Yesterday was Jenna's three month routine follow ups with the ophthalmologist and rheumatologist at Duke Children's Hospital in Durham NC. Almost four years in, and I still do not have a handle on this. With every appointment, I go in thinking that I know what's coming. Yesterday, I went in thinking that THIS is it! THIS is the appointment that changes our lives as we have come to know them! THIS is the appointment that we FINALLY get to start reducing her med doses. Ummmm, nope.
I managed to snap some pics with my phone yesterday too (she never let's me!!) So I am going to share those while I tell of our day.
Jenna shared a few things at yesterday's appointment. Jenna sharing thoughts and feelings is pretty rare! When Dr. V asked about Jenna's activity level I was about to tell Dr. V that it's been great! But out of the corner of my eye I saw Jenna shaking her head "No". I asked her, "You DON'T think you have been active?". Again she shook her head "No". I said, "Really? You seem to Daddy and I to be more active." Again, the shake "No". It hit me then. I said, "Do you mean you aren't as active as your friends?" This time I got a "yes" shake. Ooooooooh, well, :(. She also, for some reason, asked me about the Humira Pen yesterday. I had no clue that Jenna even knew about the pens! I said, "Why do you want to know about them?" She said, "Well, when can I get them instead of the needles? That way I can just, *insert sound effect*, get it done." After explaining how the Pen works, getting the med in super quick, which makes it hurt worse, she was all set with the pen. :p I told her that if she changes her mind to let me know and we can get her the pen. After that discussion, she asked me if Jordan uses the Pen for her injections. Jenna looks up to Jordan SO very much!!! One day, they WILL meet! I told her. "No, Jordan doesn't get injections anymore. She has to get infusions for her meds. " Jenna then asked me to explain infusions.I told her that Jordan has to go to the hospital to be hooked up to an IV for hours to get her meds through the IV. Jenna's eyes bugged out and she said, "HOURS?!" I said, "Yes, it takes hours. How many depends on the med. But still, hours." To my surprise, Jenna said, "She's lucky." I'm sorry, SAY WHA?! I asked her, "You would RATHER have infusions??" She replied with a very somber, "Yes." Well that about knocked me off my chair.
And then there was this. Jenna always draws on the table paper at any appointment. But this was new. She has never been so expressive about her arthritis.