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#1 Old 11-06-2003, 08:55 PM
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My god daughter Autumn (pictured with me) just saw a specialist for evaluation about her growth. It will be about 2 weeks before her mom finds out more; the doctor said there were several pituitary problems that might be occurring, ranging from pretty-easy-to-treat to very serious.



Anyone had experience with growth disorders?
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#2 Old 11-07-2003, 06:44 AM
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I don't have any experience, but good luck-she's such a cutie.
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I've heard that too much soy could lead to growth problems, but I haven't got a source to back it up now.
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#4 Old 11-07-2003, 03:11 PM
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I've heard that too much soy could lead to growth problems, but I haven't got a source to back it up now.



I've heard some vague negative info about soy, too, but her family are omnivores so I wouldn't think that would apply to them ... although I'm often amazed at just how many foods contain soy!



They ordered blood tests on her, and she will have an MRI. We are all anxious to find out more details.
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Is that you and her in your avatar? How old is she?



I hope she's ok!
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Is that you and her in your avatar? How old is she?



I hope she's ok!



Thanks! Yes, that's Autumn in my current avatar. She just turned 3 a few months ago, but that picture is about 5 months old.



Autumn never seemed unreasonably small to any of us. Her mother and grandmother are both just over five feet, so they're just a smaller family. Actually her older brother is the one whose smaller stature caused some comment and concern among us. But their pediatrician said that it was her height/weight ratio that caused the red flag, while her brother's is fine.



Of course I will post whatever we find out.
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Just a little update to tell you that ... I don't have an update. The doctor said she would be in touch with the results in two weeks. That was a week ago Monday. Stephanie called and they said they "weren't through evaluating her tests." So we are waiting.
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Just sending good thoughts your way.
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I hope she's ok!
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#10 Old 11-25-2003, 04:45 PM
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Thanks for all your good wishes.



I will post whenever we finally know more. This is the sweetest, smartest little girl -- still in love with her "princess shoes" that I got her for her birthday, and still prone to wake mom and dad up at 6:30 a.m. with a boisterous, "It's a great day, everybody!" We all feel that we don't mind so much if it's just a growth issue; as long as she can be healthy.
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Good Luck Sunny, she's a little angel! I think the thing with pituitary disorders is that they are very hard to diagnose...But they are on to what is going on with her very early so that's wonderful! Best of luck to both of you...
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I finally have an update! It has been so stressful on Autumn's family that it has taken so long ....



The good news is that there is no evident disease (such as cancer) interfering with her pituitary gland.



I talked with her mom for a long time last night. Evidently, they simply cannot say why the pituitary is not functioning normally; they can only rule out certain things.



In a few months, Autumn will begin taking injections six times a week. These are expected to continue until age 18-20. They estimate that she can reach 4'11" to 5'4" -- which is great! I've mentioned that the women in her family are all just slightly over 5 feet tall ... so really, this puts her in the "normal" range.



Her mom and I did cry a bit, thinking how hard it is going to be for Autumn to adjust to have these shots all the time ... and how she probably won't really ever remember not having to take them. But the news is good, all things considered.
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That is fantastic that she is okay regardless of the fact that she will need injections. I would take injections over a serioius disease any day!



PS... when I first read this I thought it said your DAUGHTER, I missed that she was your god daughter. I was so confused because I didn't think you had any kids... definitely threw me off for a second.
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Lol, Strawberry! No kids of my own, nope!



Thanks to EVERYBODY for your kind thoughts and words .... We are, indeed, very glad that there is no life-threatening illness. It's going to be a long, hard thing -- but it's going to be OK.
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