Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


Chronic Illness: Determined Adaptation

posted by mpratt

Maureen Pratt Author PicNever say “give up!”

That’s one of my mottos for life with lupus.

The flare that was stirred up after I had to go off one of my lupus meds has also made me extremely sun- and fluorescent light sensitive, which made it difficult for me to spend much time writing over the past couple of weeks. And, what was a befuddling problem has now shed light (please pardon the pun) on yet another way in which many us with lupus, or perhaps any chronic illness, must learn to make lemonade from lemons (with real sugar, please, not artificial sweetener!).

For many “lupies,” the UV rays, particularly UVB, can stir up lupus flares. For years, I was told to limit my exposure to sunlight (I’m particularly sensitive), and if i did go outdoors during the sunny part of the day, I had to wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, broad-brimmed hats, sun block, and protective glasses. This most recent flare also keyed me into a problem that I hadn’t really thought of before. A few months ago, I’d purchased a new computer. As my flare worsened over the past few weeks, I noticed particular problems if I sat in front of the computer for any length of time. The culprit, for me, turned out to be that the monitor was an LCD (fluorescent) model which, of course, for me meant more exposure to the very thing that could stir up a flare even more. Live and learn!

I have since purchased an LED monitor and am much more comfortable with it. Not so much the flare, which continues along its way. But, at least, one thing that was in my control has been handled!

Sometimes, “one more thing” can be the proverbial straw breaking the camel’s back. But by digging deep and holding onto determination, other times we can find ways to adapt, to take a bit more control, and to help ourselves along.

“Determined adaptation.” I like the sound of that. And, I like how it looks on my new, better monitor, too!

Blessings for the day.

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

Chronic Illness: The Gift You Give
If medical expenses and life in general is sapping your ability to be a major gift-giver, take heart - and give it back! Yes, it isn't too late to lavish your family and friends,

posted 7:17:14pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Three
When we enter a darkened room, what do we do? Turn on a light. There's an often complicated set of actions that takes place "behind the scenes" that we probably don't think about

posted 11:17:18pm Dec. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: Too Tired Too Soon?
Wow, I am behind. Behind in decorating, doing, and all else having to do with the holidays.  Too soon this Season, I'm feeling that bone-deep fatigue that comes with lupus, anemia (just found out about that), and activity.  Steer me clear of the furniture section of the stores! I'm a goner if I co

posted 11:05:26pm Dec. 11, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: Let a Song In
I like to drive with music on. A CD or a radio station - doesn't matter as long as the music is good. But when I really want to benefit from the power and inspiration of mu

posted 10:59:20pm Dec. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Food for Thought: Revisiting Rudolph
I feel a particular affinity for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, especially the claymation television special. It aired for the first time 50 years ago and has been a favorite for millions since. I even have a Christmas tree ornament depicting Rudolph, red nose all lit up! Rudolph has meant diffe

posted 10:49:07pm Dec. 08, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.