Sunday, January 9, 2011
My granddaughter Bella's having surgery on her knee Tues. Jan11
Could you please say a prayer for her.
....FYI about Bella...
Bella has suffered with Polyarticular Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for years.
JRA is a type of arthritis that happens in children age 16 or younger. It causes joint swelling, stiffness and sometimes reduced motion. It can affect any joint, and in some cases it can affect internal organs as well.
One early sign of JRA may be limping in the morning. Symptoms can come and go. Some children have just one or two flare-ups. Others have symptoms that never go away. JRA causes growth problems in some children.
No one knows exactly what causes JRA. Scientists do know it is an autoimmune disorder, which means your immune system, which normally helps your body fight infection, attacks your body's own tissues. Medicines and physical therapy can help maintain movement and reduce swelling and pain.Polyarticular (say: pah-lee-ar-tik-yoo-lur) JRA. Poly means many, so polyarticular means having to do with many joints. This kind of JRA affects five or more joints. Although this kind of JRA usually involves large joints, such as knees, wrists, elbows, and ankles, small joints of the hands and feet are also often involved.
Bella's doing a bit better these days with the JRA but continues on medication with blood work and doctors visits.
Bella also has Plica syndrome this is why she's in need of knee surgery. She's been living with much pain/swelling..Surgery will be Tues morning. Will you please keep Bella in your thoughts & prayers?
Bella's such a great kid, I'm so proud of her! She was voted student of the month, is secretary of 8th grade Student Council, on swim team, volleyball, soft ball & choir. She keeps very active a must for children with JRA! She's also working for a place on Academic Challenge. Way to go Bella :-}
Posted by Mary Rose at 10:04 AM