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My name is Mark Bloch and I am not very tall. At 5’8 no one would consider me for a career in basketball. However there is some height in my family with my brother who is 6 feet tall and uncles who are taller. So my wife and I had hope that our children wouldn’t be vertically challenged. However this wasn’t to be, our son was diagnosed at the age of 7 and put on human growth hormone at age 9, while our daughter was growth hormone deficient and started her growth hormone at age 5. While it wasn’t a diagnosis we had ever hoped for, it also wasn’t devastating news. We knew there was something we could do to help our children grow and we were determined to see it through, in order to give our kids the chance to reach their full growth potential.
The first few years were spent mixing the HGH powder in the vials and giving both kids their injections manually. That all changed however when we were introduced to the easypod®. An easypod® is a device that allows the user (our son) to give themself their own injections. The easypod® is about the size of an Apple® iPod® and you simply insert a vial of HGH and a needle injector and place the device against your skin, the easypod® does the rest. It gently inserts the needle into the skin and then injects the preset dose of medicine into the user. The easypod® is very easy to use, and comes with many comfort settings including the speed the needle is injected into the skin, the depth the needle will penetrate and how fast the medicine is pumped into the body. The easypod® is also customizable to each user, my son was able to set the home screen picture, sounds and greetings. In addition the premixed medicine vials that are used by the easypod® contain enough doses to last up to ten days, which means less to worry about.
The act of giving my kids their manual injections 6 days a week, mixing the vials and getting them to sit still and not be afraid of the “scary” needle was taxing to me and my wife. But the easypod® made it cool. My kids were able to take control of the situation, which made the process infinitely easier to deal with. It almost became a fun time. Taking control of giving themselves their daily shot took away the fear and boosted their confidence and pride. Now they show their friends how easy it is to get their daily injections. My son is now 16 he took HGH 6 days a week for 7 years. He has completed his HGH treatments, but I firmly believe that he would have given up on the process had it not been for the easypod®. This was the greatest gift we could have given him, one that will last him his entire life.