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He’s growing up so fast…

October 2, 2014
When we’ve been speaking at churches lately, many of you have asked us about Little M’s health. We’re blessed by how many people care!

Here we wrote about the blood tests he had done a few months ago. When we got those results back, we were surprised to hear they all were normal. Even the hormone marker test that had had an abnormal result in New Zealand came back within normal range this time. We were glad to know that an endocrinology problem is less likely, especially because treatment can be long-term and expensive. I admit that I’d almost convinced myself that he had a hormone issue.

This meant that yet another screening test tentatively ruled out yet another possible health problem. This left all of us wondering what to do next. The doctors have all been a bit stumped that he is developmentally fine other than his size. He’s strong, active, observant, and talkative (not to brag). We asked whether we should see another specialist, but the endocrinologist advised waiting several months and seeing if he gained weight here.

I was skeptical. On one hand, we came back to the U.S. to get this checked out, so we may as well pursue more ideas. On the other hand, she probably had some good reasons for thinking he may have a good chance of growing more in the next few months. We asked if we could get Little M re-checked in two instead of four months, and that was fine with her.  His pediatrician agreed that waiting a little while made sense.

After we’d been back in the U.S. for two months, Little M had another checkup with his pediatrician in preparation for going back to the specialist. In those two months, he gained almost 1” in height and 1.5 pounds. That’s much quicker than he’d been growing in the Solomon Islands.

I was glad to see that, but his pediatrician was thrilled. He also looks a lot healthier overall. While Little M is still very small for his age, the doctor doesn’t think we need to schedule any additional specialist appointments now as long as he keeps growing more quickly.

We don’t know why he’s making this progress. Richer food? Overall improved health? The infections and intestinal bugs have now cleared? Spiritual issues? Cleaner air? Over the chronic cough? Although we don’t know why, we’re thankful for the answered prayers! Hopefully he’ll keep growing on this faster track.

Thank you for caring!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Hornbrook permalink
    October 2, 2014 10:22 am

    Great news that I am sure leaves you a bit bewildered too. Will continue to pray for M’s growth, and for God’s wisdom and direction as you wait upon the Lord. ~Steve

  2. Erin permalink
    October 2, 2014 11:01 am

    Glad to hear things are improving. It reminds me some of what went on with our son. He dropped from 90th percentile to 3rd in the year and a half of our first term. Some of that was natural slimming, but he had started to lose weight as a result of months of repeated infections. It didn’t get better on home assignment (cold and flu season, new church every week, not a big surprise) until we quarantined the kids for two months to stop the cycle. We extended furlough and did a lot of testing for immune issues, which all came back negative. We did get an asthma diagnosis, and since starting daily meds he has improved. He still gets sick ALL THE TIME but it no longer develops into infections or emergencies (we’ve also pursued a more natural/antiinflammatory diet, and we have sought a lot of prayer cover), and he has grown well and looks healthier. So all this just to say, I get how it feels when things are ambiguous, or when things seem to be improving but you’re not sure how to sustain it. And I do hope he continues to thrive. Take care.

  3. October 3, 2014 10:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing the great news!

  4. Willis & June Van Haaften permalink
    October 6, 2014 7:25 am

    Good morning, We rejoice with you and will continue to pray for good health for little M and all of you. Would enjoy hearing you speak, therefore, could you let us know when you’ re speaking in the Pella area? We live in Leighton. Thank you. June & Willis VH

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