Slowing Down

Welp, I may have spoken too soon…

A mere two weeks after celebrating six-month of feeling good and sharing my recovery tips, my autoimmune symptoms are flaring up. For the past month, one tiny symptom has popped up and then retreated. Then another does the same. Over the last few days, they’ve all decided to show up and throw a rowdy party. Throw in unrestful sleep and everything else compounds. That being said, I’m tired. And I need to figure out what’s changed.

I recently reintroduced potatoes, tofu, mustard, and paprika back into my diet, so maybe those are still a no-go. I didn’t realize a supplement I started contained my top allergen, egg. Could I have been re-exposed to mold without realizing it? The investigation continues. I’ve learned my lesson: health comes first, always.

Perhaps I’m not actually recovered, but in a state where my immune dysregulation is simply managed well enough that it is not completely debilitating. Maybe there is no recovering.

Anyways, I’m planning to slow down. My once-sporadic posting schedule transformed into a daily habit, but I can’t keep it up right now. My sleep requirements are through the roof and I need to focus my cognitive energy on paying the bills.

I’ll continue to post on The Heart of the Matter every Tuesday, with a link here. Otherwise, I’ll share things here when I have the time and energy, and I’ll stop in to visit your little interweb nooks when I’m able.

Here’s to health, community, and all the good things life has to offer!

16 thoughts on “Slowing Down

  1. Oh Erin, I hate reading this. I’ve been there so many times, and it’s not fun. The worst part is not knowing what’s driving the flare-ups, so I’m glad you’re listening to your body and being diligent with the process of elimination. And getting more rest… That’s hard when we want to go, do, produce, etc., but rest is key, so I’m proud of you for that. Hope you feel better soon, friend. Sending love and prayers your way! ❤️

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  2. Let me echo what dear Kendra just offered — take care of yourself first and foremost! Sending much love to you, Erin…and remember your blogging friend/cheerleaders are near…in spirit. xo 💕

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  3. Oh, I’m so sorry to read this, Erin. Your post points to what delicate systems our bodies are — and what a great investigator and troubleshooter you are. May you get the rest and recovery you need while working it out. Sending great thoughts!

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    1. Thank you, my dear. ❤️ I hope so too! This is one of the first times I’ve had a flare on top of diagnosis, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to sort things out and start feeling better relatively soon.

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  4. *sigh* the mirage that overconfidence brings. Been there. Take 2 steps back and dig deep into your selfcare! Hope you feel better soon!
    PS: these COVID iterations can sneak into us, even mildly and create trouble! I know, I’ve been struggling more this winter! Didn’t get very sick, but just enough to drag me down and give me a persistent cough!

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    1. Yes, I think that’s exactly what it is. I think that paired with, as Wynne mentioned, the delicate balance of the biochemical machine that is our body makes for lots of opportunity for small errors that can add up. Yes, big focus on self-care for the foreseeable future!
      I’ve miraculously been able to evade COVID so far 🤞 but I know many people who have had a rough case during or post-infection. I hope that you start feeling 100% again soon! ❤️

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      1. I understand what you’re saying! Yes, I’m incrementally getting over it, but it keeps trying to reassert itself, so I’m also focusing on selfcare! *smile!*

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      2. Yes, infections can be so tricky, so we just have to do the best we can to ensure our body has the resources it need to fight them off (and no unnecessary extra strain). ❤️

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