As a mother, it's so rewarding (albeit a little sad) to watch your child grow. . .mentally, emotionally and physically. As much as you want them to stay little. . .you want them to grow into the person they are to become. It's tough when you don't see much physical growth. Over the past 9 years, we have celebrated every ounce that Olivia has ever gained. I even threw her a 32 lb party years ago because I didn't think we would ever get past 31 lbs. But, I always knew there was a problem. She has never been a good eater, but even when she eats well. . .she still doesn't gain. She's always been below the growth chart or around the 1-3 percentile. Sometimes I would find myself strongly "willing" her to gain weight!! Praying! Please. . .just gain one more pound so that I don't worry when she gets sick and loses 2 lbs. It's like trying to get to the top of a hill and no matter how hard we try. . .we cannot make it to the top.
At her nine year check up, her doctor became concerned. Olivia did a bone age study last week and the results weren't good. It showed her final height to be 4 ft 10 inches tall at most. Most likely she has a growth hormone deficiency. She is being referred to a pediatric endocrinologist. If it is a growth horomone deficiency, she would need daily growth hormone injections. Olivia is someone with multiple sensory issues. Cutting her nails and hair is still very difficult for her. I can't imagine daily injections. Growth hormone deficiencies don't just affect growth. . .they affect lipids (Olivia has high cholesterol) cardiac issues, blood sugar, etc.
So, I ask you, as you have for the past 9 years, to hold Olivia close to your heart. Please pray for her continued growth in all areas of her life.
I'll leave you with my favorite Olivia-ism. She wants to be a preschool teacher when she grows up. She talks all of the time about the wonderful ideas that she has and she would be an AMAZING teacher! I talked with her about having her growth tested and not gaining like she should. She replied:
God must have known I wanted to be a preschool teacher. You don't have to be very big to do that.
She may not be big in size, but she's big in wisdom!
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