Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rheumatoid Factor: From Splints to Shots

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. 

Best laugh came from Martha Brockenbrough that I must play a mean game of ping pong. :~)

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. 

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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!


Devyn said...

I hope you have the relief you deserve. I too have RA & Sjogren's as well as other autoimmune issues. I'm not pain free but I feel much better than I did. As a writer, my hands are my income - I can't imagine the pain you're in. Many positive thoughts and mojo to you!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Devyn! You are so kind to comment. I'm sorry to hear you have such as well. Here's to many days of writing for us both!