I'm the other mother - or Momma Deb. Our family is pretty much like every other family in suburbia. The girls go to school, one mom is on the PTA boards of elementary and middle school. The other mom goes to work, paints, writes, and tries to just have a good time raising kids with her partner. This is my third attempt at blogging...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


It was about 9:30am as we made our way into the city across the Bay Bridge. We couldn't even see the city at first, due to the fog. As we passed Treasure Island, the city's buildings were finally visible – well most of the buildings were visible. The tippy-tops of the taller ones were obscured by the thick clouds which enveloped most of the western end of the city. We thought, "Oh great. It's going to be damp cold in the city today."

As quick as a shiver passes, we approached our exit into the city at Fell Street – and the sun
shown brightly and it seemed as if we had been transported into a wholly different place and time!

Ah, micro-climes, gotta love 'em!

So, we drove through Golden Gate Park to take a meandering route to the medical building, scoping out what we wanted to do after seeing the doctor. We decided it would be nice to wander the botanical gardens later on.

Our appointment was for 11am – the doctor didn't show until 11:45, and then rushed through the exam. (This was the attending rheumatoid pediatric physician; we saw the attending for immunological disease last time.) At the end of the exam, she said that Katie needed the corticosteroid injections, but that she couldn't do them as she had other patients booked and backed up. I was not amused – since this means we need to make another trip BACK to SF for the

On a positive note, she said the prognosis for Katie's RA condition is good. It could go away eventually – her Moms can only hope. Again the doctor expressed the most concern
regarding the uveitis link – that's where our vigilance is required. The one concern she expressed was that the arthritis usually presents much earlier in children - but that it is not unheard of to present at 12 years old.

So, that's where we're at right now.

We spent the rest of the day milling through the botanical gardens, taking pictures, watching turtles and birds, and watching hawks. The weather was perfect! And better than on any weekend when there are far too many people.

Next time we hope to go to the flower conservatory where they have a beautiful butterfly exhibit (yes live butterflies!) we want to see.

(Megs is in front of Katie)