BMN-111: A Family Dinner Discussion

What if you could take a pill to make your achondroplasia go away? No more risk of spinal or foramen magnum compression. The chances of central and obstructive sleep apnea would be less. And there wouldn’t be that bothersome task of finding a bike helmet to fit. Would you take that pill? If it would lessen your child’s chances of …

Cord Blood for Dwarfism Genetic Testing

  When my husband and I were planning to get pregnant, there was the question of double dominancy for heterozygous dwarfism. My husband has pseudoachondroplasia and I have achondroplasia. We were told why take the risk and even TRY for children if there is a chance of health issues or being incompatible with life. And we felt, why not try? …

Eating Healthy and Having Short Arms

Soapbox Time. 😕 Please, parents! If there is one thing that you can do for your LP child (or any child): teach them to eat healthy and keep their weight down. It IS so easy for LPs to gain weight and even tougher to lose it. I’m not talking about body image. We’re talking about keeping the weight off for …

Eyeglasses for Beautiful Mid-Face Hypoplasia

A great brand that worked for a couple of the LP kids in our chapter is the Miraflex brand frames. They are high-grade rubber frames for prescription lenses for children.  These frames fit well on the younger LP kids who have less of a bridge than other dwarf kids.  Achons usually have more mid-face hypoplasia, which make it more difficult …

The Joy of a Latex Mattress for an Aching Back

Recently we both started experiencing some significant back pain, bad enough that we’d wake up with it every morning. We tried managing the pain with ibuprofen, Salonpas, and Icy Hot. And we went through the usual analysis in our heads: Are we dealing with compression? Another back problem? An issue related to prior surgery? After many months of torment, the …