Monday, October 18, 2010

Yet Another Syndrome

Hadrian had another gynecologist appointment last week. The good news is that all of her bloodwork turned out to be just fine! But, since the Provera did not cause her to start her period, Dr. Ursula wanted to get an ultrasound of Hadrian's ovaries. And, sure enough, the culprit was discovered. Hadrian's ovaries were covered in cysts. Hadrian definitely has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. : (

So, she is now taking a round of Prometrium which is a stronger medicine to jumpstart her period. This diagnosis would also explain the severe acne that Hadrian randomly seemed to develop over the past 6 months. She has been to the dermatologist so that we can try to get her skin cleared up again.

With the antibiotics, acne medicine, and the Prometrium, Hadrian is struggling. She is exhausted. And, this morning, she got up for school, and was greeted with throwing up. She has felt crappy all day. The hormones are definitely giving her some side effects and are causing her to just plain out feel bad. And, still, no period. She will continue swallowing those pills to work on it, though!

Just add the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to her Compartment Syndrome, and Hadrian is now just one big syndrome!! LOL. She has to be the strongest kid I know. She exemplifies the Chinese proverb "get knocked down 7 times, get up 8." She is digging deep to have what it takes to get up one more time!

Hadrian and I went with Haley and Austin to the Georgia National Fair in Perry on Monday. Just walking around the fair caused Hadrian severe leg pain! Her legs were killing her!! It is pretty sad when she is having a harder time than her mother getting around! I hope this is not just a fact of life for her now. : (

If so, it makes me sad to think about what a struggle everyday activities may be for her. I do alot of massaging on her calves at night . . . whatever it takes to get her through this.

My girls and I were recently at a wedding, and Hadrian was very aware of the big scars on her legs. This was the first time I have noticed her truly feeling self conscious about her legs. She said it didn't help that we all mentioned how obvious her scars looked while being in a dress. Sorry, Hadrian!! Those big scars still get to me. But, let me assure you that no scars will ever define you. You are beautiful . . . inside and out, with scars or without, no matter what!!

Hannah and Hadrian

Me and My Three Girls!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Released and Ready to Go!!

Hadrian had a doctor visit with Dr. Cullen this past week. She addressed all of her concerns about the aches and pains she has been experiencing now that she is back playing soccer. Hadrian is having a lot of soreness in her thighs, her calves have numbness which she describes as indescribable, and her ankles sometimes give out.

The good news is that everything she is dealing with is no cause for alarm and is pretty normal. The bad news is that she will just have to deal with her aches and pains . . . indefinitely . . . . and maybe forever. But she is now released by the doctor to "do her thing!" Unless she begins to have issues worse than she is having now, then she doesn't have to see Dr. Cullen again. So, on with life . . . as we know it now. Dr. Cullen is pleased with her progress and feels she is good to go! : )

I think she will now always be a candidate for icing and advil after any type of exercise. And, I hear these words quite frequently . . . "mom, my calves need massaging." ; ) But, whatever it takes to make the baby girl feel good. Lol.

Hadrian will probably die that I am sharing this . . . but she has been experiencing LOTS of fatigue. And, she has not been having periods to the tune of about 8 months now. We have had SO much going on in our lives that I just haven't paid too much attention to this. Dr. Cullen said we needed to get her in to see the gynecologist immediately. I wasn't aware of the seriousness of the situation. Hadrian and I just kind of thought "no periods . . . . no problem!" LOL

Hadrian's oldest sister, Haley, who always has a funny thought about everything, told me that Hadrian will probably be the next case on the Discovery Health tv show "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. NOT!!! I don't even want to go there!! LOL. But, Haley is the same child who pranked me when Hadrian was on spring break and convincingly told me she saw Hadrian on the tv show "Girls Gone Wild." Enough Haley. No mom needs this kind of humor. HA.

Dr. Cullen told us that without regular ovulation, estrogen and progesterone levels remain low. Female athletes with irregular menstrual cycles face a much higher risk of stress fractures and premature osteoporosis. After doing some research, I realize now that irregular periods in young women are the key warning sign for osteoporosis later in life. So, we wasted no time in getting Hadrian to the gynecologist!! She was thrilled beyond belief . . . ; )

So, Hadrian survived the rite of passage into womanhood. I told her it is just her unfortunate lot in life. . . no woman can escape the joys. She had a WONDERFUL doctor named Ursula . . . a larger black lady . . . who was absolutely beautiful, and had the perfect personality for Hadrian. Hadrian liked her office rule . . . "You don't hurt me, and I won't hurt you." Lol.

We will get all of her test results next week, but in the meantime, we have to jumpstart her period. I just got her prescription filled today, but she has to take a round of Provera to cause her to start her period . . . . we have laughed about the fact that there is just something wrong with this . . . aren't pills supposed to make you "feel" better?! When Hadrian has a period, she has such severe cramps that she cries. So, we are bracing for the pills to kick in. : (

Hadrian now has enough stamina to play a whole soccer game . . . and she is slowly but surely getting her "game" back. She is happy to be playing again, and her teammates and especially her coach have been so supportive with her journey back!! How blessed we are!! : )