Fight For Clay
Fight against Juvenile Dermatomyositis.My newphew Clay was recently diagnosed with this disease.What is it? Educate yourself.MAIN SYMPTOMS:Skin RashThe skin rash usually occurs on the face, knuckles, elbows, knees, and ankles. In some children, the rash may cover the whole body.Child's eyelids and cheeks may appear red or purplish, and the eyelids may become puffy. Red patches that look like dry skin appear over the knuckles, elbows, and knees. The cuticles may appear red and swollen as though the child has been biting them. Because of the puffy eyelids and skin rash, this part of the illness can look very much like an allergy and is often diagnosed as such.Weak MusclesThe body's central muscles, those that are in and near the trunk, such as the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, and hips will slowly become very weak. The muscles used for swallowing and breathing may also become weak. This happens after the central muscles are already affected and could be dangerous and be the reason the child with JDMS is admitted to the hospital.What you may notice: Your child is likely to have trouble with common movements such as climbing stairs, climbing into a car or a bus, riding a bicycle, or getting out of a bathtub. It may also be difficult to get up from the floor or from a low chair. Your child will probably have a hard time keeping up physically with children the same age, may fall more often than usual, and may often feel tired. Children with JDMS may also complain that their muscles are sore to touch.In very severe cases of JDMS, even the muscles used for swallowing can be affected. Your child may have trouble swallowing chunks of food such as meat and may choke on some foods. These same muscles are used for speaking, so your child's voice may become weak, and she may sound as if she is talking through her nose or simply run out of voice.Help usraise money for Clay and his family as they fight this battle.
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