“Normal People” sick is my way of saying I have a regular virus. It refers to a sickness that has nothing to do with lupus. It’s something like the common cold, cough, or sore throat that people get all the time.
Lupus can really compromise a person’s immune system. But in spite of this, I have a pretty strong one, and I am pretty lucky I don’t get sick more often!
Let me tell you, having lupus and being sick is NOT fun! (Which, I’m sure plenty of you know already.) I haven’t been “normal people” sick in years – I can’t even remember what it was like to have the sniffles!
All that changed for me at the end of January. I guess I was due! It started simply with a scratchy throat and a runny nose. My nephrologist quickly prescribed me a Z Pack.
*Quick note about the Z Pack. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem. If I take both doses (as prescribed) the same day, I have a really bad reaction. My immune system does not appreciate both doses being digested. Anyone else?
Anyway, the illness didn’t seem to be anything major. I’ve had similar experiences before so I let it slide a few days. Then, it progressed to a cough and caused me to sleep ten hours a day. And on top of all that, I couldn’t swallow!
A quick trip to the doctor (forced by my mom and boyfriend) informed me that I had strep. UGH! So, I was prescribed another Z Pack!! I experienced two consecutive weeks of continuous coughing and inability to swallow.
I started to get better slowly. My improvement was 1) because of the antibiotics and 2) because I made certain to get plenty of sleep. Then, I got worse. Thrush. Ick! Talk about nasty! Because of all the antibiotics, I grew a fungal infection in my mouth! Swish and swallow medicine I was provided helped cure it in a week, but oh my goodness! The whole month was just awful! I was sick for Valentine’s Day and I even missed class and work.
So, I’m curious… who gets SUPER sick when they get “normal people” sick? Who gets lucky and skims by without experiencing something much worse?