Dealing With a Stomach Virus With Autoimmune Disease

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The idea of a common cold or stomach virus makes me cringe. The reason being I have several areas that has created a mass issue with my autoimmune system.

Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.

I am always hiding from those at work who come in sick. It makes me crazy because 1 day for them is 2-5 days for me. When I got home of Friday, I felt weak and went to bed very early, hoping that I would feel better in the morning because I promised my grandson a movie and Chuck E Cheese after. Waking up Saturday I felt a tad bit worse with stomach cramps. I was worried that my Colitis was starting to act up. This is always an issue because at this point, I must know where all the restrooms are and how much pain I am going to have with my stomach.

Before I discuss the stomach virus, I would like to add that my autoimmune disease is combined with Colitis and a few other diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypothyroidism, Severe Osteoporosis, and Heart disease.

Some other autoimmune diseases are as follows:  Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Psoriasis, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Myasthenia gravis, and Vasculitis.

With these issues many people have issues with basic germs others think is just some sniffles they will go away. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. With my stomach that started on Friday by Sunday I was in the thralls of stomach issues that had me double over, constantly going to the restroom, and feeling like I was having a heart attack. I now know the symptoms and don’t pick up the phone, but they are overwhelming non the less. This lasted well into this morning and caused me to come home by noon.

The way I deal with my diseases is to try to take preemptive measures. There are times that I am not able to be proactive but reactive. Colitis is one of those reactive measures. Eating has changed for me I will not eat anything spicy or with acidic. As I sit here talking about these challenges, I am wishing the pain would subside.

If you have any autoimmune diseases know you are not alone, make sure you see your doctor to come up with the appropriate plan. Being aware of what you have is half of the battle, the other is to take care of yourself. Getting old can be a pain but it can also be great if we don’t let our body call all the shots!

Damn this Thyroid of Mine!

Up until I was in my late 40’s I was considered to have hyperthyroidism, however, I am now dealing with hypothyroidism. I have medication that I have to take. The problem is I don’t go to the doctors like I should. I must now get a doctor appointment to refill my prescription and anyone that knows me understands that I do not like the doctors. I have had to see them more than not through out my life. I will say I am making an appointment because now I am exhausted to just be up. Having a pacemaker because my heart rates drops to the low 30’s with a very low blood pressure I am just setting myself up to be back in the hospital. If anyone has noticed throughout my posts, I am very hardheaded and want to do what I want to do on my time. Which includes making decisions with my body, even as it fights back.

Let me talk about the differences first.

With hyperthyroidism you can have shaky fingers when extended, warm and moist skin, overactive reflexes, and eye concerns.

Based on Endocrinweb.com, some of the common tests used to diagnose hyperthyroidism

•Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the pituitary will be decreased in hyperthyroidism..

•Thyroid hormones themselves (T3, T4) will be increased.

•Iodine thyroid scan will show if the cause is a single nodule or the whole gland.

With hypothyroidism you can be lethargic, can’t lose, weight, have cold feet and hands, and have mood issues.

Based on Mayoclinic.org, Hypothyroidism signs and symptoms may include: •Fatigue

•Increased sensitivity to cold

•Constipation

•Dry skin

•Weight gain

•Puffy face

•Hoarseness

•Muscle weakness

The biggest issue is to have either hyper or hypothyroidism. With out taking the right precautions and dependent on the TH levels you could become sick or more importantly effect other parts of your body. It is amazing that such a small gland within your throat can affect your heart, eyes, brain, and many other areas.

I have given a small rundown of why I am talking about thyroid issues, some things that happen and what to look for, if you want to make an appointment you can always try (in some US states and I am not sure Internationally) your local doctor, the Mayo clinic and Kaiser Permanente. With international people viewing this post, check with a local doctor. Remember there are always similar signs that might lead to something else or absolutely nothing.

I can only suggest having yourself diagnosed. Now, I get to crash because staying awake is just too difficult with my thyroid being out of whack. I will post when I get the medication. Actually, I am sure everyone will know because I will be posting some upbeat information and thoughts.

Think I am making myself fat

Here I am saying I am going to drop 20 pounds Here I am saying I am going to drop 20 pounds and find myself drinking my favorite drink, Pepsi and snaking on vanilla wafer cookies. YES sugar… Okay, so this is making me too tired to even exercise so I will have to have this blog help me along. If you remember a few posts back I had been in love with a man. Let me tell you I was in love with how I was feeling. I need to loose this weight and tighten myself up. I know I am older (5 years to be exact) and that after 50 you gain at about 10 pounds a year, I guess I will knock of 2 years and hope my face tightens up in the process. How am I going to keep this up? How am I going to let my PTSD, anxiety, depression take a back set when all I like to do is give excuses for why I just climb in bed after I spend the day at work or the weekend cleaning and every other weekend taking my grandson somewhere.

I would hope running around with a 3 ½ year old would drop off the pounds but no, not even close. So I would say you have to start somewhere, right? Tomorrow, Sunday, August 10th I will get on my treadmill and/or eliptical to give it at least 10 minutes, then I will climb up on my DB method and follow it up with some stomach exercises. Pray for me, it will take more than just my words to make it through. Well lets hope these things will get me motivated. You know they do say inorder to climb out of the deep hole it is one step at a time and one step to a better life. I will leave you all this quote,

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway Here I am saying I am going to drop 20 pounds

Mimi and Her Fat

How is it as a Mimi my 3 ½ year old grandson gets in the pool with me and starts jiggle my belly.

I mean really, my belly. Okay, I know at 54 I have put on a little extra weight and I keep looking in the mirror. Telling myself I’m going to do something about it but look at me now. Get my belly jiggled. What I do is thinking that doing a couple spot exercises and use my DB method. Oh yes, I am going to tone and lose weight in 2 days.

After all his laughing I went to head and decided to make the cabbage soup. Now my idea of cabbage soup contained cabbage of course, carrots, onion (does anyone else have the stink of onion finders afterwards? Ugh!), moving on, chicken bouillon, parsley. Now my version has one thing no other recipe I found has, bacon. For all the bacon lovers it makes the taste much better. I am not even a bacon person but happy when I add it. The aroma and taste are wonderful.

This Mimi, at 54, has stated I am going on a diet, so my grandson stops grabbing my stomach. However, I love food, the insanity of it all. Anyways in about a month or so I’ll post a conversation on how much I have lost or gained. Hopefully he won’t be grabbing my stomach anymore, making the squishy squishy sound. Now this is Mimi’s (my) life on this wonderful Tuesday night.