Day after surgery. Already looking better! Kinda surprised some I don’t heal very fast at all! One pleasant side effect – if you look past the horrible cut – Angelina Jolie lips. At least until the swelling goes down.
So it’s been a while since I wrote because I’ve been dealing with some health issues. Surprise, right!?
Back in April I noticed a smallish blue/purple bump forming on my lip. It didn’t hurt and I thought it was a bruise at first. But it didn’t go away and by July I decided that I need to see some one about it. My primary care doctor recommended a dermatologist… A few weeks later the dermatologist biopsied it and the results came back benign but the process of collecting the tissue sample inflamed the area and it began to grow and bleed almost constantly.
I journeyed another hour away to see another doctor and was told that it had progressed into a pyogenic granuloma. But since it was in the middle of my face, he felt that I should see a plastic surgeon for the removal.
So after 4 doctors visits and almost 6 months this is what I’m left with.
Hopefully the healing process will go well and it won’t return. A pyogenic granuloma is a inflammation and irregular growth of vessels and capillaries in a localized area. They don’t currently know what causes them (although they tend to be found commonly in pregnant women – and NO! I’m not!) I’m curious if it could have any link to my Lupus or APS….
… And not the delicious finger licking kind either.
Did you ever wake up in the morning and feel like Bruce Lee just roundhouse kicked you in the ribs.
We’re supposed to be getting some bad weather in the next few days and Mother Nature thinks it’s a great idea to make me a human pain barometer every time!
Hope you all are feeling better than this!
Recently I’ve been thinking about my first flare and whether there were any signs or some kind of signal that could have foretold the pain that I was soon going to be in.
Pretty sure a flare feels exactly like being trampled by a T-Rex.
And I’m starting to think that (for me mind you) my immune system whacked out much sooner that I initially realized. While I was initially diagnosed with Lupus and APS in the Spring/Early Summer of 2010, my joints and legs had been painful since the very beginning of January. I waited several months before seeing a doctor about my joints for two reason; fear of what they would tell me and a lack of insurance.
Looking back, I think my immune system might have been trying to tell me something was wrong much earlier than that. The Spring/Summer before my diagnosis I had was dealing with a horrible bout of multiple UTIs AND yeast infections. Within a 5 to 6 month period was treated for 5 UTIs and 2 yeast infections.
Now maybe you’re thinking – “So what? I’ve had a yeast infection before” – but I had NEVER had either of these two things. A 24 year who suddenly has multiple UTIs and yeast infections with no history of it before then. It was weird. Not only that – the medicine didn’t seem to work. I went through several different antibiotics in an attempt to find the one that would kill the germs. A few months after I got those issues under control, I was hit with the fatigue. At the time I didn’t think much about it. I had just graduated from graduate school and was searching for a full time position while working at a local store. I was busy and thought it was just stress. But it got worse. To the point where I would come home and beg my boyfriend at the time to just go to bed instead of going out (my exhaustion eventually caused the boyfriend and I to break up (among other things), thank god). And by the end of the winter and I was in a full blown flare.
Hindsight is 20/20 – at the time, I had no idea that all these crazy things happen might be related to each other (technically, I still don’t but it makes sense to me). Skip forward a few years, and low and behold – it’s happening again. This Spring/Summer I’ve been dealing with multiple sinus and ear infections (and multiple antibiotics) and now soul crushing fatigue (and oddly enough, insomnia). Maybe I’m wrong. Hell, I HOPE I’m wrong. I don’t want to go through the pain of another full blown flare – mini flares are bad enough.
I don’t know if you can call this a Lupus related post or not. Last week my husband and I got to go on vacation!! And we chose …. New York City! It had been ages since I had visited and my husband hadn’t been since he was 9!
We did some tourist stuff… Walked around Times Square. But mostly we played it easy.
The Cloisters were beautiful on a rainy Tuesday morning.
Let me tell you flying with aching ears is a bit€h.
When we got home I saw the doctor – got allergy meds – got worse – saw another doctor – got antibiotics. Doc decided that whatever it started out as it had progressed to my lungs and was the start of bronchitis. I was told to take meds and stay home for two days.
And here is where my conscience kicked it. I’m Midwestern – missing work is a horrible thing! While I had gone to work Monday – I took Tuesday off to go to the doctor and then rest. When the doctor told me to take another day off I panicked. I had just gotten back from vacation! I had already missed over a week of work and I had an important assignment due on Wednesday! I COULDN’T MISS WORK!
So I went to work. Against doctors orders.
I had gotten the assignment done around lunch and thought about cutting out early to go home and rest but I figured I was already there no use in leaving early. So I stayed. Mistake.
Wednesday night my cough kicked back in with vengeance and my ears (which had gotten significantly better since New York) started hurting all over again. So here I am – Thursday – missing another day of work because I didn’t listen to my doctor.
In some ways this does tie in with Lupus. Many others out there have the same problem missing work as I do – they feel lazy or like they are slacking off when their health means they have to take a time-out. Maybe even co- workers make fun of you for missing days. Ignore them- do what’s best for your health. If you have sick days – use them if you need to, don’t hoard them.
It’s advice I’m trying to take myself.
So several months ago I decided that I was going to start reblogging again. Good idea – bad timing. I work full time in a field that every 18 months has an “outage” period where full time staff work gruelling hours. Usually this crazy work period only last for about 30 to 60 days, but during that time I work somewhere between 70 and 80 hours a week.
Needless to say it was a bad time to try to start blogging again.
I know that there are a lot of people with Lupus that have symptoms that are so severe that working full-time is impossible, so I am grateful to be able to handle working full time. But the 70-80 hours weeks take it out of me.
The extended hours have been over for a few weeks and my body is still trying to catch up – with sleep and rest. Right now I’m stuck at home because of a flare. This last weekend a huge storm front moved through the area and my joints decided to rebel. Does anyone else have mini flares during severe weather season?