Quick Update

Thursday, April 16, 2009 8 Comments A+ a-

I just wanted to give you all a brief update on Hudson's situation.

Dr. Susie's nurse called me yesterday to tell me that after Dr. Susie had plotted his new weight and compared growth charts, it appears that Hudson IS back on his growth curve. Praise the Lord!! However, with that said, Dr. Susie would still like us to see the pediatric endocrinologist to quote "see if Hudson needs growth hormones or not". This is where it gets sketchy for me...

Jon and I are adament about not using hormones on our two-year-old boy. Please know that I am not judging anyone who has taken that route, but Jon and I are not comfortable with putting those into our still-growing little boy. If God designed Hudson to be small (and he was/is perfectly and wonderfully made), then so be it. I have no doubts that Hudson will make up for stature with his outgoing, larger-than-life personality.

So the question remains, what does our doctor hope to gain by sending Hudson to the specialist? If its just for growth hormones and our decision is already made, then what's the point? If Dr. Susie hopes get answers from other specialized tests, then I'll call and make the appointment myself. Regardless, I am waiting on a return call from Dr. Susie herself to discuss these things. I'll be sure to update with more news as I get it.

And just for fun, I'm ending with a photo that I captured of Hudson and I this morning. I just love those curls of his!

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.

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Paula
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5:08 PM delete

Good to hear and I agree with your stance.

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pedro
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8:29 PM delete

Good for you guys. Way to be an advocate for your kids.

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Christina
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4:11 AM delete

Praise God! So happy to hear this AMAZING news! May God continue to guide you and your family. :-)

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Sarah
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8:16 AM delete

I guess either way you can say "no" to the hormones, but if you're like me, it will be good to hear another doctors take on things. I think you're right, Hudson is just perfect the way he is, and if there's no health issue, why would anyone try to change him!

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Jamie
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5:47 PM delete

Hey Jen... I don't know if you guys would be interested in going this way or not... but my mom is always the big promoter of the "natural" stuff... if you're interested i'm sure she can hook you up! good luck and i totally agree with you about the growth hormones! love you girl

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Melody
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10:48 PM delete

I also agree that Hudson is just way too young to be introducing growth hormones into his system. It's very possible that he's just growing at a slower rate than most. I'm very interested in hearing your doctor's reasoning when he returns your call.

I commend you for standing up for your son's health.

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Christine
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6:27 AM delete

Just catching up with little Hudson. I'm thrilled that he's back on his curve! But I encourage you to go with your gut on the specialist. If he's healthy in activity level and eating habits, then his genetic make-up shouldn't be messed with, in my opinion. My niece was different from Hudson- she was diagnosed with failure to thrive. She didn't eat, and began looking sickly- hair, skin, etc. She's now back on track. I tell you this to show that you as a mom would "know" if something were really wrong other than just your little guy being a petite little ball of cuteness and "boy"ness. I'll be praying!

:)

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Anonymous
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3:47 PM delete

I shadowed a pediatric endocrinologist at the beginning of my first year of med school, and the vast majority of the patients we saw were not on growth hormones (there were a couple who had had cancer as babies and the chemo caused them to stop growing). It sounds like Hudson is just genetically small, but I would still take him to the endo just to make sure...sometimes the body secretes too much or not enough of certain hormones, sometimes there is an abnormality in the brain (problem with the pituitary gland for example), affecting growth. The PE can also probably let you know if anything is lacking in Hudson's diet or if he needs any supplements.
Amy

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