Happy New Year!



This is the only picture of me that exists from my annual New Years Eve celebration. THIS is what ‘I have bronchitis and am only interested in being asleep in bed a good two hours ago yet you made me sit here and drink a huge cup of coffee I don’t want and wear a stupid hat’ looks like. A regular Mary Sunshine!

Yet as unthrilled as I was to have to interact with other human beings, as coughy and sneezy and sleepy as I was, having a cold or bronchitis is actually thrilling for me because until I’m better, my RA symptoms drastically reduce.

It’s the best feeling (minus the plague symptoms) to wake up warm in bed, stretch, and feel…different. Sure- my hair may be slobbered to my cheek because I’m mouth breathing due to congestion. Sure- the movement of stretching may unleash a maelstrom of coughing. Sure- the wheezing is quite attractive with the comfortable sweat pants you should’ve thrown away years ago but they’re just oh so broken in.

But there’s a calmness in my body too. Because for that day, that’s all that’s really emergently wrong and to be frank, it’s not all that emergent after the doctor confirms its not the flu.

So while I’m not enjoying late night forced socializing, I’m enjoying a nice respite of symptoms to usher in a new year.

4 responses »

  1. I’m glad it’s not just me— I had a miserable stomach virus last month, but it was like the acute illness distracted my immune system from its usual shenanigans and I had a couple of lovely days when I was starting to feel a little better and my joint pain hadn’t kicked in again. Happy new year and I hope you feel better soon (and the RA respite continues!).

  2. This is the one time we have it better than the healthy folks. I know I enjoyed the break during my own recent bout with bronchitis.

  3. I have noticed this recently, I am on the 4th and hope last week of flu/cold/crap; I have not had much trouble with RA while I have been sick. I agree with Megan, it definitely distracted my immune system from its usual balderdash. Or was I so focused on coughing, sneezing, sore throat and runny/stuffy nose that I didn’t have any attention left for RA? I can think of better ways to distract myself.

    May 2013 be a banner year for you!

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