Raynauds: Visiting the Pediatric Rheumatologist

The day had finally come for Mirah to go to the Pediatric Rheumatologist. We drove up on this Tuesday morning.

With some struggle finding the place, we made it with a few minutes to spare. It was Primary children’s, so it was ready to keep these kids occupied.

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She got into her gown. It was the same one that Lucas wore when he had his second tonsil surgery .

She was SO nervous. mostly about getting labs done. But being a cute sport about it all.

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To keep the kids occupied I dug through my purse and found them purse candy.

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Soon, Dr.¬†Erin Treemarky came in and greeted us. She straight away saw her hands…

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They got to work on the exam.

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She checked on her joints and did a full body, what I am calling, BEND test.

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She was checking out her back bones, Lucas was worried that she was hurt, so he tried to touch her arm to comfort her.

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The last part of the exam she added liquid to her fingernails, and then observed them under light.

Apparently her capillaries behaved as Raynaud’s do.

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The good news? She was able to eliminate an RA diagnosis. Such a relief. Dr. Treemarky noted that we need to make sure that Raynaud’s is the only thing going on here. So she sent us aways with a great report of the visit as well as a list of 17 labs to draw.

Our visit summary:

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However, since she had a cold, NO labs that day! Mirah was relieved. She was so anxious about this appointment. She did so well.

By the time we were out school was over half over, so as a treat, we went to the Museum of Ancient Life to see a movie: Backyard Wilderness.

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in 3D!

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We loved the film!

We decided to go into the museum for a little while.

Played with the new robot exhibit.

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We found the hidden heart.

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We got heart erasers as a reward.

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The kids wanted to take this picture together.

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It was a hard a stressful day for all of us. We are relaxed now, and hopeful.

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