby's file and the doctore looks it over, they will fit me in sooner according to the serverness. SO I guess if they wait till June to see her, that could be a good sign!

  4. Megan - I've actually seen an Endocrinologist for thyroid/weight issues recently.  They are very knowledgeable in what they know (endocrine and adrenal systems).  That is their specialty, don't be alarmed if they want to run even more tests.  I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) in 2008 and was put on Synthroid. Honestly, I haven't felt any better (but that's just me) in fact, in February I hadn't taken Synthroid in 3weeks and my blood test came back within "normal range".  Just be sure Abby tells them EXACTLY how she's feeling.  Not every one can be treated with "textbook" numbers, you know what I mean?  All that time I took the Synthroid I still felt lethargic, still kept gaining weight and couldn't lose it.  If they are testing her thyroid they should be looking at three numbers T3, T4 and TSH.  Most regular physicians ONLY look at the TSH and base the medicine dose from that, but your thyroid is more complex than using 1 reading for judgment.  Your thyroid is very important, it controls metabolism, skin, nails, hair, mood...the list goes on. I took it upon myself to stop taking the Synthroid since it wasn't helping me.  I know you should always consult a physician before starting/stopping medicine but I was tired of playing the guessing game and taking medicine that wasn't doing any good.  If it is a thyroid issue, she will probably be put on medicine to take every single day for the rest of her life.  I've heard some people eventually have their thyroids removed but when and why that's done I'm not sure. 
    I even quit taking birth control in December A. for money saving reasons, B. if doctor's don't want women going through menopause to take hormone replacement therapy since it poses a higher risk of cancer - - hello - - birth control IS hormone replacement therapy. I realize birth control helps a lot of women with irregular periods and other symptoms of life but the more you think about it, it doesn't make sense to subject your body to synthetic hormone's.  ESPECIALLY if you already have high levels of estrogen - - feeding your body more can throw you off.  Plus consider all of the hormone's and steroids we get in our foods.  I'm currently ONLY taking Paxil - since my grandmother passed in February.  I HONESTLY feel better, really I do.  I feel more in-tune with my body, I know that sounds weird.  It's taken me a long time to actually pay attention to things but I think I've got it.  I've also done a 3hr glucose test (to test for PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome) and a 24hr urine cortisol test twice to test for Cushing's disease, both of which came back negative. I'm sure Abby will be fine, she'll be in good hands.  I hope this didn't scare you, I just wanted to let you know my experience.