Matt’s Birthday, Bryce’s Birthday, Amy’s Birthday, Gary’s Birthday, Karen’s Birthday, My Anniversary, Halloween, Oregon OMG

I guess October is going to be a busy month -I better get to the Hallmark store! I know I forgot someone but who could remember all that?  Certainly not me.  I really just got on here to remind myself that I need to go to Michael’s tomorrow to get something to make my football shirt a little more blue.  Not sure how I’m going to do that but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.  Michael’s. Got it.  What else?  Oh yeah, laundry.  Football clothes at least.  Nails.  I really have to get my nails done, they look terrible.  Then back to the grind with football at 5:15 and baseball at 6:00.  On the bright side I don’t have to make dinner.  It’s already 11 – I better go to bed.  Oh yeah, I have to get my gas card back and go get a new drivers license.  Yeah – must be tired.  Rambling on and on and on and on …l.


Growth Hormone Therapy

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your child is 60 pounds, and that is
at the 53rd percentile for weight.

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at less than the 3rd percentile for height.

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Growth Hormone Therapy Increases Kids’ Height

Study Shows Therapy Is Effective Even in Children Who Aren’t Deficient in Growth Hormones

By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD


Nov. 6, 2008 — Treating abnormally short children with growth hormone can increase their adult height, even in if they are not found to be growth-hormone deficient, according to a team of Swedish researchers who followed children for 20 years.

In a group of 151 children, the average height gain in those given the higher of two growth hormone doses was about 3 inches.

Doctors have known for years that giving growth hormone, which is naturally secreted by the pituitary gland, helps children who are known to be deficient in the hormone. But whether giving the hormone to children of short stature whose growth hormone levels are not deficient proves effective has not been known.

The children studied by the Swedish team had short stature due to other causes, such as idiopathic short stature (ISS), a condition in which laboratory tests, including a test to check levels of growth hormone, are normal and doctors can’t pinpoint easily a specific cause for the lack of height. Others were small for gestational age, or born small. The shortest 3% of children fall outside the bounds of what is generally viewed as “normal” growth.

Boosting Height

Kerstin Albertsson-Wikland, MD, PHD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Gothenburg, was the study’s lead author. Her team assigned the 151 children to no treatment or two different doses of growth hormone, given for an average of nearly six years. Children entered the study between 1988 and 1999 and were followed over a period of up to 20 years, until they reached their final height.

Children with parents of normal heights responded best, the researchers found. The higher dose produced better results than the lower dose.

The lower dose was 33 micrograms per kilogram of body weight a day; the higher dose was nearly double that.

While a third of those given the high dose and a fifth of those getting the low dose reached a final height well within normal ranges, none of those in the no-treatment group did.

The final height of boys in the no-treatment group averaged 5 feet 5 inches, while those in the higher-dose group reached a height of 5 feet 7 inches. The girls in the no-treatment group got to an average height of 4 feet 11 inches, while those in the higher-dose group reached nearly 5 feet 2 inches.

The study was supported by grants from a variety of sources, including Pharmacia/Pfizer, which provided the growth hormone but had no input in the study. The Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Pediatric GH Research, and the Foundation Vaxthuset for Children also supported the research.

Growth Hormone and Height: Second Opinion

The study is called an important one by Wayne Moore, MD, section chief of pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

When weighing the options of whether or not we would allow our son to receive human growth hormone (HGH), never once did we consider surveyed public opinion which states that men must be tall to be paid an equal wage or find a wife. For medical reasons, short teens should be offered HGH.

As early as kindergarten, it was obvious that our son was not going to be tall like his father, or even as tall as his mother. As he approached adolescence, the questions outnumbered the answers from the physicians.   Simply put, his body was not producing HGH as it should have, thereby he would not grow to his genetic potential. While doctors assured us that no physical harm would come to him from being short, they were wrong.

One condition which could be directly attributed to his height was depression. He bore a tremendous weight from his classmates, and their interpretation that he lacked virility proportionate to his height. Undisciplined children were cruel and abusive in more ways than verbally.

Another was his abnormal sleep patterns and moodiness. His lack of interest in almost anything was indicative of more than simple depression.

Researching HGH brought a new found light to the darkness of his stunted height. Human growth hormone is responsible for many other things besides just height. As a treatment option, it was the only answer.

While HGH primarily increases height, it also increases muscle mass. It helps the body retain calcium for stronger, denser bones and fend off osteoporosis. By controlling the fat in the body, it helps control blood sugar and insulin levels, while boosting immunity.

At a time when his HGH level should have been rising, it was level. There was no guarantee that it would rise at all, much less to normal. We also had to face the fact that that small level would fall as well. His short stature was indicative of much more than a bruised ego, but of future maladies guaranteed without intervention.

Since beginning HGH, he has physically matured, something that would not have occurred without HGH supplements. He will never be as tall as his father, but he is now as tall as his mother. With his new-found zest for life is enviable and carries the energy to see it through. His new activity level produces sleep at the appropriate time and of appropriate length.

The even muscle tone which replaced his look of malnutrition boosts his athletic ability and confidence. Depression is a thing of the past.

Should short teens be offered human growth hormone? Yes, when medically necessary. It is more often that you would think.


Treatment of GH deficiency in children

Growth hormone deficiency is treated by replacing GH. All GH prescribed in North America, Europe, and most of the rest of the world is a human GH, manufactured by recombinant DNA technology. As GH is a large peptide molecule, it must be injected into subcutaneous tissue or muscle to get it into the blood. Nearly painless insulin syringes make this less trying than is usually anticipated but perceived discomfort is a subjective value.

When a person has had a long-standing deficiency of GH, benefits of treatment are often obvious[citation needed], and side effects of treatment are rare. When treated with GH, a deficient child will begin to grow faster within months. Other benefits may be noticed, such as increased strength, progress in motor development, and reduction of body fat. Side effects of this type of physiologic replacement are quite rare. Known risks and unsettled issues are discussed below, but GH deficient children receiving replacement doses are at the lowest risk for problems[citation needed].

Still, costs of treatment in terms of money, effort, and perhaps quality of life, are substantial. Treatment of children usually involves daily injections of growth hormone, usually for as long as the child is growing. Lifelong continuation may be recommended for those most severely deficient as adults. Most pediatric endocrinologists monitor growth and adjust dose every 3–4 months. Assessing the psychological value of treatment is difficult but most children and families are enthusiastic once the physical benefits begin to be seen. Treatment costs vary by country and by size of child, but $US 10,000 a year is common.

Little except the cost of treating severely deficient children is controversial, and most children with severe growth hormone deficiency in the developed world are offered treatment. Most accept. The story is very different for adult deficiency.[citation needed

Foundation for Children starting growth hormone.


Recombinant growth hormone for idiopathic short stature in children and adolescents

There is some evidence that recombinant human growth hormone improves short term growth and (near) final adult height in children with idiopathic short stature.

Idiopathic short stature is the term used when children are very short compared with others of their age for unknown or hereditary reasons. They do not have a disease. Recombinant human growth hormone has been used to try to overcome growth failure in these children. It must be injected under the skin six to seven times a week until adult height is reached. Existing evidence suggests that growth hormone can increase short term growth and improve final or near final adult height.
Ten studies included altogether 741 children and lasted between six months and 6.2 years. Results showed that individuals treated with growth hormone remain relatively short when compared with peers of normal stature. Girls treated with growth hormone were 7.5 cm taller than untreated controls (growth hormone treated group 155.3 cm and control group 147.8 cm); another trial found that children treated with growth hormone were 3.7 cm taller than children in a placebo-treated group. No serious adverse effects were reported in the included studies. Although serious adverse effects (there has been concern that growth hormone would induce new tumours or increase the likelihood of tumour relapse) may be rare, their possibility must also be taken into consideration.

This is a Cochrane review abstract and plain language summary, prepared and maintained by The Cochrane Collaboration, currently published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010 Issue 9, Copyright © 2010 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.. The full text of the review is available in The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1464-780X).
This record should be cited as: Bryant J, Baxter L, Cave CB, Milne R. Recombinant growth hormone for idiopathic short stature in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD004440. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004440.pub2

Growing Taller Requires Growth Hormones – Here Is What You Should Know

When it comes to growing taller, the number one factor is the activity of growth hormones. This is why many adolescents see such great growth at the time their growth hormones are raging. Hormones can also have an effect on people after the teen years, too.

What these hormones do is to give you energy, make you feel and look youthful, and will increase your height as well. If you have too much human growth hormone (HGH), it can give you wrinkles, make you gain weight, give you acne and decrease muscle. Growth hormones will affect you both indirectly as well as directly.

Directly, growth hormones will help you with growing taller and will add height. This occurs because the hormone will connect itself to receptors on the cells responsible for growing, and will unlock the body’s growth activities as a result. When HGH attaches to a cell this way, this will result in metabolism of triglyceride, and will decrease the body’s accumulation of the lipids or fat molecules.

Then there are indirect results to this hormone, which take place because of an insulin-induced growth. Growing taller will take place because of the effect that insulin has on the target cells involved with growth hormones. There is much more to this mechanism, and is a complex process which demand that multiple hormones work in unison.

Your liver will produce an insulin-like growth factor, and increasing this production is what HGH will do. This in turn stimulates developing your cartilage tissue which will allow your bones to grow. This hormone that your liver produces will then help with growing your muscles as well as growing taller.

The fact is that there are a number of processes that occur when you produce growth hormones. For instance, your body will form more protein through different tissues, and this helps growth. These hormones will also help to regulate your blood sugar. If the hormones generate too much insulin, then the blood sugar levels can dip so much that you face a diabetic coma. There are a number of drugs containing HGH that can reduce this risk, however.

Growth hormones have a very profound effect on your body’s ability of growing taller. This process can be very hard to understand for most people, but you need to know what these hormones do so you can be sure that you can grow a little more. Luckily there are a few things you can do in order to keep these hormones in production, so you can keep growing even as an adult.

Put down the sock . . .

Trust me, it’s hopeless. Do you dread walking into your kid’s room?  Are you tired of picking up socks, clothes and toys off of the floor?  Do you beg and bribe your kids to clean their rooms?  Well, you might as well stop right now and save yourself years of stress and anxiety.  You can reduce your future botox bills by slowing down the onset of worry wrinkles and simply accepting the fact that your sweet little children, those adorable cuties who mess up the charming, cozy rooms you toiled over to decorate just for them, are just going to one day leave home to live in a pig sty (a pig sty you may well be paying good money for – in the form of college tuition!)

We try to teach our kids well and do our best to prepare them for “the real world.” Well, if they are college bound there is a good chance that their real world will consist of cramped rooms overflowing with piles of dirty laundry and sinks full of dirtier dishes. 

I’d like to think that I was much cleaner and more domesticated when I was younger but I wonder if that is just the rose colored lenses of my memory.  In any event, if you spend a lot of time picking up after your kids, take my advice and just stop.  (Actually it’s the advice of my sister) Let them live like pigs now, and know that you will just be doing your duty to properly prepare them for college.

The Collision of Contentment and Generosity

by joshua becker on September 7, 2010

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Contentment. People look for it in all sorts of places. Some look for contentment in a high-paying job, yet show their discontent the first time they are passed over for a raise. Some look for it in a large home, yet show their discontent by requiring countless improvements. Many have sought contentment in a department store believing that one more item will finally match their desire, yet they are always disappointed… despite the promises made on television.

Could it be that we have been taught to look for contentment in all the wrong places?

What if contentment is actually found in the exact opposite place that we have looking? What if contentment is not found in accumulating more, but is actually found in giving more?

We can easily understand how contentment leads to generosity – the less we need, the more we can give away. But could it be that the inverse is also true? That generosity also leads to contentment? That the two collide together in a way that encourages each other to exist all the more?

Consider for just a moment how generosity leads to contentment:

  • Generous people have a healthy understanding of how much they already own. People who give to those in need quickly realize how much they have to give.
  • Generous people value what they own. People who give away possessions hold their remaining possessions in higher esteem. People who give their time make better use of their time remaining. And people who donate money are far less wasteful with the money left over.
  • Generous people live happier, more fulfilled lives. Studies have shown that generous people are generally happier, healthier, and more satisfied with life. And once they find this satisfaction through generosity, they are less inclined to search for it elsewhere.
  • Generous people find meaning outside of their possessions. It is the American way to wrap up self-worth in net-worth… as if a person’s true value could ever be tallied on a balance sheet. Generous people find their value in helping others and quickly realize that their bank statement says nothing about their true value.
  • Generous people have more fulfilling relationships. People always enjoy the company of a generous giver to the company of a selfish hoarder.  People are naturally attracted towards others who have an open heart to share with others. And a good friend is the best gift you could ever give yourself.

Generous people have less desire for more. They have found fulfillment, meaning, value, and relationships outside of the acquisition of possessions. They have learned to find joy in what they already possess and give away the rest. In other words, they have found true contentment. This contentment naturally leads to even more generosity which leads to even greater contentment which leads to…

Are you searching for contentment in life? If so, try giving something away today. And open up the door for contentment and generosity to collide.

We All Married the Wrong Person Posted on September 10, 2010 by lorilowe

The following is from a site called

Couples in crisis often reach the point where they decide they are just two poorly matched people. This precedes the decision to leave the relationship and go in search of that “right person.” Unfortunately, the odds of a successful marriage go down for each attempt at a new marriage. Psychiatrist and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women and The Secrets of Happy Families, Scott Haltzman, MD, says in truth, they are correct; we all married the wrong person. I found his comments from TV interviews so intriguing that I requested an interview with him to delve into the topic.

Dr. Haltzman says even if we think we know a person well when we marry them, we are temporarily blinded by our love, which tends to minimize or ignore attributes that would make the relationship complicated or downright difficult. In addition, both individuals bring different expectations to the marriage, and we change individually and as a couple over time. No one gets a guarantee of marrying the right person, says Dr. Haltzman, so you should assume you married the wrong person. That doesn’t mean your marriage can’t be successful, however.

“Most of us spend a lot of time filtering through possible mates in hopes that we will end up with the right match. Some people believe it’s an issue of finding a soul mate … the one true partner. Whether or not you enter into marriage believing your partner is THE one, you certainly believe he or she is A right person for you,” says Dr. Haltzman.

He explains that if the success of a marriage were based on making the right choice, then those who carefully chose a good match would continue to sustain positive feelings the majority of the time, and over a long period. The theory would be proven correct that choosing well leads to success.  “But the divorce rate in and of itself stands as a great testament to the fallacy of that theory,” says Dr. Haltzman. Even the couples who remain married don’t describe themselves as completely happy with each other, he adds, but rather committed to one another.

“If we believe we must find the right person to marry, then the course of our marriage becomes a constant test to see if we were correct in that choice,” says Dr. Haltzman, adding that today’s culture does not support standing by our promises. Instead, he says we receive the repeated message, “You deserve the best.” These attitudes contribute to marital dissatisfaction, he says.

Dr.  Haltzman shared some research with me about the negative effects in our consumer society of having too many choices—which may lead to increased expectations and lower satisfaction. A book called The Choice Paradox by Barry Schwartz shares research that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. (I will have another post about this topic soon, because there is much insight to glean.) I’ll cut to the chase and reveal that people are happier with the choices they make when there are relatively few choices from which to choose. With too many choices, we can become overburdened and regretful and constantly question our decision. Today, individuals may feel they have many choices of mates, and fear lost opportunities with potential “right” partners. This may happen even after a person is married, as he or she questions the decision to marry with each bump in the road.

“My basic philosophy is we have to start with the premise when we choose our partner that we aren’t choosing with all the knowledge and information about them,” says Dr. Haltzman. “However, outside of the extreme scenarios of domestic violence, chronic substance abuse, or the inability to remain sexually faithful—which are good arguments for marrying the wrong person on a huge scale, and where it is unhealthy or unsafe to remain married—we need to say, ‘This is the person I chose, and I need to find a way to develop a sense of closeness with this person for who he or she really is and not how I fantasize them to be.’”

That choice to work on the relationship can lead to a more profound, meaningful experience together. Dr. Haltzman offers the following tips to help us reconnect or improve our bond:

  • Respect your mate for his/her positive qualities, even when they have some important negative ones.
  • Be the right person, instead of looking for the right person.
  • Be a loving person, instead of waiting to get love.
  • Be considerate instead of waiting to receive consideration.

To underscore the last couple of points, Dr. Haltzman says many people will put only so much effort into a relationship, then say, “I’ve done enough.” But very few of us will do that with our children. “Instead, we say despite their flaws, we wouldn’t want anyone else; yet, our kids can be much more of a pain in the ass than our spouses.”

Finally, he advises, “Have the attitude that this is the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with, so you must find a way to make it work instead of always looking for the back door.”

For more information on Dr. Haltzman or his books, visit or Many thanks to Dr. Haltzman for sharing his time, wisdom and advice.


All by Myself . .

Trevor got a great teacher and Niko – Not so sure.  I don’t think I know her, so it’s really not fair to say just yet. I am so ready for school to start.  I keep thinking that I am going to be in heaven because both kids will now go to the same school at the same time – for 6 whole hours.  I’ve been counting down the days!

Today I realized that next week while the kids are meeting new kids and embarking on a new school year I am going to be here, at home, all by myself.

OMG! What am I going to do? I’d like to think that I’ll go run or go to the gym.  But will I? Maybe – not likely.  Maybe I should start scrapbooking or work part-time.  OMG – What the hell am I going to do?

Hell in a Handbasket

In a perfect world you grow up with the perfect family, graduate high school, go to a great college, land a great job, find a husband, get married and then start your own perfect family and the cycle continues.  But we all know that this is not a perfect world and sometimes these ideals that are so cemented into our society end up ruining our lives.  I know many people who measure their success with these so-called standards that we set as life’s benchmarks.  

I think that the success of a person is not in their completion of these “benchmarks” but rather in the choices they make, how they choose to live with those choices and in the ability to be selfless, giving and humble.  Accountable of course. 

We all want things we don’t have but some people believe that if they don’t have those “things” they are somehow less than someone who has all those “things”  Is that fair?  Is that how we should feel?  Life is all about choices.  Make the right choices, for you, and life will be just fine. 

Two of my best friends are losing their homes.  One is losing her home because she makes bad choices, is not accountable, especially to herself, and in some crazy way thinks that society / life has just dealt her a bad hand.  She truly believes that she does everything she can to make a good life for her family and would swear to your face that she does.  Me, I’m not sure.

My other girlfriend has been making all the right choices, seems to be accountable to those that matter and what does she get?  NOTHING!  Her life  and livelihood are all going to hell in a handbasket!

Insomnia . . .

It’s killing me.

Am I too self-centered to have a successful family and marriage?

Is it because I was raised by a single mother or maybe feminism that has left me with severe criticism for just about everything the man does? If I listen to the feminists or the jilted single mothers, man is evil, stupid, and ridiculously tyrannical. Both of these things have played a decisive role in denigrating the family unit for me. Will I ever get it right?

Is my husband insensitive, uncaring, and oblivious? I don’t think so. I think that if I expect him to be a mind-reader I will be left feeling this way. I’ve learned to be direct, obviously subtle hints don’t work.

I make sure I tell my husband whether I want advice, or if I just need him to listen. He thinks he is my savior and gets very frustrated if he can’t fix what’s bothering me (even if it doesn’t need fixing).

We are verbal creatures, which I’ve learned is very frustrating to men, especially mine. I need to carefully choose topics and then it’s all in the timing. When carefully chosen, discussions are effortless and enjoyable.

I try to take what he says at face value. He’s not complicated, yet sometimes he over analyzes.

I need love just as I need air to breathe. Is respect my husband’s air? Is that the blueprint for a happy marriage? Shouldn’t we both treat each other with dignity – we both deserve it.

I think respect means not giving way to anger, or showing disapproval towards him in front of the kids. He inherently believes that this will damage his reputation and thus is a showing of disrespect. (I think)

I know he loves my attention, affection, and affirmation.

So does respect involve paying attention to what he does? Of course it does! Even more importantly, I think respect is allowing him to be different than me..

We both want to be appreciated for the things we do. Respect each other.

I often harp on my husband for the things he hasn’t done. I suppose respecting him would mean admiring him for the things he has done. I should be acknowledging him for being the head of the household and the breadwinner. I should think of him as my hero!

We as parents need to be shining examples. We are supposed to teach our children how to love their spouses and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy yet content and to be kind and helpful.

We as women are given the power of affectionate. We give birth to men and from then on they spend their lives searching for our acceptance and approval..A man is putty in the hands of the woman he loves. Honestly, if I give my husband direct communication, respect, appreciation, good food, and good loving, he will do just about anything I want.

Maybe I should tell him EVERYDAY how much I appreciate him. Yes, that’s what I’ll do.

I know I’m rambling on and on . .  I think I’m trying to convince myself!

Sunday Funday . . . . for most of us.

What a crazy day! Had a great time on the Reggae Boat Cruise . . but what a barge!  Who knew!  Hopefully Heather had a great Birthday.  Went to The Crab Pot in Seal Beach . . . Soooo Goood!
One of my friends is in serious trouble – I don’t think he can stop drinking.   He was on the boat cruise today and everyone seems to think that if they don’t have a drink around him that he in turn will not drink, and maybe he won’t.  But I think that for him, it’s not a social thing anymore.  It has gotten to the place where loneliness, desperation and despair reside. I honestly don’t think that we, his friends, have any idea how much he actually has been drinking.  A few different people have found him after a binge and every time is worse than the last.  I know we can’t save him but I hope that God will somehow find his way over there and work a miracle.  God Bless you LH

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