Part of that is that we’re currently with my parents, whom I have barely seen since 2007 due to living 1/3 of the way across the US.
I’ve also been trying to get more active physically, and have been taking walks with my husband whenever we’re physically up to. Sometimes we walk to one of the grocery stores in the area and have a lunch date (or at least we were), sometimes we walk to other places that are in walking distance of our home. I have some family members in walking distance so we do that.
I’ve also been processing grief more, and getting good treatment for my bipolar, which now has a new distinction of being bipolar I rather than bipolar II. Still learning the differences there.
I’ve been spending time with friends, or outside in the shade, or growing my jade plants.
My lupus is also better controlled at the moment (with no med changes directly for it), so I’ve been using every moment. I’ve had some bad flares, but they haven’t been as frequent.

I’ve found that (for me, this isn’t medical advice) cutting out caffeine, and cutting back on sugar, has helped…. especially if they are in the same day.
Having more fresh produce, and not as much frozen or canned stuff has been good.
I think it’s also that there is no cigarette smoke in or out of this house, so I’m not around those chemicals. I’d not been around them too much in the time between me being put out of work but it had kept going, so I think it’s all of that combined that has helped.

Of course, that stuff isn’t helping with any of my other health issues that I can tell, but at least my lupus is giving me a break for the moment (as long as I listen to it!)

I’m terrified it’s going to come back stronger after the break though.

If I can get whatever neurological issue I’m having under control maybe I could go back to work again, if I can find a lupus friendly work environment. Of course my bipolar needs to be under control for that too, and I can’t be having all this mania constantly, and the anxiety with it.

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