Category Archives: Methotrexate

The party’s over….or at least on hiatus

Well, it’s been two years since Caitlin had her last infusion of Actemra.  Two years since she took her last dose of methotrexate.   Two great years of remission – of vacation from almost everything we lived with her systemic juvenile … Continue reading

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Antibiotics Before the Dentist?

You may remember that my daughter’s dentist and I had a pretty rocky road to travel on the way to our current state of mutual respect.  Now, we routinely exchange information and I honestly feel as if he has come to … Continue reading

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Last Infusion – Fingers Crossed!

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear… not absence of fear.” Mark Twain Caitlin had her last infusion of Actemra last Thursday.  At least, that’s what we currently believe. It had been four months since her last infusion.  The … Continue reading

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The “R” Word

I remember the first time her doctor ever used the “R” word. It was Wednesday, May 10, 2006. We had an early morning appointment and I remember being hopeful, but cautious. We had discontinued Humira some six months earlier because … Continue reading

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Why The Dentist Is Afraid of Me…

When your child has arthritis – most doctors’ appointments are more than routine. It’s usually more than a “regular check-up”. Often, they involve an extra trip to the lab for a blood draw, or a swing by for some x-rays. … Continue reading

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Infusion #2 – Woo Hoo!

Last Wednesday, Caitlin had her second infusion of Tocilizumab (Actemra). In a nutshell – I give it a thumbs up and we are very hopeful! The whole experience was a huge improvement over the first infusion – which was naturally, … Continue reading

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Where We Have Been….

  I knew we would be here again… but I am sad nonetheless. Caitlin’s flare refuses to be knocked back after three pulses of prednisone. Her knees are grapefruits, and her hands and wrists are so swollen that holding a … Continue reading

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