I love the Christmas season. The lights are wonderful, people are in the giving spirit, there are parties and delicious food. Yet for individuals living with a disease, like Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) it can also be a very stressful time of year.
Unfortunately, no amount of hand washing, sanitizer or isolation saved me from a viral bronchitis infection this year. You know that sick where it actually hurts to breath, move, eat, sleep or function? Yup, that’s been my life for the last couple of weeks and I know I’m not the only patient dealing with the flu right now (Erin’s had a bad chest cough as well for some time and she’s 7 months pregnant!). Should have, could have, got to busy and now it’s too late to get the flu shot. Little known fact but viral infections can’t be treated with medication so that means I’m on the “rest and wait to get better” train. With a compromised immune system already, this is turning out to be a long ride.
I know we’ve all heard it before but stress is not your friend. Between the several naps I’m now taking (it’s so hard to stay awake when you’re this sick!) I’m a huge fan of Ellen Degeneres (yay 12 days of give aways!), am finally getting caught up on my reading (I just finished The Book of Awesome) and occasionally get some work done from my laptop (thankfully I work for a very understanding and supportive company). And thank goodness for online shopping. I managed to buy all my gifts online and have them shipped directly to our front door so I avoided the insanity of the shopping centres.
Being sick has been a serious downer this season – I’ve had to miss a few parties, won’t get to participate in gift wrapping with my coworkers and I think I’ve gained a little weight not exercising but the holiday season also reminds me of how blessed I am to have a wonderful support system who thankfully, understand.