This has been a very trying time but, through research, I have learned a lot. A PSA for anyone suffering from immune system disorders/diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, if you are having any kind of dental issues…an infection in the tooth or pulp and are facing a tooth extraction, make sure your disease is under excellent control, that you’re not in a flare, and touch base with the physician that is managing the disease or disorder before having it done. And, after the procedure, if you feel a flare coming on, immediately get in contact with your doctor to see if there’s something that can be done to at least lessen the effects of it. In my case, doctors will not prescribe prednisone because I am a Type 1 diabetic as well and those 2 things do not play well together. I have a couple of other issues related to my RA (erythema nodosum and De Quervain’s tenosynovitis) that are currently causing intermittent pain and the only thing that could mitigate them is Prednisone but neither of my doctors’ will risk prescribing it to me. So I just have to deal with it. Do not take your immune system diseases for granted when you have any kind of infection because they will be impacted by it. Most of the time, we tolerate the effects but sometimes we cannot. I basically lost about 9 days and I now feel a bit disconnected from just about everything so I am pushing myself to get back into the groove and to reconnect with the people and groups that I have missed during this fun time. I feel some trepidation because of the disconnect that I’m still experiencing. It’s all on me because the people in SWW and ROW have always been so kind, welcoming, supportive, and loving. It’s just a matter of jumping back into it all. I always feel a bit awkward after an absence, whether it be my groups, work, or family. Just writing this has been a very good therapy session. Anyway, I just hope that this post might help someone avoid a flare like I had because of the tooth extraction. We all have to look out for each other. I’m glad to be back and am ready to start writing about writing once again. See you tomorrow!
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