Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Sticks

As if Mamush hasn't had enough "owies", we received a letter in the mail from Texas Children's Center stating that Mamush's labs require further testing.  You think?!!?  We only had those labs drawn in November...!  Good thing he is young because if we were in a race to begin growth hormone treatment before puberty, we'd  be in trouble.  So, Mamush now has to undergo a growth hormone stimulation test next month.  After fasting for 12 hours, he will have an IV placed in his arm.  The staff will then draw an initial growth hormone level.  After that, he will receive periodic IVs of arginine and something else (I can't remember.) which is supposed to stimulate the pituitary gland into producing growth hormone.  They draw blood samples over a 6 hour period.  I guess I have to be thankful that Mamush is the one undergoing this test because Maritu would have a fit if she couldn't eat for 18 hours!  She likes her food!  I just hope I don't have to wait another 3 months for those results. 


  1. Poor little guy, that's a lot. Good luck with the testing.

  2. poor kiddo....aI hope you get the results soon!

  3. Hey.. I missed your blog a lot and didn't realize until yesterday that you were public again. It was great to see the kids again. They are gorgeous. Yared saw me looking at the blog and wanted to know if it was him. Funny kid. Hope the tests go well.. it sounds like you have had quite the year.