I was at work 5 days ago and my hands suddenly swelled, and I felt odd. I woke up the next morning feeling flu-like and out of sorts. I called off from work and went back to bed. I had every intention of going back to work the next day. I thought it was just a flare up. Turns out I had a double ear infection and sinus infection….along with a flare up of my autoimmune arthritis. Talk about feeling like dog poo.
I started taking biologics over 2 years ago. I have noticed that when I get sick, I feel almost immediately crippled by every one of my illnesses. I’m purposely taking an autoimmune suppressant so I can live somewhat of a normal life. It truly reduces swelling and helps significantly with pain control. The red flag is that when I get a cold it immediately turns into an infection that takes me weeks to fight off. It’s exhausting. It’s depressing.
So many people tell me “But you don’t look sick”…to which I would love to reply, “But you don’t look stupid”…My autoimmune diseases kick my butt daily and cause fatigue and flu-like feelings. Couple that will a sinus infection and ear infections and my body almost shuts down in defense mode. I work with kids who are adorable little germ magnets and I almost fear the snotty snifflers more than I would someone with a gun. Every infection can be serious b/c I take biologics….but it’s a choice I make to take the drug. It just sucks when I get sick and take forever to get better.