Follow up

Although we made it to the zoo on Wednesday, we did not make it to the cherry blossoms. Peter woke up in the middle of the night screaming that his “knee” hurt. The following morning, he woke up again with the same complaint, except when questioned he said “ear” not “knee.” I was able to get him an appointment at 2 pm, and sure enough he had a double ear infection.

Maybe we’ll try for Sunday via the metro.

Last week, I took Billy to the pediatric endocrinologist at Walter Reed. This is a follow up from nearly two years ago. Same doctor. At the beginning of the appointment, she said, “So, you’re concerned about his growth?” I said, “No, actually, I’m not.” And then she remembered me.

I had taken Billy last month for a routine sports physical, and the pediatrician had ordered a follow up on blood work and a bone scan. This was great, because the endocrinologist had all that info already. Everything looked fine (the pediatrician had told me he would only call if there was a problem). Interestingly, the bone scan indicated that Billy’s bone growth was of that of a 6 year old. That, actually, is a great thing.

As a 9 year old, he is under the 5th percentile for height. They would predict that he would be a very short man.

As a 6 year old, he is in the 95th percentile of height. They would predict that he would be a very tall man.

Her conclusion? He might end up 5′ tall…or he might end up well over 6′ tall. In reality, he will likely be average height just like his dad, which is what we had been saying all along.

She said he is likely just a “late bloomer” and said that unless any other dramatic changes in his growth occur (he fails to grow at the expected pre-puberty average rate) she would not need to see him again unless he failed to reach puberty by the “late bloomer” latest of 14 years. Can you say woohoo?

When this kid towers over me, I will laugh and laugh.

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