I apologise I’m sure this topic has been mentioned more than once...I’m a little confused, I was told to shield in March taking both hydroxychloroquine and Metho inject for RA... over the year the guidance goalposts has shifted slightly and my Rheumatologist suggests I’m in the Clinically vulnerable group not the extremely vulnerable group. I managed to ditch Hydroxy. But increase metho to 25mg inj. And was also informed by a new consultant I have inflammatory arthritis not RA... I am a little confused. I am an NHS frontline worker with Head and Neck cancer pts...which does involve Aerogenerated procedures and secretions etc, so there is a high risk element. Just before lockdown 3...I had planned to return, first time since March, but obviously that has changed some what now.
Due to the many conversations surrounding this and varying terminology used, I am really unsure where I now sit! My RA nurse says my disease is currently active and my in-house risk assessment states extremely high risk...now being less vulnerable...work are obviously very keen for me to return, with murmurs of redeployment as a lot of my role is normally patient facing ...I want to return and help my colleagues so much but I am so anxious about it not being safe....our hospital is so full!
Also, I have had 1 dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I’m very lucky..but am hearing that this may not be effective for RA or inflammatory whatever I have!..and how long does the immune response last?... if I am locked down for 3 months and then the vaccine wears off in 3 months...what then? ...I feel so frustrated hearing my poor colleagues so shattered and short staffed. It’s awful