Friday, June 26, 2015

NO COOTIES ALLOWED!!!! Those Pesky Opportunistic Infections

The tell tale scratchy throat...the sudden cotton mouth feeling...the twinges of copper metallic taste...oh I knew what was developing...the dreaded...

T...H...R...U...S...H


A simple increase in my immune suppressing medications and the need to use my asthma inhaler was all my mouth needed to have the scales tipped in the wrong direction!

It sucks that it is such a delicate balancing act to keep any infection at bay, but for some reason...thrush seems to be the
"GO TO" infection these days.

What many do not realize is that even though my immune system is in hyper drive attacking me, it is also missing important components to protect me from getting sick.  This is a multilayer issue...because I take strong medications to suppress my immune system to try to control the lupus and because my immune system is lacking key features to fight off certain types of infections.  


if you are sick...
please 
stay 
FAR 
away 
from 
me.


Trying to prevent getting sick has nearly made me a germophobe. Catching the common cold typically leads to pneumonia for me because of my asthma and compromised immune system.

Many people just don't understand the risk to people like me when they take their sick kids out and about or they come to work sick.  


HELLO...

CHICKEN POX CAN TRIGGER SHINGLES FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME......kindly keep your child home.  

After three bouts of shingles...I am done being polite about this. Chicken pox, while for most kids, is fairly harmless...it is highly dangerous for someone like me to have.  

Opportunistic infections can kill someone with a compromised immune system...so no I am not being overly dramatic.  Case in point, the young man in Florida who recently died from contracting a skin infection while swimming.

Flesh Eating Bacteria Kills Florida Swimmer


The last thing anyone wants is to get sick.  Having lupus is hard enough...I don't need any help feeling worse!  :P



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