If I'm understanding it all correctly, it's not so much that Alyssa is tiny (which in and of itself is odd because neither of her parents could be described as such) but that she's actually gotten tinier when compared with others her age.
When we took Alyssa in for her well child check back in November, her pediatrician was concerned that she had fallen off her growth curve. A bone age test proved deviant enough to warrant a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist. She was subjected to extensive blood work which came back mostly clear. Then we waited four months before doing a remeasurement of her stats.
Evidently, 48 inches and 50 lbs. for a nine-year old is not big enough. And the growth from her last appointment was "unimpressive."
So unimpressive, in fact, that the doctor recommends performing a growth hormone stimulation test. It's a test that involves spending a morning in the hospital with an IV, a couple of medications and multiple blood draws.
All of that because she's short? Is short such a bad thing? I'm OK with her stature and so is she. But I'm not sure I'm OK with daily injections just to make her taller. Or is it more than that? Are there other possible complications involved?
I was full of questions but the doctor didn't want us "getting ahead of ourselves." This test would just be the next step to finding out more. He explained that the worst case scenario would be a brain tumor (I'm not at all worried about that one) but at the very least her stature could have social stigmas such as not being able to drive a car or finding clothes that fit. Are you kidding me? Too short to drive? That seems like an altogether too dramatic prediction to me.
So what do I do? Do I put my baby girl through this lengthy, uncomfortable and likely expensive test? Is this doctor just being overly precautious or am I just a mom in denial?
This Alyssa and her dear friend, Abigail, who is 14 months younger.
Some kids are tall, some are short. Alyssa just happens to be short. And good things come in small packages, right?
What would you do?
What would you do?