If I decided to stay home from work whenever I'm in pain, I'd never go to work, so I often have to push myself to get going. There are certain symptoms, however, that will make me stay home.
1. Confusion. Sometimes, I feel so bad that I'm easily confused, and I make mistakes that if I were feeling better I wouldn't make. Like yesterday, my boss was asking me questions, and my answers made absolutely no sense to him or me. When I put Los Angeles on a FedEx envelope I knew was headed for New York, I knew it was time to go home.
2. Fever. If my temperature goes above 99.1, I head home.
3. Diarrhea. This symptom is not pleasant for me or anyone around me, so I stay home if my stomach is having issues.
4. Extraordinary pain. As I said, I'm in pain practically everyday, so I only stay home if the pain is so bad, I can't move. That pain usually involves my neck, back or head.
Once I've made the decision to stay home, I have to remind myself to get rest. That means no t.v., no internet, no reading. Well, none of things in excess anyway. I just have to remind myself not to go overboard. That's often hard for me, but it's the only way to feel better. With lupus, you have to remember to take care of yourself.