Hi fellow lupies! I've been feeling down. I'm tired of all the meds that I'm on right now. I feel like a drug store. Last year I was diagnosed as having lupus. Years ago, it attacked my kidneys and they thought that what I had was vasculitis. I've been very responsive with prednisone, but that gives you such a beating.
So, because of the Kidney issues, I'm on three different blood pressure meds (one of them a diuretic because of the prednisone).
Because of the prednisone, my doctor pushes calcium at me.
For the lupus, I was given plaquenil, which apparently (due to a new flare) isn't enough to hold me in remission. She now wants to go to Imuran (I think that's the name...its a chemo drug), leaving me on plaquenil.
Add to it that I was apparently blessed with high uric acid (gout) she has given me allpurinal.
I'm hating everything that I need to take. As I mentioned, I'm seemingly in the middle of a flare. My sed rate is up around 53 and there was a couple urine tests that were off (some ratio tests with creatinin).
So, I'm feeling really low today. Any pick-me-ups?
Larz I don't know what to tell you because I'm not in your shoes. I just wanted to wish you a happy day! Try to go to a moive or call a funny friend just to take a few minutes for yourself and not think of everything!
Dear Larz77, Like Liz says, I look to my funnier friends, for amusing books & movies (DVD's if I don't feel like braving the crowds). Sometime I just look for anything I find lovely or transcendent, music, mostly. Sometimes poetry.
In short, anything that takes one out of oneself a bit. A nice cup of tea. Giving yourself permission to rest & nap, as needed.
Mustn't forget doggies, either (or cats, or ???). If you're an animal lover, that is... Make a pet-owning friend pay you a visit if you enjoy pets but don't have one of your own. When I first moved almost 2 states away, after school, I used to borrow pets for my mental health. That was years before I got Dx'ed, but I still remember the void those dear little "loaners" filled. All best wishes, Vee (P.S. Check in again soon, OK?)