Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sheena had a blood test yesterday, because she's been unwell recently, then came up with an unexplained black-eye. I had been planning on taking her to the Doctor, but this was a certain visit. People with DS are 30% or so more likely to develop leukemia, so unexplained bruising, especially around the eyes is worth getting checked out. While we were having a blood test, we also got her Thyroid levels checks, as people with DS are rather prone to Thyroid disorders, and annual check-ups are recommended for this. That extra 21st chromosome likes to throw in a few issues for us parents to worry about.
So with all this, Sheena didn't go to creche, and I didn't go to work.
This morning, before 8am I got a call from the Doctor. Knowing how Doctors work, I figured this was important. Her white and red blood cells were OK (no leukemia), but she has mild hypothyroidism. Elevated TSH, but normal T3 and T4 levels. From what I have read, this means that we might have come across it early, and it probably has not been bothering Sheena. We now have to see the Peadiatrition in the next week, and probably he'll refer us onto an Endocrinologist to get her on medication. Just happy that we know about it, and can sort it out.
We think now that the 'unexplained bruising' was a knock on the side table Sheena had at Nan and Pop's house.