Autoimmune Disease VS. The Flu

Interested in the most fucked part of winter? Catching the flu. I mean, in general it totally sucks, but as soon as you have an autoimmune disease or some other chronic illness, it actually sucks that much more. How much more? —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–At least that many dots more. For one, it’s easier for us to catch something. Our immune systems are already messed up so they don’t know what to do. Yes, we can take preventative measures (I did get my flu shot, make sure to get yours!) but they don’t make us immune.

IMG_1584Bed rest and too much Netflix.

I stared down at my coworkers early last week as they were coughing and sneezing. To make matters worse, I work in retail, so I additionally have to deal with the coughing and sneezing of customers. Even though I’m the Operations Supervisor, I never take a cash till (that’s another one of my preventative measures – money is disgusting). To be fair, I usually end up with a cold every year because they are impossible to avoid, but I haven’t had the flu in a few years.

IMG_1578My brother was in town (of course it would fall on the weekend I’m sick) so I pulled myself together for a supper out with him.

Welcome to Wednesday night, while at work my face went completely pale, I had a fever, and a sore throat. I went home and ended up with the flu. I hadn’t had something this bad since I was in LA six years ago (that was the worst flu I ever had). Alas a few days of bed rest, drinking some orange juice, lots of tea and lots of water seemed to wear it off. The cold continues to linger, but colds do that. My physical pain was also much, much worse with the flu. I suppose that makes sense since aches and pains are common flu symptoms anyway. I added my heating pad to my remedy mix, moving it around to different regions that were giving me the most pain (mainly my hips, ribs, and knees). Of course, with increased pain comes anxiety. You should’ve known better than to go near anyone sick. This could’ve been prevented. Of course, these things are not true but hindsight is 20/20.

GettyImages-492764226-1280x640Image from: https://themighty.com/2018/02/getting-sick-bug-flu-psoriasis-arthritis-hashimotos/

I’m hoping this is my only terrible illness of the season; out of the way early. To my fellow chronic pain warriors, I hope you don’t get sick this winter. And if you do, remember, that you are awesome and it’s just a bump you can get through.