Lawson had his growth hormone stimulation test on May 22. They shortened the test to 3 hrs because of his age (and the challenge of keeping a 2 yr old still for 4-5 hrs). As soon as we arrived, they started an IV. I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned it but Lawson has really bad veins. A LOT of scar tissue from all the sticks and IV's in the NICU. It took 3 people a while to get the IV in his hand. He was so good. Cried big alligator tears but calmed down quickly and didn't try to pull it out. After drawing the first set of labs, it began to go bad. They were able to get 1 cc of blood from it 20 minutes later and then had to remove it. We played with cars, colored and watched Elmo for the next hour before they had to draw more labs. They had to stick him one more time (in the top of the foot) for the last lab. Lawson began to sob hysterically when he saw the needle. It took all of my strength to hold him in my lap. It broke my heart. It was finally over. All-in-all, he did really well. He was asleep in the car before leaving the parking deck. He took a 4 hr nap that day. We are so glad that the test is behind us.
We got the results back from Lawson's growth hormone stimulation test on May 28. It looks like he isn't COMPLETELY deficient...meaning that he does make some growth hormone...just not quite enough. Which means that he will only need the growth hormone through puberty (until he is 17 yrs.old). Not through his adult life. He will start the growth hormone shots within a month.
Thanks to everyone that had us in your thoughts and prayers through this test. It sure did help us through the day:).