So after 2 months of inflamed index finger tendons from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjogren's, the occupational therapist made me $400 splints for both hands. I was immobilized while I waited for the University of Washington hand surgeon specialist to weigh in.
The specialist determined cortisone shots were in order because I was non-functional. They were a doozy, right into the tendons. Special thanks to Justina Chen for taking notes for me and promising me a bubble tea when we were done.
Now we wait to see if the flare cycle is broken. The tendons remain swollen, but I'm up to about 65% of my normal activity. Which is a great blessing. The splints are still handy dandy for resting. For now, I am able to write! Onward!