Dad started having a few issues back in October, but we thought it was because of his arthritis in his neck that was causing the problems. In December he started having a rash. On December 23, he went to Same Day Care in Turlock to have it checked out. The PA that saw him did not even take his shirt off to look at his rash. She prescribed a steroid and antibiotics. After Christmas he still wasn't better. He went back to Same Day Care, and saw a different PA. She took blood tests and x-rays. Dad left for Texas, and on his way home he called Mom to say, " I scared myself when I looked in the mirror. My rash has come back, and one eye is swollen shut. I've lost my strength. " Dad was scared to get out of the truck because he didn't know if he'd get back in it. He made it home too late to go to the Dr. to find out blood results. They went in the next morning, and were told he had a virus in the blood. He was sent to the ER for a shot. He was supposed to start feeling better in 24 hours. Not so. They went for a follow up with their primary care doctor. He told them Dad had been misdiagnosed. He said it looked like something in his immune system was attacking the enzymes in his muscles. He did more blood work and sent it down to Southern California. It came back negative. Back at square one. Dad's muscles quit working in his throat, and he was having a hard time getting food down. Dad was sent to a rheumatologist, and he diagnosed him with Acute Dermatomyositis. It attacks your skin and muscles. He sent Dad to the hospital to get a high dosage of prednisone.