About a week ago, I tore my right calf muscle. I’ve previously pulled the same muscle (about 2 years ago) and it took about a week for me to walk without a limp, then took a long time before I could do anything high impact. This time, the injury is much worse. I haven’t been able to walk without crutches. Some days I’m able to put a little weight on that leg (still with crutches), but other days, it hurts too much. Bruising appeared a couple days ago. I’m still icing and elevating it when I can. It’s looking like a long recovery ahead of me. I’ve been having muscle spasms throughout the day/night, sometimes painful enough to wake me up at night. I’m on prescription Naproxen for the pain, and when it gets close to doseage time, I can certainly feel the pain getting stronger. I haven’t been driving because it is painful to put pressure on the foot sometimes and I probably wouldn’t be able to do a hard brake if I needed to.
Getting around on crutches is pretty exhausting, and sometimes downright painful. My arms are getting a good workout, for sure. If anyone has any advice, I’d love to hear it. I’ve started doing some massage on that muscle, and that seems to help temporarily, so that it isn’t as painful, but then the muscle spasms again, and I’m back at square one. Too bad I got this injury in the Spring… the weather is so nice lately, I want to take walks. I’d gladly be a shut-in during the winter time! I’m hoping that eventually, I’ll be pain free enough that I can ride my bike while I’m still recovering. That would still be a few weeks off, though. This injury is no fun. Make sure you take care of your muscles and stretch and warm up well.
Kai finished drinking his water in the kitchen just now. Then he came to me and said,
“I finished drinking my water. There is nothing to worry about and there is nothing that can stop me!”
Be unstoppable! Drink your water.
Our family went to the Aquarium this weekend. As we were walking through this tunnel and surrounded by cool coral reefs and incredibly colorful sea life, I heard a teenager behind us exclaim, “Oh Wow!!!…..” At first I thought she was just amazed at all the beautifuls colors on all the fish or the coral, but she continued… “Oh Wow! This is great lighting for taking selfies!”. <facepalm>
We went to Ranch Market today and enjoyed some aguas frescas after playing miniature golf. I tried the Jamaica flavor. It is made from Hibiscus Flowers, like a tea, and then sweetened with sugar. It was really good! I like to get Passion Tango tea at Starbucks, which also has hibiscus in it, but this was WAY better than that one. Nathan had the Pecan agua fresca, which was also really tasty. Sean had banana. Mia got honeydew, but didn’t end up liking it much. Kai got lemon and guzzled it down, then had to go to the bathroom right away.
Mia had another follow-up today, on her birthday. It has been a week since we started treating her recurrent uveitis. I’m happy to report that her eye looked great today. Not much inflammation left, although she has developed some scar tissue once again, but it isn’t severe. Her ocular pressures look good as well. Her vision was also improved since last week. We are down to a drop every 2 hours now, for the next 2 weeks, and then we will see where she stands at that point. We will still keep up with the dilating drops to help break up the scar tissue. Hopefully we can start tapering her off again, but at a much slower pace to help prevent recurrence. This was such good news for us! I’m so glad that she is still responding well to the drops.
We also got news today that my nephew got to go home from the hospital after a bout of severe asthma and possible pneumonia due to some sort of respiratory infection. He had been in the hospital all week, plus a few days last week.
Much to be thankful for today!!!
We had another follow-up for Mia with her regular eye doctor today. Her uveitis is recurring, and since it is happening within 1-2 weeks of stopping the steroid eye drops, this is considered part of the same flare up. This means that the inflammation never actually went away and that it was able to flare up again once the drugs were out of her system. The inflammation got bad again, so we are back to steroid eye drops every hour, and dilating drops 3 times a day until the inflammation starts to go down. We have another follow-up in a week.
The good news is that her eye pressure is normal for now, so we don’t have to add in a third eye drop to treat that. The bad news is that if it takes her longer than 2 months to get over this episode, the next step would be to try oral medications like methotrexate to get things under control. I’m really hoping we can avoid that because there are many more possible side effects.
This set back is a real bummer. We had a total of 4 days where we didn’t have to do any drops at all. That was really nice. It’s hard to live by an alarm that goes off every hour, and sometimes every 5 minutes when she needs multiple drops. She is still being such a trooper with all the daily interruptions she gets, but I know sometimes she gets frustrated. I’m thankful that the drops worked well before, so I hope that continues.
Unfortunately Mia’s uveitis is back. They consider this “Rebound Inflammation”, meaning that it came back quickly (never really went into remission) and is likely part of the same flare up. We are back up to a steroid eye drop once every hour, and a dilating eye drop 3 times a day to try to let the eye rest and prevent scar tissue from developing. Mia and I are both sad that it came back so soon. The doc we saw today said we may just need to taper her off the steroid drops very slowly, or even try oral medications like methotrexate (ugh!). We will see her regular eye doctor on Friday morning. They may also suggest that she head back to see the Rheumatologist since this is still an active flare up. Once again, thankfully, she isn’t suffering much pain… a little leg pain, stomach pain, and a little eye pain, but from what I understand, it could be MUCH worse. So Praise God for that! I’m also very thankful we have access to such a great medical team for our girl. They think she is likely having inflammation all over her body, but the most obvious is the eye. So please keep those prayers and well-wishes going!!!
Kai is quite a smooth talker, even at 3 years old. He is also very good at stalling at bedtime. Last night, past bedtime, he brought me to tears by saying “I want to snuggle with your first.” I held him for a bit, then he said, “I want to have a sleepover with you because you’re my best girl.” Ugh… tears… the cuteness was just too much! Then this morning, he told me, “You’re my best girl, mommy. And I like gum too.”
At a follow-up appointment at the pediatric ophthalmologist this afternoon, Doc said we can STOP ALL EYE DROPS for now. Whoo-hoo! Can you see me? No?! Well too bad, cause I’m doing a rockin’ “Happy Dance” right about now! Mia’s eye no longer has any inflammation, so she is considered healed from this episode. Her pupil never did return to its regular round shape, but it’s close enough, and it shouldn’t affect her vision too much. Her ocular pressure is back to normal in both eyes, but still on the higher end of normal in her good eye. This should also go back down as the drugs continue to clear her system. No formation of any cataracts, either, which can be caused by some of the eye medications.
Her left eye vision is still not as good as her right, but she will be re-evaluated in about 6 months to see if she might need glasses. She will need eye check-ups every 3-4 months to monitor for new episodes until 7-9 years old. This is because younger children tend to not show as many symptoms as older kids, so their uveitis can go untreated for too long without regular checks. So our next check up will be in April. Thanks to everyone for all the prayers and well-wishes over the past few months! They were all answered!!!
Little Miss had her evaluation today for Physical Therapy. The PT said that even though her right leg muscles are a little smaller than the left, she didn’t see any cause for concern. She said sometimes it’s just how kids grow, but if there was any evidence of weakness (problems running, jumping, walking, etc), then it could be a problem. Little Miss was able to do all the exercises she asked her to perform, and while it was apparent that the right was a bit weaker than the left, it wasn’t abnormally weak in general. She showed great coordination on both sides. So we left there with the recommendation that we do home care with specific exercises and stretches to try to even up her strength in her legs. Yay! Answered prayers! The thought of going to PT twice a week (like the rheumatologist was recommending) was hard to swallow and sounds very expensive!
The next appointment coming up is a follow-up with the eye doc… we’ll see how she is doing now that the steroid eye drops are being tapered off. She’s down to one steroid drop a day this week, and then zero next week. Let’s pray that the inflammation has cleared up and that she won’t have to continue the drops!