Autumn: cooler weather, back to school, colds and flu

It’s back to school season.  Yellow school buses with red and yellow lights have joined the morning queues.  Soon the few leaves that have started to tint their way to autumn colors will be joined by thousands of their brothers and sisters… red, yellow, orange, and brown.  Now that I’m back in the north east, I’m very much looking forward to fall colors.

With the changing seasons, changing ways to cope.  I’ve already broken out my fingerless gloves and am looking forward to this season’s batch of them to hit the stores.  It’s interesting to see how technology has changed them.

I’ve added disinfecting wipes to my desk at work.  With heaven knows how many different fingers pushing how many different buttons on the elevator, door knobs, etc… I’ve taken to using more and more of them.  With kids being back to school and in closer proximity to other kids,  colds will start making the rounds all too soon.

I’ve started seeing things about bolstering your immune system on TV to help us to stay healthy and even touted on facebook as a way to help with RA symptoms.  Forgive me here, but… the last I checked… the reason that our bodies are pissed off at us is that our immune system is entirely too bolstered, in fact it is in overdrive and it is attacking us from the inside out.  I’m not sure trying to bolster it would be a great thing.  And many of us are taking drugs designed to dumb down our immune system.  We are taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS) at the very least and many of us are taking biologics in an attempt to trick our immune system into not attacking our bodies.

We need to be mindful, but not paralyzed by, those germs, viruses and bacterium that are likely to be waiting out there where you least expect them.  Avoid when you can, disinfect when you must.  Enjoy the season.

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