Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hannah had her dexa (bone density) scan on Tuesday. I knew from the technician's face it wasn't good. They measure bone density at two different points in the body, the spine and the hip. From what I understand, there are 2 different scales by which they can determine your bone density, one for adults and one for children. The hospital we were at only has the pediatric set up for the spine. Hannah's reading showed a 22% DECREASE from her first scan in July. If that is really accurate, I don't even know how she is walking around without constantly breaking something. After the last scan, she was already diagnosed with osteoporosis and a high risk for fractures. With another 22% decrease, does she have any bone left? It was obvious from the pictures that there was a big change from the last scan, and not in a good way. 

But, it's interesting to note that Hannah's latest blood work showed normal vitamin C and D levels. I called her endocrinologist right away when I got the results, and he moved up our appointment to tomorrow morning at 8am (ugh). The girls are off school for the memorial day break, so that's good. I'm anxious to see what he says. I am going to ask him for an MRI of her feet and legs also to check for any micro stress fractures not commonly seen on a regular xray.

I'll let you know tomorrow, wish us luck. Meanwhile, here are a couple pictures from our week. A Yankee game on Monday and Hannah's school chorus concert last night.

1 comment:

cildar said...

Dear Kim and Hannah,
I check every day and no new message since May 23rd. Dennis and I hope everything is ok there. It is a long time with no news. We particularly loved the photo of Hannah in the beautiful dress, probably a little nervous, at the concert. For us, it is a wonderful picture of a little girl, looking so well and who was so sick when we met more than two years ago. No comment about Dave's intense look while watching the Yankees. Has he completely forgotten his years in Boston, known as Red Sox Nation, when he attended BC Law? Very Unusual...
Love to All,
Judy and Dennis