It has been 10 days since the Blip on my health radar and I have been struggling ever since.
You have to hand it to the wonderful doctors at the hospital - they were spot on with their diagnosis for, sure enough, within 48 hours I woke up with the first symptoms of a cold!
That was in addition to the original symptoms which took me to the hospital in the first place.
On that Monday (16 June), my GP diagnosed pleurisy, active SLE (lupus) and hypoadrenalism; most likely caused by exposure to a virus somewhere.
We decided to avoid antibiotics for as long as possible (because I am allergic to most of them) and to 'wait and see'.
My overactive immune system usually takes out any passing cold virus quick smart but the trick is in preventing it from taking me out along with it!
That means official rest orders and a change of meds for a while. In this instance, 'rest' means "no extras", not even hydrotherapy - just the basic daily tasks while trying to delegate everything else.
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I was also advised that "the excitement of a football match is not recommended for someone whose adrenal glands are not equipped to cope", quickly followed by the quip that, "football fans are all nutters!" Thanks very much, Ms GP!
Quite frankly, I doubt that going to the football made any difference at all. My response to the football is the same in real life as on the telly, except I am happier at the football where I celebrate the ability to get out and about.
Learning to 'rest' can be very difficult when one is active with family and household responsibilities and the urge to be busy.
This is where crochet helps my sanity, and, I must admit, on a wintry, wet, cold and stormy day, the thought of sitting on the sofa, cuppa and crochet in hand, is most attractive!