We’ve all heard by now that the steroid, dexamethasone, is useful in severe COVID-19 cases, including a current high-profile one. Well, it’s also used sometimes after dental surgery, to help keep inflammation in check and promote healing. And what they say about the possible side effects in susceptible people is true!
Around six years ago, I had some dental work done. Knowing that I often have a hard time recovering, my dentist prescribed three days of dexamethasone. It really helped keep the pain and swelling down — but, boy, did it make me hyper! I was almost manic and the drug swept aside my usually-present inhibitions around decision-making considerations.
“Would you please, please just stop talking for a minute”, my family would say. I didn’t tweet 13 times in 45 minutes, all in caps, but then I am not on Twitter. I probably would have if I could have!
What I did do was go house hunting online, convince my husband to go to several open houses, and then (together) make an offer on a (wonderful) new house — all in three days! Now, I had been thinking of possibly house hunting at some point so that I could get my son into the school catchment we wanted for him. But we were not actively in buying mode until… the drug! I’ve told my dentist that he should now be responsible for my larger mortgage!
What you need to understand is that I am a “muller”. That is, I mull over decisions and almost never take such a quick and decisive one. But from now on? Just give me steroids, and I’ll get on with it!