Archive for August, 2011

Growth Hormone Deficiency

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by by

Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) is generally due to the pituitary gland being unable to produce sufficient GH to generate the growth process. GHD does not affect intrauterine growth, at least to an extent measurable by birth weight or length, but from the second year of life growth is slower than normal, and occasionally growth failure commences from birth. Most cases of growth hormone deficiency are idiopathic, meaning of unknown origin. Idiopathic growth hormone deficiency occurs, it seems, in about 1 in 3800 births.

We met with Haven’s Endocrine doctor on June 20th and discussed Haven’s need for growth hormone.  She has stayed in the 5th percentile since Hi CY. We decided we would check the levels and see where she is.  We received an email that Haven is at a level 71.  A normal IGF-1 level would be around 250 or so – with a very low at an 88.  Normally, a child grows about 2 inches per year. A child with growth hormone deficiency usually has a growth pattern of less than 2 inches per year. In many cases, the child grows normally until he or she is about 2 or 3 years old; then, signs of growth delay begin to show.  We were told that Haven will need to grow 2 inches by December in order to not be put on the GH treatment.

Haven may have to do a stimulation test before treatment.  What is this?

  • GH stimulation tests help to diagnose GH deficiency and hypopituitarism. For a stimulation test, a sample of blood is drawn after 10-12 hours of fasting. Then, under close medical supervision, a person is given an intravenous solution of insulin or arginine. Blood samples are then drawn at timed intervals, and GH levels are tested in each to see if the pituitary gland was stimulated by the insulin (or arginine) to produce expected levels of GH. Other GH stimulants include clonidine and glucagon.

Treatment? (more…)



Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by by

“Bob, that’s enough with the whining.”

“But please, Mom? You’re being the meanest mom in the whole wide world!”

“You’re behaving like a little bratty guy.”

“Mom! Don’t call me little!”

Safe and sound (newborn mentioned)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by by

Allison Reine arrived yesterday evening, August 27th, at 5:39 pm.  She weighed 7lbs4oz and is 21 inches long.

There were a couple scary moments right at the end of delivery (including her being born with the cord around her neck twice!), but she is here safe and sound, healthy and beautiful.

She doesn’t have red hair, but she does look just like her sister – as have all Cora’s rainbow siblings!

A back to school project

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by by

Yesterday, the big kids had their 4-H awards ceremony, where they got certificates, pins, and ribbons for the project books completed earlier in the year. When I have more than one free hand, I will find the photos and give you all the juicy details. Having a toddler along for the ride magically made two hours of festivities seem like an all-day torture.

Back to the reason for the occupied hand: yesterday evening, the kids came in, clamoring about a kitten lying in the road. I went out and didn’t see anything, and then a little black shape slipped under a fence into someone’s backyard. Alexei wanted me to toss him over the fence so he could get the kitten, and he was rather upset when I told him that A) there was no way on earth I was throwing him into a backyard of people who weren’t home, and B) we’d probably never catch it. End of story.

That would be too easy, right? (more…)



Monday, August 29th, 2011 by by

Well, I don’t really know who I’m introducing, but he or she is the reason for my being so quiet on here. We have all been settling into our new routine with the start of school, but a large part of that has been me settling into the new routine with this little interloper.

Hi, everyone!

What that really has amounted to is a lot of napping, reading, and watching movies while the boys are at school. Why? Well, frankly, because I can, and because this little belly monster is sapping nearly every bit of energy I have – and the remaining bits are going toward housework and laundry and running errands. I think often of sitting down and blogging, but then the couch calls my name, and who am I to ignore it?

Pregnancy isn’t something I was always convinced I’d be doing again. After Danny was born, to be honest, I was so scared and shaken and overwhelmed that a large part of me was fully convinced that there would not be any more children in our house. But then, at the time, I was being warned that Danny could easily be…well…much worse off than he is. And even then, there was a little voice in the back of my head saying I wasn’t quite sure we were done – I just thought I wanted us to be.

3 years later, here we are.

In full honesty, it’s not always easy. There are times I wonder what on earth we’re getting ourselves into. There are times I’m a little bit terrified that something might happen to this little one as well. People talk often of the fear and worry that goes into pregnancy after loss; I don’t think a lot of people talk about the fear and worry that goes into pregnancy after a special needs baby. (more…)

Feeling It Now…….Fear

Monday, August 29th, 2011 by by

I hate that word: fear. I’ve never been one to “fear” anything (other than spiders), but with the divorce finally starting to become real – we’re getting ready to file papers as soon as we can figure out what the Hell most of it means – I’m realizing that I am going to be on my own! All alone!! Not only the money situation scares me; it’s the not having that extra pair of hands or the extra set of eyes to help keep my kids safe. Lo is at that age where she is starting to just bolt, and OMG is it scary!! I was that crazy lady in the pet store parking lot screaming “LOLITA ANN JOLIE!!!! FREEZE! FREEZE!! FREEEEEEEZE!!!” and chasing her around the car. It was not one of my prouder moments. It’s moments like those that make me grateful that I didn’t let Kevin talk me into “just one more.”

I know that, somehow, probably with me working my ass off, everything will be okay. And when I say I work my ass off, I mean it. All day, every day. I’m so glad that we are now back on school time, the kids are asleep at 8 pm! WOOT WOOT!!! You have no idea how much easier that makes things for me. I was letting Lex have “movie nights” and let him stay up later than usual, like 10pm, and then Lo would be up all damn night with night terrors, and then I’d be up early, and well, you know how it goes. So when I think of being alone, it scares me. When I think of supporting three kids on my own, it scares me. When I think of how many spiders I’m going to have to kill myself, it scares the heck outta me. BUT that is just how sure I am that I do not want to be married anymore. I’m willing to do this alone. Kinda sad actually, if you think about it. Poor Kevin. He’s really not that bad. It’s just, well……ok, maybe he is. LOL!! I kid, I kid!! Let’s just say that his humor has saved him many times.

I look forward to the end of this chapter and the beginning of the new one, because frankly, I’m kinda sick of talking about “the divorce,” being a “single mom AGAIN,” and so on. I want to get back to life, blogging more and finally setting up my damn clothes line that’s been sitting in my mudroom for weeks! Maybe tomorrow I’ll post pictures, something fun. ;)

Smacksy Sunday Links

Sunday, August 28th, 2011 by by

This is super cool.

Another thing that is cool – you can also click to pan and zoom.

Kristen Howerton reads her beautiful piece, The Trauma of Sports, from Listen T0 Your Mother LA.

Happy Sunday.


Ride ‘em Cowboy!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 by by

We came across an old mechanical horse the other day when we stopped for some delicious dinner at Larry’s Giant Subs. The old fella had seen better days and was a bit of a clunker, but I knew there was no way we were getting by that thing without letting Haeden have a ride. Not that I’d want to, really. These things have a little place in my heart, so I was really just as delighted as he was to come upon it.

My dad was a bit of a “picker” when I was a kid. It wasn’t nearly as glamorous as the current reality series would like to make it seem. In fact, I was totally embarrassed when my dad would pull over on the side of the road so that he could pick through someone else’s trash.

But you know what they say… “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” And sometimes that really is true. Thanks to dad’s “hobby,” we ended up with our very own mechanical horse, and a video arcade game to boot! He taught my sister and I how to turn it on without feeding it quarters and it resulted in lots and lots of fun. Oh, and you better believe I still charged the neighborhood kids to ride that bad boy! That is, until I got caught anyway.

Are you the type of blogger…?

Friday, August 26th, 2011 by by

Are you the type of blogger, who when you have something exciting to post about but can’t share the news yet, you just don’t blog?

I’m totally that type of blogger.

I’ve been sitting on some news for a few weeks now, but I was waiting to share it here until I announced it everywhere… I made that announcement today via Facebook (after actually telling certain family members first lo, so I can now share the news here too!


I’m having a baby!!

You might remember that, not too long ago, I talked about how I was so done, and so done with people telling me I needed to have another. Well, obviously that didn’t quite work out. lol After the initial “Oh ****!” reaction, and once the news sunk in with John, we decided to be happy and excited about the news. Really, I mean, unless I just want to be angry the next several months, there’s nothing else to do. lol

I’m feeling pretty so-so right now physically. I don’t have constant all day, everyday morning sickness like I did with Belly and Zach, but I do have all day nausea that doesn’t take much prodding to have me puking up my guts. I’m also beyond drained physically by the end of the day. Add in the always fun heartburn, constipation, and emotional mood swings of the deranged, and you get a pretty good picture of me right now.

We haven’t told the kids yet, we’re still working out how. But all of our family and friends seem to be really happy for us (for once).

Oh and I guess I should add that I’m due March 23rd.

I Did Not Expect This

Friday, August 26th, 2011 by by

Well, it’s actually coming. I knew the day was approaching, but until today – Meet the Teacher Day – it hadn’t sunk in fully. I have been very excited for Troy to start school. I cannot wait to see what he learns, how he does, who he becomes friends with… I, of course, am a little nervous for him, because he’s had lots of anxiety in the past. He seems to be past this, but I just don’t know what to expect come Wednesday. Yes, I know he’ll be fine. Yes, I know there are other kids that may be scared or nervous and yes, I know kindergarten teachers expect this and know how to handle this. BUT, he’s my kid and I can be a freak about it if I want.

What I did not expect was to be the one not able to sleep, feeling anxious about it all and the littlest of details. I mean, really? I laid in bed last night worrying about if he’ll know how to deal with buying lunch (of course he will, yet I worried). I didn’t expect to be concerned about what happens if he doesn’t like the lunch. Should I pack him something just in case? I didn’t expect to be concerned about the pick up and drop off. Yes, this stuff, the littlest of details, is what is causing me anxiety and butterflies in MY stomach! Most parents say they are worried about the big things – will their child make friends, will they behave, will they learn and develop – and here I am worrying about lunch??? Yes, I will gladly admit that I am a total freak and didn’t expect this at all. However, when I texted the husband about being nervous, his reply was, “So business as usual, huh?” Maybe I should have expected it after all.