Friday, June 16, 2006

Weighing In

Clayton had a checkup with the GI doctor today. He weighed a little over thirty pounds and was 32 inches long. He went from being in the 5oth percentile for weight at his last visit to being in the 95th percentile now! BIG jump! And get this--he's still not on the chart for length! He is still below the 0th percentile in that area. I can thank the Smiths for that. So anyway, Dr. Vonlanthen started calculating to put him on a diet and then she realized that for his age, he is already on a diet. Since his caloric intake has not been increased in over a year, he is getting 20% less than what a normal child his age would be getting and his weight still shot up significantly. She decided to have lab drawn to check his thyroid, because with that few amount of calories, he shouldn't have gained so much weight so fast. She said that with his brain bleeds, his pituitary gland could have well been damaged. And although I wasn't looking forward to the bloodwork being drawn, I think checking his thyroid is a great idea because of his excessive sweating. He just pours sweat when he sleeps. Maybe there is a connection. In the meantime, she did decrease his intake a small amount--she said she wouldn't decrease it anymore because his protein levels and electrolyte levels would start suffering.

We left the doctor's office and went straight to the hospital to get the blood drawn. You should have seen that room when we left! It looked like a wild man had been in there--Clayton is definitely a fighter!!!! One of the lab assistants left because he was "making her nervous" and she "felt faint." I told her she wouldn't last long at our house, because when he's mad, he throws a fit!!!! Honestly, I think she might need to look for a new profession if she was so nervous she had to leave.

We go back in a month for a checkup--hopefully we'll get some answers.

7 comments:

Cassandra said...

So Clayton let the lab techs know he was there, 'eh? Ha! Little man likes to announce his presence with authority!!!! I hope they figure out what is going on with him-- I continue to keep him in my prayers. I love this picture you have up!!!!

~Denise aka NYNative said...

aw poor Clayton!!! and poor mommy! I hope they figure it all out!

shelly said...

man hes cute!! maia sends big hugs to clayton!

KKstock said...

Clayton's picture is so adorable Ashley. I hope all stays well. ((hugs)) to you and Clayton.

Nancyroo said...

I hope everything works out...I was thinking the weight was a good thing til I read the rest of your post :(

kimca01 said...

I wouldn't be too worried as I'd say Morgan was getting close to that weight and he's only 9 months! LMAO He'll hit 30 by a year for sure. He's 31 inches. It's so cute that they are the same size!

Kirsty said...

Love the picture of Clayton. Hope they figure everything out.((((HUGS))))