Waiting is the hardest part
Last week I took my daughter to the pediatrician for her 6 year checkup. She was actually excited about this appointment because she knew there were no shots on the horizon. She was all caught up on her immunizations and in her mind nothing was better than knowing she was done with those for now.
At that moment she turned to her computer to enter in a few numbers the nurse had recorded and noticed something unusual in her growth chart. While her weight gain was average and right where it needs to be, her height raised some concerns. She pulled up the growth graphs that indicated she was not growing taller and hadn't been for some time. She probed me with more questions. Constipation? Changes in her hair? Sensitivity to cold?
Well, yes. She does exhibit those things.
Congratulations, Mom. You need to head to the lab for some blood work. I'm ordering a thyroid test and a growth test.
There I stood at 4:15 on a Friday afternoon with all three of my kids anxious to leave the doctor and I learn that my daughter may have hypothyroidism. My mind raced. What does this mean? Is she okay? Do I need to be worried? What can I do?
Of course there is nothing I can do right now.Continued on the next page