I'm going to try to make this a quick one.
Not too much exciting stuff going on at the moment other than the daily grind.
I've been in Lupus Flare that I believe was brought on by a really bad sinus/respiratory infection that took almost 3 months to get rid of. Actually, I'm still fighting the tail end of it.
Flares suck because they cause lots of inflammation (translation - water retention) and they make my joints feel like I am trying to use them with via a Nintendo game controller (did I just date myself, lol). And I am just so tired. I feel like I am waking up from anesthesia or after a night of heavy drinking and might still be buzzed. Every. Single. Day. It definitely makes getting up to exercise more of a challenge than normal for me since I am not a morning person anyway.
I am also frustrated because I hate that I have to use the spoons* I do have to go to work, so I am missing out on things I want to do.
The treatment is a heavy round of steroids which can also cause bloating and weight gain. Thus I have gained 20 pounds in 3 weeks. I know it's not real, but still frustrating.
Anyway, I am here, reading blogs, tracking when I can, trying to be happy with 5000 steps a day rather than 10,000.
I have another race this weekend and am spending Saturday night and Sunday with my 2 childhood besties, so that will be a nice treat.
I hope you are all well. I'll try to check back in after the race on Sunday :).
*If you aren't familiar with the spoon concept, here's a link:
The overall feel is a bit more woe-is-me than I tend to be, but it gives a good general idea of the choices you have to make when pushing through/burning the candle at both ends/etc. isn't an option. I think it also applies to anyone with any kind of chronic illness - physical or mental.