Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Does Anna Take This All in Stride? (Nov. 11, 2006)
Anna sure is a pretty girl. Does she take all this in stride (sounds like she does), or is it more of a struggle as she gets older (more pain, more problems with it socially)? Do her school and friends understand the reality of her situation? Does it ever keep her home from school or social events?
She definitely takes everything in stride (except maybe for her weekly shots of Methotrexate). She's pretty much pain-free (because of the Methotrexate, and the lack of uveitis symptoms). We are actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation, and we do the Arthritis Walks, so we have a lot of "Kids Get Arthritis, Too" t-shirts. She wears them frequently, and she told me one day that all of her friends were asking about arthritis, and because Anna's arthritis is so mild, she really didn't know what to tell them! So at the next appointment with her PRh, she asked him what arthritis is. She only knows that she takes medication and goes to Hershey for doctor's appointments a lot. She really doesn't remember the pain that she experienced in infancy. We are also blessed with a great neighborhood and a great school district. I don't know how many social-related problems she might have, because my son (the 13-year-old) struggles with stuttering (has since he was in Kindergarten), and none of the students in all his years in our school district have ever teased him or have given him a hard time. It's amazing, and GREAT! Before Anna started school, when my oldest daughter Abby (now 16) was in fifth grade, organized a school-wide fund-rasier for arthritis. (There was another child in fifth grade who had a severe form of arthritis.), and the whole pediatric rheumatology department at Hershey Med came with the Arthritis Foundation to help with raising awareness with hands-on activities. Things like that really help, and the Arthritis Foundation is usually eager to help with such events.