RA in the Time of Corona

I know I haven’t posted anything about the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, but I suppose it’s because I’ve been trying hard to control my anxiety, which seems to always be at some level of “panicky” these days. Being a high-risk and immunocompromised person right now is making my “normal” anxiety and neuroses 100 times worse. So, basically I’ve just been trying to distract myself with different things: books, TV, movies, cleaning, laundry, junk food, social media, dumb Internet stuff. It’s not working that great, honestly.

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The Wrist


I got a very painful cortisone injection in my right wrist this morning when I met with the hand specialist/surgeon for the first time. She also recommended that I have surgery–a partial joint fusion. YIKES.

I don’t want surgery. But I also don’t want this debilitating level of pain anymore.

So, I’m supposed to see if the cortisone helps at all (it can take a week to start working!) and then see the doctor again in six weeks. I’m wondering if I should bother trying to get a second opinion somewhere else? Hmm.

A Little Update

I haven’t posted on here since January 4th?! Apologies to my (1-3) readers out there. haha. Seriously though, I’ve been really sick for about three weeks, I think? Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain (I suspect it’s gastritis from being on an antibiotic for weeks). My tension headaches have been raging nonstop, too. And I think I’m in the middle of a bad fibromyalgia flare-up. My right wrist is also still flaring…it hurts to do anything with my hand.

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Wrist-y Business

Illustration: Health Union, LLC

Just published: “Wrist-y Business”

My right wrist has been flaring up badly since the end of September. I’ve been trying to not panic, but this wrist has a long history of inflammation, pain, and damage. I’m getting it X-rayed today, actually. I suspect an MRI will follow. You can read more about my wrist “journey” in the article if you wish.

I hope everyone is doing well out there, despite the stress of the holidays!