My lupus is back.
It presented itself two Saturdays ago with upper back ache, arms aching, and both my left and right fingers having rayuma in the morning. Monday last week, I started taking prednisone again, and it did manage some of the pain, but I had to up the dose to 10mg/day to feel “normal”.
- I caught a bacteria two weeks ago and it required IV medication. So I have been an Emergency Room outpatient every 12 hours for 7 days. Going in and out of the hospital stressed me out since the hours messed up me and my mom’s sleep.
- Not sticking to my diet. I used to be so hardcore with my relationship with vegetables. I used to have smoothies for breakfast. But I wasn’t able to keep it up. And like bad habits, regular food crept up on me. It’s apparent that a person susceptible to lupus requires a primarily vegetarian diet.
- Work and friends. They do not explicitly stress me out, but since I’m already in a point of stress, work and friends trigger more stress. I think regardless of what the stimuli are right now I’m treating them as stress.
Here’s how I’m going to hack it:
- I will not panic and understand that I have been here before. And I know the steps to get better.
- Lessen stimuli. Told my friends I’m doing a time out from them so I can focus on myself and my work. Told my bosses of the situation too. Removed my facebook account from my phone. Also managing online time down to 3hrs a day.
- Diving into a heavy vegetarian diet; juicing in the morning; 1.5-2cups of vegetables PER MEAL. Also, eat more of the right things. I’m currently 120lbs/55 kilos. And I want to be around 5lbs or 2kgs heavier.
- Applying Neuro-Linguistic Programming
- I have programmed my belief system that certain actions lead to success against conquering lupus.
- I believe that I can hack my body to rebuild my immune system through a heavy vegetable and fruit diet. This belief, when supplemented with the right actions, not only does what it’s supposed to, it triggers my own belief that I will get well. This internal trigger of the mind dictates the body to get better. It is the opposite of the vicious cycle–a cycle of progress/results.
Okay! Signing out!!! ❤