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doctor: problem with abbey’s thyroid

Before you panic, like we did when the nurse told me something was “abnormal” with Abbey’s newborn blood test, Abbey is okay and she will be okay.

Her mom and dad are a little frazzled and flustered – but Abbey is doing fine.

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We had to go into the doctor’s office unexpectedly this afternoon.

The doctors informed us that when Abbey’s blood was screened at the hospital, the test showed an abnormally large amount of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

According to the doctor, TSH is a hormone released by the brain that tells the thyroid gland to produce hormones.  When these hormones are produced they play a vital role in human development – physically and mentally.

Because Abbey’s blood test indicated high level of TSH, that tells us that her brain is trying to get her thyroid to work properly, but doing so unsuccessfully.

High TSH = Low Thyroid hormone = Potentially Serious Danger, if left untreated.

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Abbey is being treated.  Abbey will be okay.

Abbey will have all of the thyroid hormone she needs to develop properly – we are currently giving her medicine that ensures this to be the case.

Left untreated (which is decidedly not the case with Abbey), a thyroid problem like this would result in developmental delays, small stature, learning disabilities, even mental retardation.

None of these will apply to Abbey, because she was diagnosed very early and is getting the medicine she needs.

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In order to reassure us, the doctor is sending us to Memphis on Monday or Tuesday to meet with a pediatric endocrinologist.

When our doctor spoke to the endocrinologist, she asked the specialist to confirm that Abbey’s prognosis (fancy word for ‘medical future’) is good.

The endocrinologist reassured us that Abbey’s prognosis is excellent and that one of his patients, who was diagnosed at the same age as Abbey, was the valedictorian of her class and is currently enrolled at M.I.T.

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Summary: Abbey is fine, there will be no long term consequences from her thyroid hormone deficiency.

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It feels right to end this post with a couple of photos from our day at the doctor:

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Ever think you would see a 7 day old eating synthetic-hormone-laced applesauce off of a spoon?

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  1. February 26, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Praise the Lord for a good prognosis…and for calm parents. Thank you for modeling hope in our good God!

    Your little girl is beautiful.

    Love,
    Sarah

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