A few days ago, my elbow blew up. It swelled like a balloon for no particular reason. I then took something from the freezer and my fingertips turned bright red. I didn’t hold the thing for long. I was surprised. Where does this come from? Change of seasons? I’ve not been particularly stressed.
Various symptoms flared up. I became exhausted and last night I figured out why. I was taking my meds and noticed there was no Plaquenil. I take Plaquenil (and a Naproxen) twice a day. Apparently, I left the pill out of the evening slot in the pill case. I just wasn’t thinking.
It’s good news, really. It’s clear what this drug does and what happens if I go off it. After years of medical confusion, it’s quite a gift. I also appreciate that I was on half-dose while I found this out. I was spared me seeing the dogs come off the leash, fully.
To update, my body temperature is pretty much normal at this point. It’s close enough. I still have to wear sunscreen on my face – lots of it. One day without and I get sores on my face.
I also have to pay mind to any breach in my body that causes my immune system to kick into gear. Because that’s what Lupus is. I have antinuclear antibodies in my blood. When they activate, they attack healthy tissue from inside my body.
I have not had a serious illness so I don’t know how the ana will behave when I do. I understand that people like me should not run around having surgery for minor aliments because the healing process is bound to be fraught. But I can tell you what it’s like on a day to day basis.
If I have a cut…just a tiny cut on my hand or something, it will not heal on it’s own. I have to put some kind antibiotic cream on it and even more important, I have to COVER it. If I expose a cut to the sun, it does not dry up and heal. It’s does the exact opposite. It literally gapes open further and perverts, for lack of a better word. It’s bizarre. I can watch my body consume itself. Luckily, this can be addressed with a bandaid.
I tie this whole business to Pluto in Capricorn transiting my 12th house. Mysterious rotted skin…comes and goes on the tide.