Back in May, I shared with you that we were embarking on a new journey. A journey into growth hormone therapy for Jack, as he had been diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. You can read more about growth hormone deficiency, our thought process as we made a decision, and also, the start-up steps for growth hormone therapy here.
It’s already been 4 months since that post, which means we’ve completed round 1. We had a follow-up with Dr. J last week Friday and in that four months, Jack has grown 1.25 inches, which is more growth than we’ve seen from him, in, well, I think ever. When we started the growth hormone, he was in the 6th percentile for height. He’s now moved up to the 10th percentile. I can tell he’s grown, if only because his shorts and pants are a little shorter than they were before. Most of his friends have also grown, so I don’t see the growth when he stands next to him. For sure, the change is slow, and we’ll likely see more of a plateau at our next follow-up, but there is change and we are very thankful for that.
Jdaddy and I started out giving Jack his injections. After a couple of weeks, Jack wanted to do it himself, so he did. I think he was a little bit nervous about it, because he dropped the pen a couple of times, bending and requiring a new needle to be used. After that happened a few times, he decided it would be better to have either Jdaddy or me give him his injection. That has worked well and it’s become part of our bedtime routine.
As far as the injection goes, Jack claims it doesn’t hurt at all. There have been a few occasions where he has said that he doesn’t want to do the injections anymore, but that really just boils down to him being tired or frustrated because he has to stop what he’s doing to get the shot. The next day, he’s usually back on board, reminding us that he needs his shot.
Round 1 down…many more to go!