Wednesday, March 25, 2009

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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.


Daisy said...

Daisy's mom here:
I sure hope you feel better soon. I do recall, decades ago, when I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth out; I felt that sharp, bony feeling and wondered if it would go away. It took a while, but slowly the jagged part went away and became smooth again.

Renee said...

Oh,Maureen, I am so sorry you are going through so much right now. Please know that I have missed your postings and encouraging notes and I am praying for you to regain your strength and healing.

Anonymous said...

Sending you a smile and a hug~ looking forward to you coming back soon feeling better. :)

One Mom said...

Sorry to hear of all your challenges but it's good to "hear" your voice again. Doesn't it just seem that our "issues" conspire to come at us one right after the other, hardly giving us a chance to catch our breath!?

As my dear Daddy used to say to me,"Hamg in there!"

Tiglizzyclone said...

I was wondering about you and what happened to you. Glad that you are still there. I hope you start feeling better!

Debra said...


I am sorry to hear that you are still dealing with that darn infection. Please take good care of yourself and know that I am thinking about you.

Things will get better soon. Spring is here and soon, everything will seem brighter.