Yesterday I was starting to feel better. Today I feel worse. This is one of the many frustrations with autoimmune diseases. A virus that might bring someone who doesn’t battle with their health down for a day can take at least twice as long to get over & the symptoms are usually twice or more as bad for someone with an autoimmune disease.
What is an autoimmune disease?
An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.
The immune system normally guards against bacteria & viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them.
Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells & your own cells.
In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body, like your joints or skin, as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. @healthline
It’s very frustrating to say the least when dealing with autoimmune diseases & chronic pain. A little virus can feel like a huge set back. I was, am, pretty sad that I won’t be able to take the trip to visit my family in Oklahoma this week. Placing pressure to get well faster & to having the energy to drive 20+ hours is just not mindful thinking. So instead I took the load off & am going to do a shorter visit for thanksgiving & fly out instead of drive. I also reminded myself I have a longer visit for the winter holidays. What’s most important is for me to get well.
So that’s what I’m going to do. Rest. Heal. Recover. #patience
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