What we thought were little red bumps starting out as the chicken pox last night took a very surprising turn today sitting in our pediatrician's office. Julia was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called HSP or Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (if you know German). It is a disease where her blood vesicles swell. Her whole little body from head to toe is covered in bright red bumps that hurt and her joints (fingers and toes) can easily become inflammed and swollen.
Her doctor thinks that in about a year (the average time this autoimmune disease lasts) her little body will overcome it. There can be some very serious and even life threatening effects of this disease such as kidney disease/failure and her bowels can almost twist themselves into a knot (because the vesicles could swell so big inside her). She has a fever off and on, is very clingy and in the middle of playing she'll just lay down on the floor.
Could you please pray that she can remain as healthy as possible during this time. We're not sure how long the spots are going to last, most likely for several months. So you won't be seeing us in the nursery to greet you for a while and hopefully Jeremy and I can make it to church taking turns staying with Julia.