Monday, May 9, 2011

Deductibles and a New Specialist

Well, this year we made it all the way until April before we met our health insurance deductible.  That is a great improvement over last year when we hit it before the end of February!

We were fortunate to have a healthy winter (i.e. no hospital stays).  But new orthotics, a trip to the ER for a  busted open chin and 6 stitches (Charlie), and new glasses have helped put us over the top.

Medical expenses have become the norm the past couple of years.  I am just thankful that God has provided my husband with a good job that has pretty great benefits.

So, now we are adding a new specialist to our repertoire -- Pediatric Endocrinologist.  Anna's 3-yr. bloodwork showed increased levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) indicating Hypothyroidism, a condition common in individuals with Down syndrome.  The increased levels and Anna's heft (35 inches, 34 lbs - she's a beast and completely off the Ds growth charts!) prompted our pediatrician to refer us to an endocrinologist to determine if meds and/or diet modification are needed. -- Blech!

But, I will save my complaints because I know that in the big picture, this is such a non-issue.  Because today I just read two blogs that made my heart soar and have me singing praises to God!

You may remember Sweet Ella Grace and Emily (on right sidebar)?  I am so happy to report that Emily has finished her final round of chemo! We are praying that it is her final round Ever!  And Sweet Ella - it was just about 1-yr ago that she was first diagnose with leukemia. She finished her chemo in December and has been in remission since!!

So, in comparison to leukemia and chemotherapy and having your child's life at stake, I will gladly (ok- not gladly, but quietly without complaint) deal with glasses and hypothyroidism.  Someone please remind me of this when I am grumbling about having to take Anna to the Eye Dr., yet again, to have her glasses repaired. =)


  1. We are heading to the endo this week for Alayna to be evaluated too.

  2. Thank you for always praying for and thinking of little Emily! I wonder how many kiddos with DS get hypothyroidism, it seems like I have been seeing it a lot on people's blogs lately. Good luck with the glasses, I can barely keep my own in one piece and I'm an adult :-)