We got the lab results for Abbie’s hormone tests late last week. As expected her cortisol levels were very high in each of the four samples we took (four different times of the day). Dr. Tennant wrote that there’s not much we can do about this until “the injury heals”. The initial let-down in my quest for a “quick-fix” booster was quickly counteracted by a re-reading of his message. Until the injury heals…we are now approaching her care with that end point in mind…a healing of the injury! There is also an issue with her TSH being very high, yet her having normal thyroid levels. Apparently, this can indicate a problem with iodine loading, so we’ll also be testing that soon. Abbie’s DHEA levels were very low, and this hormone is especially needed when cortisol levels are high. In doing research I’ve found all sources recommend that DHEA supplements not be given to children, but then I found this revealing summary on MedlinePlus,
Children (younger than 18 years):
The dosing and safety of DHEA are not well studied in children. In theory, DHEA could interfere with normal hormone balance and growth in children
So, if the biggest theoretical concern is that DHEA supplementation could interfere with normal hormone balance, then this certainly doesn’t apply to Miss Abbie who is nowhere close to normal right now. We’re getting pretty used to researching things “not well studied” and I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with a prudent approach for this as well.
I am actually running out the door right now to go see my friends Remle and Jim — please pray for them! The whole story is at www.pray4jim.blogspot.com . Jim is fighting colon cancer, and after surgery last week found out he is stage 4. At times like this I plead with God to use every ounce of what He’s taught us over these past few years to help me minister to others finding their way in the dark.