No More Hospital Stays
Yet, those of us with lupus will likely find ourselves in the hospital at some point or another. This Christmas, I’m sure many lupus patients would absolutely agree with the no hospital gift.
No More Pain
Most people with lupus live with some amount of pain on a daily basis, meaning that at any given point they will have some pain in their bodies. This can range from mild aches to quite extreme pain.
It can be caused by anything from arthritis to having parts of your body swell for apparently no reason. The pain can be a great inhibitor when getting through your day and make it more difficult to get things done, so a vacation from the pain for Christmas would be an absolutely welcome gift!
Being Able to Go out With Friends and Party!
Over the holiday season, especially, there are likely to be numerous parties and events we’ll be invited to that we’ll end up having to bow out of with great regret. Even though sometimes people take it personally, lupus patients are the ones who suffer the most from missing these social gatherings.
As the holidays are a time to get together with family and friends, catch up, drink and eat, we definitely want to be included in the festivities. It just sucks that sometimes our illness gets in the way of it.
No More Unsolicited Advice
Chances are anyone with chronic or long-term illnesses has been given advice by someone who thinks they can cure their disease. Whether it be through a magic diet the person read about on the Internet, or rubbing some kind of snake oil on their body four times a day, you’ll always encounter people who think they know better than your doctor.
Sometimes, people can even be slightly aggressive and rude about it because they believe they have the cure and you’re just refusing to take it. It can not only be annoying, but can ruin friendships and can even eventually cause harm to lupus patients.
Although eating a balanced diet is incredibly important (as is using whatever potion or tonic you feel helps you), it doesn’t mean it can replace medication or advice from your doctor. People who cease medication because they feel better on a certain diet can run the risk of doing even further damage to themselves and end up very ill.
It is important to always consult your doctor before trying a new diet, or if you’re feeling like you want to adjust the daily intake of your medicine.
A Happy Holiday Season for All
Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a combination of the holidays, most of us lupus patients just want a happy and healthy holiday season for ourselves and our families.