Toni Braxton movie/Lupus

I tried to wait until at least Monday for another blog but…..

I’m sitting here watching the Toni Braxton movie and I’m watching her deal with Lupus. This hits me because this is something I was diagnosed with in 2009. I have cousins who are also dealing with this deadly disease and an aunt who passed away from it when I was a child.

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease) in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. There are many kinds of lupus. The most common type is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which affects many internal organs in the body. SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called flare-ups) alternating with remissions.

My diagnosis started when I was going to the emergency room so often in the Summer of ’09 because of extreme rashes, welts, and inflammation. I would have extreme anxiety or panic attacks with no explanation why. At the time my son, who didn’t have a license, would drive me to the hospital, bring his books to wait for me, and take me home and put me in the bed, literally.

After several primary visits, lots of blood work and testing, it was confirmed. Because I dealt with this alone at the time, my family has never taken me seriously about it. Sigh….

Anywho, to deal with my disease, we treat my anxiety. I was prescribed Sertraline to handle my anxiety. As long as I am allowed peace, protect myself in extremely hot environments, and attempt to exercise regularly, I’m usually ok. I work in a field that causes great pain to the joints in my wrists and I wake up with pain in the joints of my ankles. I laugh at the thought of being defeated by this mess….. Which leads me to a little humor……

Did Yall read my last post?

Anywho, that Bish was like “He said you take Sertraline because you’re crazy”…..Bish, you a nurse, you know what that’s for! And he knows the many times I had anxiety attacks and woke up looking like a blowfish. Don’t come over here trying to pass that crazy ish on me. I told Yall I’m very aware of my crazy!

Ok, that’s all for now. Time for me to “Wine” down and enjoy my evening. You do the same. Take care of yourselves!

 

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