When Loretta was 19 months old she went to the doctor for a virus. A couple of days later her knees were swollen and she could not even stand. The doctors told us at first that it was reactive synovitis, then when it didn’t go away they sent her to have x-rays. The x-rays came out fine so they sent her to an orthopedic doctor and told us it could be one of three things osteomyelitis, cancer, or arthritis. He told us he didn't think it was arthritis so we had more x-rays and an MRI. The MRI came back with fluid on the knee and the x-ray tech read it as septic so we went to the pediatrician’s office that day. The pediatrician informed us that he did not believe it was septic but it was time to go to Texas Children’s Hospital because she had been swollen and not walking too long. We went that very day in through the ER.
We were told that the MRI look ok had fluid but okay. They told us that they had talked to their rheumatology department and they were interested in her case. So on July 27, 2011, six weeks after the first symptoms, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and was put on Naproxen twice a day, Prednisone once a day, and Methotrexate, as well as requiring physical therapy. She would also have to visit the eye doctor every three months. The next six months were a nightmare. She went from 29 pounds to 24 pounds. She caught every illness that was going around and even had salmonella poisoning. Finally in February, 2012 she was taken off Prednisone because her swelling was finally under control. As of now we still have to do a little physical therapy due to a little atrophy in her left thigh but she loves to run.