Tuesday, August 10, 2010

She Passed!

The endocrinologist just called with the good news. Alyssa does not have a growth hormone deficiency.

He was encouraged by her height measurement that was done the morning of the test but is somewhat doubtful that the medical assistant who took the stat was "obsessive" enough to ensure it's complete accuracy. (Evidently anyone outside of an endocrine clinic is not sufficiently qualified to take height measurements.)

Her growth that was "unimpressive" back in April has since been "moving at a good clip." (As long as that height measurement was accurate, the doctor would add. A big "if", he would also add.) Who knew doctors could be so egotistical about height measurements?

What does this mean? He says it probably means that her "clock is wound back." Where most girls will cap off growth at 14 years of age, it may take Alyssa until 16.

He wants us to repeat the bone age test (just a hand x-ray) around her birthday and take a height measurement (done only by his staff, of course) to track her growth. He'll also attempt to give us a height prediction at that time.

How does our tiny, perfectly healthy, little girl feel about this news? She's beaming!

13 comments:

Lucy said...

Great news!

Chad said...

Woohoo! Way to go Lys!! I knew it!

Mom said...

Wonderful! Truly an answer to prayer.

Erin said...

Good to hear! Although I find the docs doubt of accurate height measurement funny, I would have to agree. I have watched them take a completely false measurement of Anna before. So, it's probably good he's insisting his apparently highly trained height measurement takers do it.

Camille said...

Great News!! Hooray!

Emily said...

yay! that is great news :)

Sarah said...

Yipee! That's awesome!

Sara said...

I'm so glad all is well. Alyssa is a perfectly healthy tiny person! Nothing wrong with that!!!

Jenny said...

I bet that is such a relief for your family. Yay!

Amy Jones said...

Oh, Tara...I just read the "test" post and nearly cried. My heart ached for you...it's so hard to watch our little ones go through such tough, grown-up stuff. She's such a champion! I'm SO glad things turned out so well.

Craythorn Family said...

I am so glad to hear Alyssa is okay. What a trooper to go through all the tests. See...she will eventually catch up. That is what I have found with my tiny kids.

Melissa said...

I'm so glad that everything is okay. It sounds like she had quite the day having the tests; what a tough little girl!

Michelle said...

that's wonderful news!!!! I bet they'll predict she'll be 5'1" as an adult. And, FYI, I grew until I was 20 years old. :)