I want to apologize for the long delay since my last post. Regular readers are probably aware not only of my daily health challenges, but also what I have been going through trying to get a surgery scheduled and done. I have been battling an infection that just won't clear, which is common for those of us who deal with multiple health issues, especially autoimmune ones. Right now my immune system just isn't working, and as a result the surgery has been postponed indefinitely. Until the infection clears we cannot take the chance of spreading it systemically during the operation. I understand this, but it doesn't make it easier to deal with.
Another thing I have been going through is what my dentist calls "remodeling" of my jaw. I had to laugh when he said that, I mean what person with chronic illness doesn't feel like their whole body has been remodeled (and not to their liking!). Seriously, I had a tooth extracted back in February and have been waiting for the site to heal completely since (see the above paragraph about how we don't heal quickly!). Last week I noticed a very sharp piece of something, which felt suspiciously like bone to my untrained finger, jutting forth from my gum at the site where the tooth had been extracted from. Sure enough, that is exactly what it is. Evidently when we lose a tooth the jaw "remodels" itself to adapt to the loss and shape itself accordingly (aren't our bodies fascinating things?!). Anyway, this piece of bone will eventually make its way out of the gum and out of my mouth. In the meantime all I can do is wait and use warm salt water swishes to help it along.
So my absence from the blogosphere has been due to numerous health complications that have drained me physically, emotionally and creatively. I appreciate your patience with me and will try to get back on track as my health allows.