It was August 2017. I was in training at my new job as a 911 dispatcher, and when I wasn't working or studying for work, I was preparing for NaNoWriMo.
The morning had started like any other. An early chill had set into the apartment overnight without the crack of windows being present. The rise of the lower units’ heat had dissipated as they had lowered it down to rest easy through the night themselves. Looking through the broken blinds of the third floor bedroom I can see the gray clouds overhead as they are releasing their damp contents onto the world below.
I know I’ve been saying for a long time that I will do something lifestyle based and so, I am doing a lifestyle blog about things that happen on a day-to-day basis. I will be talking about my experiences with various things, some things will come back over and over again because my days are very much similar. If something else happens then it happens. Hopefully, you and I can get along and I can go along and tell you a little bit of a story about this experience I’ve had and then we’re going to talk about it. I’m going to discuss my reaction and my thoughts on the experience afterwards. Not only am I thinking about getting a dialogue going, but I’m also looking to make friends with people who have probably had similar experiences to me. Not only that though, maybe we can have a bit of a laugh and rethink this shit - maybe our minds can be changed and enlightened together. Or, you can just be here to enjoy the story and listen to me ramble on. If you want to read this in my voice then I kind of sound like a cross between Freddie Mercury and Scar from the “Lion King”. So get the full ‘experience’ there. So immersive.
Over the past couple of years I have noticed that my RA was causing me to lose my ability to do things that I was once able to do. It started out small, with things that really didn't bother me, you know like I was cracking my fingers more, to limber them up. my elbows would take spells burning I mean really bad, it would usually last between 15 to 30 minutes at a time and they would do that sometimes 2 to 3 times a day.
After a record low of 343,000 vacancies in April to June 2020 there has been an estimated record quarterly increase of 144,000 to 488,000 vacancies in July to September 2020; vacancies remain below the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic levels and are 332,000 (40.5%) less than a year ago.
Hello world my name is Reba and I’ve had lupus for 7 years now. Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. Lupus (SLE) can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. I was diagnosed at age 19 but before then it took about 6 months for the doctors to properly diagnose me. The first signs I had of lupus were stiffness. When I would sit down or stand up for long periods of time and move again I would get very stiff and it would be hard to move. I would get swollen knuckles and my wrists would swell up, it was so hard to open a bottle of water. At the time I had no idea what was going on with me, I thought maybe I was loosing my mind or something. I would often forget things and have Brain fog so if someone was talking to me and ask me a question on something that I clearly knew what it was I would pause for a few seconds and couldn’t remember anything it was very embarrassing. Then my hair started falling out in certain spots and I started getting rashes on my face and body. That made me feel very insecure and so I started wearing wigs and makeup, this all happened in one year before I turned 19.
Today, I was walking my son to school and we met up with a little girl from his class. She kissed her mum goodbye after crossing the last road and we walked up to the school gate together (I have a handover with a teacher for my autistic son, but other children enter the school by themselves.) My son skipped on ahead and the girl turned to me and said, “Your son is very weird sometimes.”
One of the main parts of the UK government's defence against the Covid 19 virus is a new contact tracing app which helps identify people you may have been in contact with who have the virus. When people are experiencing Covid symptoms, they must record it in their app to ensure that other people's apps can recognise this and let other people know that they have to take appropriate action and self isolate. The app has many different features which help people look after themselves when they are out and about. These include:
Like restless children on a car trip, we've reached the point of the pandemic when we're all asking "Are we there yet?"
For lack of a better, more all-encompassing word, I suppose you could call me a klutz. I have memorized the symptoms of a concussion, which let me tell you, is a lot more impressive if you know how many concussions I’ve had. I can easily tell you what pain medications you can and cannot combine, to the point that I’ve had friends shoot me a text to make sure they’re safe to overlap tylenol and motrin. My phone now automatically joins every urgent care wifi network in the greater Lansing area, and I have enough splints and braces piled up to last a lifetime, despite the fact that literally a year and a half ago I tossed out over 50% of the collection I had. And just like the crotchety old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn in a movie, I can tell you if it’s going to rain without fail thanks to at least seven different aching spots on my person at any given time. I’ve joked that I’m trying to get exposed to enough radiation to develop superpowers, because how cool would invisibility be, right? Or that I’m just trying to become the strongest (what doesn’t kill you is supposed to make you stronger, according to Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson), and that my “bad” luck of being accident prone actually just means that I have the really really good luck of, you know, still being alive.