My Overachiever

Erika called me a few days ago with amazing news. Jacob’s blood test results came in.  One test determines the levels of various branched-chain amino acids in Jacob’s blood. These amino acids, which include isoleucine, leucine, and valine, come from the natural protein he takes in through carefully-measured amounts of breast milk. The test helps us to know that Jacob is getting adequate nutrition and that his body is processing the breast milk well. The other test is a comprehensive metabolic panel, which gives us more information about his liver and kidney function, among other things. Erika says that not only were his levels for both tests normal, but for the most part they were right in the middle of the normal range. She called Jacob an overachiever, and I couldn’t help feeling so proud of this little boy chattering happily in my arms.

baby rattle(One exception: His citrulline, as expected, was high. Normal range is 4-50. His was 1635. Yikes. But, that is to be expected given his diagnosis of citrullinemia.)

In other news, Jacob is starting to learn to grasp and shake a rattle. See, Erika was right, he is an overachiever. So proud of this little guy!

2 thoughts on “My Overachiever

  1. Hello Mrs. Craft,
    We are Scott and Steven Manings, and we are in 8th grade at Shorecrest. In 8th grade we are required to do a “passion project” in which we can learn a skill or find a way to help society. We decided to hold a benefit concert on campus on May 15 th from 6-8 pm. For years our family has supported Heifer International, so that was an easy decision. When Mr. Murphy sent out the letter about Jacob, we decided it would be good to split the donation in half and give half to your family and half to Heifer.
    The event is only 2 weeks away, and we wanted to let you know that if you are able we would love to have you there. We understand if you can’t make it, but we wanted to let you know what we were planning. We have three middle and high school bands playing with some great door prizes. Please let us know if you think you could join us, we would love to present you with a check for what has been collected at that time. The best way to reach us is with our Mom’s cell phone or with this email, since we are in class most of the day.
    Scott and Steven Manings


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