Yes, we have been in your shoes. My son started growth hormone therapy in 2000 or 2001. He is now almost 17 years old and just about through with the therapy. The first thing that will happen is what they call a stim test. He had his done at Children's Mercy in Kansas City. He was in a hospital type room, they put an IV in and every so often would draw blood (from the IV catheter) to check the levels of growth hormone in his body. They must have given him something to make him kind of sleepy, because I remember he slept most of the day. It was about a 5 hour proceedure. It's not hard on the child, as there is a TV in the room and the nurses were great. Bring a good book though. In my son's case, the test determined that he needed Growth hormone. It is a small shot that he gets 6 days a week. It is given with a small insulin syringe, so the needle is very, very small. At first, we used a gadget that hid the needle. It was much easier that way. But for the past few years, he has been giving himself his own shot. It was tough at first, but it has become a way of life. Without the shots, he would not have reached 5 foot. With the shots, we are hoping for 5 ft. 8 inches. I am only 5'2" and hubby is 5'9". He is now about 5'7" I think. I lose track after awhile. At first during the therapy, there will be frequent height/weight checks and then every 6 months thereafter. Also, he had the wrist x-rays every year. At first, yes, it was hard on us all at shot time, but we kept explaining that this would help his body grow so that he could be as tall as his friends someday. He was frequently teased at school about being so short. I think the labwork was probably the worst. It's amazing how strong a little kid can be. Before labwork, ask for a prescription for Emla Cream. You put it on the arm where they will draw the blood and it numbs the area. You have to put it on about an hour and 1/2 before the lab draw. The therapy isn't cheap, but we have been blessed over the years that insurance has covered every bit of it. If yours doesn't, check with the manufacturer of the medicine about scholarships. I've probably overwhelmed you, but if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heart beat! Good luck and God Bless.