On Remembering You’re Imunocompromised

So… I’m sitting here freezing even after my hot bath. It isn’t all that cold, but, yeah, well, it is what it is. Raynauds… the gift that keeps on reminding you it’s there… and MTX… and… eh….

More than that, though, I’m toughing out a “boo boo” on my finger. It was a little burn on my knuckle a couple days ago. Today it’s screaming… nothing green and slimy in it, so I’m thinking it isn’t way infected… and I’m pouring buckets of peroxide over it. But it reminds me that I’m a dumb ass and I need to pay attention all the time and I have to be careful all the time.

I need to remember… I need to sing Happy Birthday twice when I wash my hands. I need to wash my glovies all the time. I need to remember that I don’t know who touched the door handle last, and that could mean I catch whatever was on their hands.

And that it is cold and flu season…
and that money is germy
and that kids are germy
and that if you don’t sleep your already sucky immune system gets worse

There is also a point, though, where I also realize that if I’m as careful as I’m “supposed” to be… I will miss out on things like the hugs from our Soccer team… and cookies that aren’t wrapped from a factory… and eating snow (or an icicle)… or drinking punch in the breakroom… or… whatever…

I’m having such a hard time this year finding the balance…

3 responses to “On Remembering You’re Imunocompromised

  1. Oh can I relate to this post today! Well actually yesterday but at 3am it is between days in my mid anyway…lol. I have always tried to volunteer for just an hour or two around this time of year (been a tradition since I got ra) and I will be darned if I am going to give this tradition up. So out the door I went this past Saturday to do something I have been wanting to do for umpteen years…ring the Salvation army bell. It was such a lifter of my spirits. My daughter and I did it for two hours and took turns (couldn’t have done it without her). It was such a wonderful experience and in my town the people were just sooo wonderful. Truly a holiday gift to me personally. Now unfortunately as you have written there are germs everywhere. And well…I suppose I got some or one of them. I was flat out on my back for over 24 hours and in a fit of a flare with something. Kinda ra but kinda not. Kinda like a cold but kinda like not. I am happy to report that now at 3am I am felling much better. But…3 AM. OK maybe I should update my blog now 🙂 Keep an eye on that finger and you may want to keep the booboo covered as well. Fingers are the worst as they are first in line to touch everything!!!


    • It really is the trade-offs. I know I’m supposed to find my bubble and stay in it… but I just can’t stop being me
      I’m glad your feeling better!!!
      And, yes, the finger is covered and I keep putting boo-boo oil on it because that usually helps!!!
      Keep on keeping on!


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