Our pediatrician's office called yesterday evening with the results of my nine-year-old's blood tests. Unfortunately, they did find something---but it isn't nearly as bad as it could have been.
It seems that within the past month, my daughter had strep. She never had any symptoms of it, so she was not treated (nor tested). Untreated strep, however, can do bad things to the body---really bad things. It can spread to different organs in your body and cause serious issues. Luckily, hopefully, we caught this before it had a chance to really spread and she is being treated for it.
The ironic thing is, I knew strep can do this and every time the children have any of the symptoms (sore throat, headache, stomache ache, fever), I have them tested. She had no symptoms at all of it this time (her sister, however, did have strep in December). It's rather frightening to think one could have a potentially serious disease and not know it until AFTER it starts causing problems!
Our doctor will recheck her for the joint pain, but likely she will be fine. I praise God that we found out what the issue is and that it's treatable. Some of the other things they were testing her for (such as leukemia) I couldn't bear to even consider! I want to thank everyone who was praying for her---words can't even express how much I appreciate those prayers!