Wednesday, May 02, 2012


Brace yourselves... they've got it!

Madam has systemic JIA - Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Tonight we are back on a drip to receive a massive dose of steroid. Tomorrow we will begin a six week course of oral steroid which should bring down the joint swelling, diminish the pain and settle the fevers.

It is such a relief to finally have a diagnosis and to learn that her condition is treatable and manageable.

But best of all, it means we are coming home...


  1. That's great. I have been reading your post. Home is the best place to be. I went through the same only for two years,then found out I have RA. God Bless.TN USA

  2. Yay! Best wishes.

    p.s. Your previous post, about appreciating the good days, etc., literally took my breath away. Thank you. Shortly after I read it my three-year-old got out of bed and appeared in our bedroom doorway. I have never been so happy to make room for him in our bed.

    1. That is, your April 27 post, putting the bad days into perspective.

  3. Wonderful wonderful wonderful news that they know what they are battling and all my wishes that you are going home really soon xxx

  4. That's totally awesome. The kids and I gave it a really "wellie" kind of prayer that you'd have a diagnosis soon: didn't know it'd work that fast, or we'd have done it ages ago and saved you all those annoying nips out for a fag. The news is good in terms of knowing and treating ...

  5. It's great that you have a diagnosis and can focus on treatment. Hope you all get to go home soon x

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