It has been quite some time since I've been to the site. I'm positive I've met myself coming and going more than a few times these past few months in the process.
There have been changes in Laura's conditions and diagnosis of new things have come up as well as re-diagnosing of other issues they thought they had figured out.
She is still diabetic, both type 1 and type 2 (Double Diabetic). She still has Hypothyroidism (and always will as she no longer has a thyroid). She does NOT however have Addison's Disease as previously thought, diagnosed and medicated for, she actually has quite the opposite in fact, Cushing's Disease. ( I'm sure some of you are wondering how they could have gotten that diagnosis wrong, believe me I asked that very question myself).
Laura has Autoimmune Failure… this simply put means that at any given time her body can (and does) turn on itself and sends out antibodies that attack normal functioning organs as if they were a disease, that organ in turn can over produce, or under produce whatever its function does and create issues, this is what happened with her adrenal glands that made them think it was Addison's when in fact it was the antibodies causing results to vary to the extreme that she didn't have Addison's but rather Cushings…Still with me? Thats okay if your not it takes awhile to grasp the concept of her body turning on itself and causing so much havoc.
On May 26th further tests showed that Laura has started puberty…she will just be 8 yrs old the 23rd of this month…and that she already had breast tissue developing and armpit and pubic hair growing. More tests were ordered and we were given the option of putting her on a shot a month that would stop puberty or an implant that lasts for a year that would do the same thing… after careful consideration we chose the implant, that was put in place under a local anesthesia and should be barely noticeable when school resumes in August.
The county fair begins August 5 and both her and Wade are very busy right now with their projects for fair and animals ready for show as well. She is still the inspiration that keeps me on track as well as many others that meet her and know her story and if something gets her down she sure doesn't let it keep her down (she gets that from me lol)
Anyway, there isn't much else to say to update you, its farming season and so we are very busy with that and we have 55 bottle baby calves that have to be fed twice a day (another project that seems to be going well thus far even though it is time consuming).
I'm sorry I haven't been around much to comment, give my 2c worth, or post but I haven't forgotten any of you and will stop in time and again when I find the time to catch my breathe and sit a spell with you all. I hope this finds you all well or on your way to being well and I'll see ya soon.
Hugs & Much Love,
Robin, Laura & family
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