My temporary filling was replaced with a permanent one on Tuesday and I'm happy to report that I'm not sick! The last two times I've had work done on this tooth, I've ended up really, really sick. It turns out that the root of the tooth is right against the floor of that sinus, and that I had a chronic sinus infection. So when the tooth had work done to it, that irritated my sinus and made me sick. A couple of rounds of antibiotics took care of the sinus infection and so I'm not sick. Yippee :)
Getting rid of the sinus infection has left me feeling quite a bit better than I did last month; I'm actually able to get up at a reasonable time in the morning and accomplish things throughout the day. I feel like I have more energy than I used to as well. So far, this hasn't translated into cleaning the house... but I have made supper this week. That's something I hadn't been doing before.
It's interesting that I'm feeling less tired these days because I'm not taking the Ritalin anymore. I'd been taking it for a while to help with the fatigue that I'd been experiencing but it seems that I don't need it now. It's also possible that the Ritalin was making me more tired, of course. Either way, I'm just as happy to not be taking extra pills.
Of course when my lower back is acting up (as it did yesterday), I have no energy. That may be a result of the pain pills I take to deal with the pain, though. I do need to talk to my family doctor about the pain there but I've decided to wait until after I see my oncologist in two weeks. If my tumour markers are up, then I'll get my oncologist to investigate; otherwise, I'll get my family doctor to start booking xrays. I figure that it can't hurt to wait a couple of weeks.