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We really didn’t go to the doctor as children. As I became an adult, I avoided doctor’s visits as much as possible. Partly because of the cost and partly because anything aside from prenatal visits usually didn’t make the top of the list when I had free time.
The signs that I was sick, more than just regular sick, were present even as a child. I grew up mostly in the country and spent time outside digging in the mud or trying to catch grasshoppers. I would get terrible leg, joint and bone pains. I was never diagnosed with anything back then but it’s clear now that I had juvenile arthritis, an autoimmune disease.
On the bad days, I would think about those grasshoppers as I lay in bed rubbing my legs together for relief. I had once heard that crickets made noises when their legs rubbed together. With a symphony of cricket music…
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