If you follow my blog you will know that I suffer with and autoimmune illness called RA. However, I also have other medical conditions and psychological conditions. Now for most people going to the Dentist may bring on a little anxiety but when you are paralyzed with fear that is a whole different dimension.
Prior to being diagnosed with RA I truly had not been to a Dentist in decades. When I got sick my teeth started to break and crack. During my RA Doctors first visit he talked to me about how important dental care is. I wanted to vomit. I looked at my wife as we walked out she said now you have to go to the Dentist.
Within the first year of having RA my teeth just went south. It was lack of existing yearly dental care and RA. When I got a tooth ache I would use any remedy I could come up with. I used clove oil for pain, teabags on the tooth, aspirin on the tooth coconut oil to stop the throbbing of the tooth ache. Then I got a nasty abscess. Having and Immune disorder and a raging infection in my mouth was dangerous. I was up for days. I had an appointment with my GP my partner told her I had a horrible tooth ache. My GP said this is something you cannot play with I want you to go to the Dental Clinic right now. I instantly started shaking We went two floors up. It was 3:30 exactly my partner went to the desk and explained the situation. The receptionist said we can’t see her. However, the floor supervisor came to me and said follow me. I was shaking, I was crying I was scared! My partner was holding my hand the supervisor said you will breath through this operation. I said operation what! She asked me to trust the process. I got a shot of novocaine and no pain. The tooth was extracted in about 5 minutes. I was ok! I wanted to tell the world but I got bad news I needed major work done on my teeth to keep me healthy. Their were plans made for many extractions root canals and then plans for my upper partials to be made and my lower partials to be made. It took 2 years to do. During this I have changed Dentist 3 times. I go to a clinic so they are students they only stay a year. I just had my last extraction done 2 days ago. The room was filled with all the Dental assistants who have been on this journey with me. My Dentist who is new to me was so surprised. The love I have for them helping me to get through this is unbelievable.
Having a root canal done. Unfortunately I had to have the tooth extracted. I wanted to save the tooth but it could not be saved.
Dental anxiety is real. On my chart it says Dental anxiety Do not be ashamed find a place that can accommodate what you are going through. I now know that I will be ok in the Dentist chair. I will always have the anxiety but I can do it and so can you!
I have a thickness others may call aweakness.
I am voluptuous and stellar during all my treatments
I am so glad that my body dimension is thick in the hips
Because when that needle hits it never misses
Yes I am lucky to be curvy and round
Especially during a time when illness has me held down
I have never been a bone o sorry once I was for a lover
She was a choclate delight who liked her women thin and no other
Well she is long gone and glad for that
Cause I would have put on this weight and she would have called me fat
With all I am going through that would not of went over well
So I married my wife and she is thick as hell
I have been growing my dreads for 20 years. They are below my waist. I usually wrap my hair in ornamental wraps however, these days that is hard to do to say the least.
I have been on Chemotherapy for a few years now and my hair has done it’s normal shedding. I have not noticed anything significant however, with dreads the hair that sheds makes the dread so I would not notice unless it just dropped out.
The thing with the type of Chemotherapy I take for RA can be a pill or an injection. I take the injection. It appears to work better for me now and has less side effects.
Being a Naturalist it affords me the luxury to not have to tangle with my hair on a daily basis. I love my natural hair. I am known to play with it twist it or coil it with my finger.
Growing up I really loved doing hair. I was always told I had growing hands. That meant if I braided or twisted your hair it would grow. Even as I aged I would always be creating a crown of glory on a friends head with baby locs or two hand twist.
I will sum this up. Methroxate has not made my hair fall out. I take folic acid pills and leave the comb alone and it works for me. It’s the journey not the destination that keeps me going. One day at a time.
This is me Kreakyjoints. Yess I pop when I walk or when I move. Sometimes it is rather funny but for the most part it hurts.
I was diagnosed 3 years ago. I was ready to get my grove back but life got in the way. Why did I have to fall! That rug in my kitchen I dislike it but it probably saved my life.
I am just your average woman next door. Now that’s a joke. Since my diagnosis my body has fought me RA is a battle. It battles my joints my teeth my skin my immune system and sometimes my soul.
I don’t want this to be sad but sometimes it is. However, I am determined to push forward educate others and remove the stigma associated with RA. It’s not your general Arthritis this is a whole different ball game baby. Follow me and you will understand.