This time it's purely physical. (knocks on wood) She has been having weight problems all of a sudden. This is my child who had to eat all day long to keep from losing weight. My size 0 girl is suddenly in a size 5. These are hip hugger's so I judge about a 7 in normal waisted pants. She's getting a belly. Eating habits haven't changed except since being pregnant she tries to limit junk food and eat healthier. I hadn't said anything because N has body image issues. (don't ask me why, she's pretty, tiny, and thin) And I didn't want to stir up trouble. Besides, I have trouble seeing 115 pounds as "overweight". So I've been silently watching. N adds an exercise program. Weight is still going up. Well, not so sure it's acutal pounds but her belly keeps getting bigger. Not solid like pregnant, squishy. Weird. Day before yesterday I notice her neck and under the chin is swollen. I think hmmmmm, odd. Yesterday it was too. I ask if she's been feeling ok. Not sick. No sore throat. This morning while easy child, N, and grandkids and I were taking our morning walk I notice not only neck, under chin, but her face is swollen. easy child and I had the same thought at the same time. Her thyroid. easy child began having trouble after Darrin was born. By the time he was about a year old she had her diagnosis of hypothyroidism. It looks like N may be having the same problem. The hitch is...... our welfare has decided to switch welfare insurance to a private company. N's peditrician won't accept it, although he had taken medicaid. Actually there is scant few docs or medication ppl who will accept it. N was "assigned" a new pediatrician/fam doctor. So in the morning I get to call them up and get her in to be seen asap. Then convince this guy who doesn't know my child from Adam that she needs to have her thyroid checked again, and I want her blood sugar checked too. I'm less than thrilled. N's new doctor is at the practice husband and I left because they had a hissy fit that we were 3 months late paying a 10 dollar bill we didn't even know we owed. (lab fee insur neglected to pay) I refused to pay the interest charges on a bill we didn't know about, staff refused to drop interest charges. Granted this is not the same doctor, but it is the same practice. It doesn't sit well with me. Partly because of the bill, and partly because the doctor we had a the time really fought me over having her thyroid tested the first time around. I'd go ahead and take her to her reg pediatrician doctor. The visit is 75.00. It would hurt to pay it in cash, but I would. But no way could I afford the lab testing out of pocket. I hope it isn't her thyroid, but can't really think of anything else that fits what her symptoms are. She has been really low on energy since Aubrey was born, but I just thought maybe it was the new Mom exhausted thing.