Hi Ann . . .
The chat screen will allow you to type back and forth with several others. Usually there is no one in there. If you post a message letting people know you want to chat on "Monday at 8:00 pm EDT" then you might get one or more others to join you. When you pick a time, make sure you consider the difference in time around the world so you will be more likely to have someone join you.
Mom46 (Babs) and I used to chat at 2,3,4 o'clock in the morning as we would notice that both of us were on the boards and couldn't sleep. So one of us would just post a message to meet at the Lupus Chat room. If you sign in and try it out before you have an actual chat session, it would be helpful as it takes a bit to see how it works.
Sorry you are having the hand, feet and burning issues. I don't know how to help you with that
sorry. Hopefully one of the others will have an idea.
your dental issues . . . if you take prednisone, you'll want to get permission to up your dose the day before and the day of your dental work and then when you feel ok, you can taper back down. The stress on your body of having that work done can really cause a lupus flare and make all your symptoms worse. If you don't take prednisone, make sure you REALLY rest well before and after the dental work . . . because it will be a stressful day.
SO glad that your college experience is going well . . . Wooo Hooo!!!! and you've got a doc on board with the heparin!! It would seem that, as long as he is monitory CLOSELY your blood work, that it would be good to get it started . . . and then the proper doc can take over monitoring. Initially the blood work is done VERY frequently to make sure the blood doesn't get too thin. After you get consistent and appropriate readings, they'll likely start checking it monthly.
I hope you get some other responses for your questions!!
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