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It began early on, when our son Adrian, was about 9 months old, that the doctor found it a little bit concerning, that his weight hadn’t changed much from 3 months earlier. Adrian had frequent weigh-ins at his pediatrician after that, and no matter what foods we fed him, including higher calorie and higher fat foods, nothing seemed to make a difference. We were referred to a Doctor of Nutrition for children. I took the advice and suggestions, on how to allow Adrian to feed himself, and when and what to feed him, but all along, I knew that his diet was not the issue. I was not doing anything differently than I had done prior, with my other 2 children, and we were all now eating the same foods as a family, for the most part. We were then sent to see an Endocrinologist, who after doing some tests, finally led us to a diagnosis of Growth Hormone Deficiency.
I knew it! My mother’s instinct was right all along. No matter what Adrian would eat, it wasn’t going to make a difference to his weight or his height. I was often told, that because my husband and I weren’t very tall ourselves, that this may just be natural for him. But I didn’t agree. My other 2 children, were always growing as expected, between the 25-50%, regardless of our heights. Adrian’s height and weight were both on the 3rd% on the growth chart. Adrian has been healthy, happy and just a little shorter than other average kids his age. He is super cute and super-duper smart!
On the same day that Adrian began JK, we were officially told that he had GH deficiency. We were relieved that we finally had a reason, but a little nervous about beginning the daily injections. The staff at Sick Kids helped us decide on the best choice for our needs, and this is when we decided to use the easypod for our son. We were told that giving our son growth hormone, would allow him to reach his genetic height potential in very slow and gradual steps, just like any other child would grow.
The nurse from the Momentum group, visited our home and showed us how to give him his very first injection. We were supplied with all the necessary things to go along with the easypod, including needle tips and alcohol swabs. Initially, our 4 year old cried when it came time to take out the easypod from the refrigerator, but after a few days, it became a routine. Our son has become accustomed to having the injections 6 times a week, and when it is Friday, he is excited to know he has a day off from his “grow medicine”. On occasion, he asks questions about how much longer he will have to take it, and sometimes asks why he needs it. easypod has allowed us to establish daily routine into our family, with the least amount of interruption. It has been just over a year now that we have been using easypod and we are happy to have made this choice to help our son.