In a homeschooling house full of 7 kids & 3 guniea pigs....there is never a dull moment! A lot of people show genuine concern for us and want to know how we are doing, as the road we've left behind was not a pleasant one. So, here I am, to tell some of our stories...share some of our days...and open up a part of our world to you! Come join us on our journey so you won't miss the moments that take our breath away!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bittersweet doesn't get better than this!!!

Emu has been on his daily growth hormone shots for almost a month now! 

A few weeks ago, we finally made him his "Growth Board" that I promised him.  Initially, it was going to be just for him, but as it ended up...we are using it to keep track of everyone's growth (we are still debating growth hormone therapy for Duckling).

Our first measurement was on June 23.  Emu was so excited to about making his Growth Chart and he couldn't wait to get his first measurement marked on his board!  He stood so proud, really having no clue the importance of this new piece of wood!

Just 5 days later...we measured him again and to our surprise...he had actually grown in just those 5 days and not just a little either!  Concerned that he may actually be growing too fast...I put a call into his Endocrinologist, but never did get an answer.  A few days later, we found ourselves in the Pediatricians office with our crazy bird Macaw (she has always had a facination with putting things in her ears).  While we were there, I asked the Dr. to measure Emu, as I wasn't too confident in our home measurement.  Amazingly, he had grown a full 2 INCHES since his last visit there!   

Today, just 10 days after we first started measuring him, we decided to have a little fun and see if he had grown again.  He has gained another 1mm since 5 days ago when we first measured him!  He is growing 1mm every 5 days!!  Today, he has reached exactly 3/4 of an inch since we started measuring him!  He has been on his shots for 25 days and at a rate of 1mm every 5 days that equals the 2 inches that he has grown since his Dr. had last seen him. 

1mm every 5 days!!!
WOW!!!!! 2 INCHES in just 25 days.  This little guy had only grown 3/4 of an inch in 2 1/2 years on his own.  Bittersweet doesn't get any better than this!  I am amazed and I now know that I DID make the right decision!  Seeing that this has proven successful for Emu, now, the Peditrician is pushing growth hormone for Duckling as well so we will be heading back to the Endocrinologist for a possible growth hormone study for her (I had previously declined the test for her, as her case was different than Emu's). our house...sometimes it is measured!

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