We managed to arrange an appointment for 4 weeks later with the endocrinologist – a long agonising wait as consultants are busy and we had to give her body time to build up hormones to ensure there were no borderline results. Following the appointment and over the course of around a month, Eleanor had a number of tests; a physical examination, a hand x-ray to determine her ‘bone age’ an ultrasound of her uterus and ovaries and an LH blood test to test for a particular hormone in her bloodstream (click on the link for more information on the blood test)
Once all the tests had been completed we met with the endocrinologist at the Royal Marsden for the results. At this point I was completely certain that she was going into puberty as a lump had now appeared under the other nipple too, but that strangely didn’t prepare me for the absolute certainty the consultant had when she looked through the results in front of us. Eleanor’s body was 100% going into early puberty. I cried immediately, I didn’t think I made a sound but Eleanor put her hand on my lap, looked up at my face and then put her hand on my cheek to feel my tears. She is so aware of everything, I suppose its true that her other senses are heightened due to her loss of eyesight. I couldn’t tell you why I was suddenly so upset, maybe just the confirmation and realisation that this was something else my darling girl has to face which will hurt her and could cause its own bunch of side effects.