Friday, October 18, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
For those who are new to our blog, this is our family's journey to health and wellness. You can read about how our journey started here. It's been a long road - filled with ups and downs. Lots of victories and lots of tears. But, through every challenge we have faced, not once during the last six years have we been defeated.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
After performing a few dance moves and doing the splits for Dr. Miller, Mia told her how she went to Dance Camp a few weeks ago...for an entire week (8:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.). Dr. Miller looked at me completely shocked that Mia was able to go that long and not have any pain. Mia told her, "No, I felt great!"
After examining her joints, she said to me, "She definitely needs to continue dancing...because it's helping. Her joints look great and her posture is outstanding." Staying active and keeping her joints moving is definitely helping!
All this to say, Dr. Miller said we can stop Indocin (Indomethacin). Mia has been taking Indocin every day for the last two years (before that, she was on Naproxen and then Ibuprofen; she has been on NSAIDS since she was 22 months old). She said, "I don't think she needs it anymore." We are SO happy!! Mia is SO happy! There is nothing better than seeing your child so excited when they find out they get to stop taking a medicine they've taken for so long!
Mia will continue to stay on a gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and egg-free diet. She has been off gluten and dairy since she was diagnosed with arthritis. We eliminated eggs a year ago when we found out she has a food sensitivity and allergy to them. We will continue her daily, arthritis-fighting supplements: cod liver oil, Vitamin D3, and pomegranate juice because we believe this regime is helping to keep her joints "happy."
Dr. Miller did notice a "popping" in her jaw, possibly TMJ, but said she was not too concerned about it. She ordered an MRI to be done next month just to check it out. She said it could be 1) arthritis or 2) mechanical (she is growing and developing so things are shifting and changing) or 3) nothing. She said doesn't expect that it is anything, but wants us to inquire the next time we are at a pediatric dentist (we go next Tuesday). Also, she has not had an MRI since 2007....so she is due for one.
All-in-all, it was a great appointment! I love these kind of appointments - the ones where you feel like what you are doing matters. We are heading in the right direction and it is an awesome feeling!
Thank you, God, for directing our paths and perfecting that which concerns us! We are blessed!