Thursday, February 28, 2008

Life's Dramas


Well, we were back at the Rheumatologist office yesterday because Chels woke up Monday morning with swollen, painful hands and feet; again. She couldn't make a fist at all. By mid day her knee was hurting so bad she could barely walk and when she lay down to try and relax she would wince in pain every few minutes.

I finally broke down. I cried so much because I just don't know what to do anymore. I have to take her now to the Orthopedist office tomorrow afternoon because of her knee. The visit with the Rheumatologist wasn't as productive as I would like. She(the doctor) felt that the knee pain was either mechanical in nature or due to emotional stress. Well, other than the pain and swelling Chels has been experiencing, I just do not think stress is a factor. I know in my heart something is going on; we just don't know what it is yet.

So, the purpose of this Ortho visit is because her knee has not only been painful, but she cannot fully bend or extend her leg. Any pressure for more than a few minutes practically sends her to the floor and when she got home from school today it was swollen. The predisone isn't working as far as we can tell and Chels is in tears every time she moves.

I just hope we find out why her knee is hurting tomorrow. I can't stand to see my daughter hurting. She is a trooper though and she is doing all of this without the aid of narcotic pain meds. I am very proud of her!

Chels is the tallest, Lo next to her and their goofy faced brother I (shown in the picture).

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~Billie~ said...

That must be so scary for all of you! And how frustrating! I hope you are able to get some answers soon! ((HUGS))

Beth is wfg said...

How terrible for you and your daughter to have to go through this. I'm new to your world, but what you describe reminds me of my little sister. She was diagnosed with junior rheumatory arthritis when she was in kindergarten or first grade.

Laura said...

Thanks for your comments. Yes, it does suck, but for the most part I do try to stay positive. I think this week has just been frustrating and after a bit it does get to you.

Beth--my daughter's doctor has stated that she could be 'starting' with JRA, but so far nothing is showing up in her blood. I guess we will just have to see.

Jess said...

This is so aweful, it is so hard to watch our kids going through things like this.

Thanks for you comment on my blog, I like your site buy the way...just saved it in my favorites!

Laura said...

Thanks Jess! I need to update my blog roll I have your site and some others I need to include! :)

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what my son experiences!!!! please tell me what you find out...I just keep praying that my son doesn't have JRA...