As you all know, I've been struggling with a flare, but I feel like I'm on the mend. I'm able to get around a lot better these days, and I have enough energy to make it through my day. I start to get sleepy in the afternoon, but I make it through. It eases my mind a bit not to be struggling as much.
Speaking of ease of mind, the Lupus Foundation released its swine flu advisory last Friday. I was a bit frustrated that it took so long, but what are you going to do? Turns out that we should do nothing any different than we usually do. Lupies are more prone to infections when we're taking our immuno suppresive meds, so we have to make sure to stay away from sick people, but that's nothing new, right?
Whenever there's a flu outbreak, my husband Geoff freaks out more than I do. He always wants to just lock me away in my room away from the world. I've been dreadfully sick from the flu before. It almost killed me. Geoff never wants to go through that again, and I'm not to crazy about the concept either, but I don't want to hide from the world! Usually, I manage to get him to let me leave the house by promising to use hand sanitizer and promising not to let anyone touch me or breathe on me.
Lupies, we have to live our lives. We cannot wander around afraid of every bug out there. We should be cautious. If you know someone is sick, stay away from them. Don't even stop by to say "hi". I've had people who will tell me they're sick with one breath and then lean over for a kiss in the next. It's best just to avoid them all together if possible.
So don't be scared, be cautious.
Take care lupies!