There is Still - "NO CURE",... for "JUVENILE AUTO-IMMUNE ARTHRITIS" (Also known under many types such as,... Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Systemic, Lupus, Psoriatic Arthritis, etc..... ) and with some types/children, the disease not only attacks their Joints, Bones, Muscles, Kidneys, Hearts, Lungs, etc,.... it also attacks their EYES as well,....known as "Uveitis". There are currently, Only Medicines to help "Slow" the joint damage, growth problems, sight problems, including blindness, skin, scalp & nail disorders, fatigue, pain, and emotional problems, including how they can seem-look "normal",... and people not knowing how they are suffering from this horrible disease. We need to find a cure!
Thank you to Everyone who helps raise awareness for Bailey & the 300,000 children,... "living" with any type of this horrible auto immune disease. These children didn't ask for this life that they were given,.... They just have to live it, - the best they can - With our help - And with God's Hand.
We SO MUCH appreciate the Doctors, (Pediatricians, Ped. Rheumatologists, Eye Specialist, etc...) Nurses, Dentists, Theapists, Lakeshore Staff who help keep her moving, and all.. who help with JIA & Uveitis!

Two of the Medicines Bailey has been on for 6 years now is Methotrexate (Chemotherapy drug-used at a smaller dose than cancer patients) We have to give her an injection of this medicine each week at home. Also, her Remicade IV Treatments are a Biologic Medicine made with a mouse protein and are extremely expensive. (The latest insurance EOB is billed at over $15,000.00 Each Treatment!!!) --No wonder Insurance Companies are trying to make these kids people try Cheaper drugs first,... Dangerously letting their disease Progress!!!!) So even WITH Blue Cross, or other expensive health insurance, this leaves a huge burden for families.
AND - of course, the Organiations who work "Daily" to "Raise Awareness, Funds and Research" to help find treatments, better medicines,... and strive for a CURE! Such as "The Arthritis National Research Foundation" in Long Beach CA, "The Arthritis Foundation", The EYE/UVEITIS Research Groups, The Many Many Various groups and people who help ad have helped spread the word & Baileys Video & Message, to raise awareness,.... and Of COURSE - The SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS of Juv Arth Research!!!! You may think your voice is small,.... but it is HUGE to families like us! Thank you for Speaking Out & Speaking Up!

NOW: The "Must See Video" & Other Videos & Links are below to the right, under "VIDEOS & Links"!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Update: Stilll waiting,..... and hoping,... and fighting,...

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Well,.... round one of the "In Home Infusions" failed.   Next, the appeal,.... well after several hours on the phone with Drs office and mostly Insurance Company, R/X Company,...... finally got a letter stating the R/X Remicade Med. is covered under our insurance (which we KNEW, she was onit almost 8 years !?!?!) ----- but nothing about the In Home Infusions - that we are wondering about !!????!  WOW !!!!  How hard is it to get 1 answer from BCBS Insurance ?!?!?!  We are just WONDERING " IF " it is a Possibility to do this or not!!!!!!   And if so, can we afford it????  So far so many roadblocks, yet we keep repeating the Same information to Several People Involved ?!?!? IS HOME INFUSION THERAPY OF REMICADE COVERED UNDER BCBS & IF SO ...... $$$ HOW MUCH WOULD WE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ??????!!!!!  UGH...... !!!!!!
      They were$16,000.00 Each, when we had to stop them and switch to Humira,.....  Why is it SO hard to get an answer ???!!!!   Meanwhile, she is dealing with more meds, more dry, flacky,  plaque psoriasis patches on her body and scalp...... more emotional rollercoasters,..... attitudes from ____, Complaining and fighting against meds - even hating the drops and ointments for the psoriasis spots, that help her.... and NOW she catches a COLD ?!?!?!!   OMG !!!!!   So - No Humira last week for her, since it would bring her immune system down even more, and the flu scare is rampid enough right now for regular people, let alone Immune Suppressed Kids !!!  UGH !!!! Which means more soreness & Pain & Grouchiness !!!!!!
     OK,... Tantrum DONE!  Time to put on my BIG GIRL PANTIES and get back to business,... well,..... Life - Church, Friends, Home School,  Bible Study, Classical Conversations Classes, Appointments, Swim Therapy, Lakeshore Foundation, Piano, housework, declutttttering many piles, trying to get more organized before I have a stroke (lol) , Back to Insurance Companies, R/X Plan companies, Middle Men, etc, etc, etc...... WHY do we hold on sometimes?...... JESUS! The Only reason Im still here ! :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Looking into IN HOME INFUSIONS ........

We'll,.... It's a new year and these painful Humira shots every week, just are not working, even with the other Meds.  The psoriasis part is showing it's ugly head everywhere.  Legs, elbows, scalp, tummy, and now her face ?!?!  One Angry Momma!!!!!   Her emotions are all over the place :(.  

SO.... I have spent the last couple weeks looking into Home Infusion Therapy for the Remicade, to go back on it.... IF we can afford it!   Insurance is a joke sometimes!!!! When we had to stop these infusions over a year ago, they were billed at over $16,000.00 EACH!!!!    BCBS doesn't pay much of that at Children's Hospital, so I'm looking into how much they would be if a RN came and gave them to her at home.....  Allready made several calls to dr office, insurance companies, pharmacy part of insurance, drug company.... Spent days on the phone back and forth with insurance company just for them to LOOK INTO the possibility of this!!!!!  Because of allergic reactions possible with Remicade they may not do it.  And also they said, I'd have to find an In home infusion therapy company that would come out and stay however many hours needed to run the infusion. :( :( :(.

I'VE SPENT THE LAST EIGHT YEARS ,- ( while she was on Remicade and still in pain and cells attacking her body and especially her eyes,.... Trying to blind her, And that it's made from "mouse protein," (which no momma wants put into their child's body) and her body begins to reject it after a while, (because it's foreign)... and she has always been way over her Max doseage of it,... While taking the low dose Chemo, methotrexate and other Meds AND eye dr treatments,... Drops, etc..., and having to see her Nephrologist often due to blood and protein in her urine, and having the kidney biopsy done.... . And in fear each and every day waiting for the side effects to pop up, ..... Mostly the lymphoma cancer-especially since she was over her max doseage for years!!!!) - HATING THIS DRUG.... Now it's looking like it's the only thing that kept her with less flares and closer to remission.... Although we've never reached remission in the eight years since diagnosis at age 2 !!!!!  She has had to endure so many RARE SIDE EFFECTS of the disease and the drugs, it's ridiculous, when some people can use one pill or shot monthly, and go into remission!!???!

I thought the Humira may have been a blessing in disguise, (when we lost help from CRS and could no longer afford the thousands of dollars per treatment)... but it comes with it's own problems.... Especially the fact that it burns bad going in, even after numbing cream for two hours and ice packs, she still runs from me, hides, and screams!!! :(  and she is now taking over the adult doseage of this!!!! With two other Meds..... And the psoriasis part is appearing more and more! She is sore a lot, especially feet, legs, hands ( which doesn't help with doing her homeschool work) and back/neck.... She doesn't sleep well, and her emotions are all over the place!!!!!!    But to look at her, most times, you can't tell there is anything going on in her little body, but there is SO much happening!  Her body is fighting against itself and can not shut off, thus causing all this damage!!!  Something has Got To Give !!!!!!!!