Three Things You Can Do TODAY to Make a Difference for People with Lupus

And each takes only a few minutes (and are mostly self-serving). I promise. 

Carie Sherman1) Go shopping! I’ll be putting my Amazon Prime account to good use this week by specifying Lupus Colorado (under its incorporation name of Lupus Foundation of Colorado) as the beneficiary. In addition to the regular portion of donations, Lupus Colorado will receive an extra $5 for each donation. Learn more.

2) Make room for your Amazon purchases (and have someone ELSE pick up the stuff!). Lupus Colorado depends on your support to help the individuals and families impacted by this lupus. Meet spring with a cleaner house and a do-gooder spirit by donating your unwanted clothes, goods, and household items by calling 303-231-9337. Learn more.

3) Become an armchair advocate. While you’re waiting for your lives on Candy Crush to reset (I’m looking at you, dear husband!), visit http://www.congressweb.com/lri. There you’ll find info on increasing access to medications that already exist and increasing funding for important research. Our executive director is in Washington, D.C., now. Let’s show her that we’ve got her back.

These are just a few simple ideas to get you into support mode. As always, thanks for supporting me and all the people who benefit from the amazing work of Lupus Colorado.

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Reality check quiz: 5 questions to honestly assess your sleep

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

Lupus presents differently in every person, but one symptom seems to be part of every Lupie’s nightmares: Fatigue.

I met with my rheumy yesterday and said—as usual: ”I’m tired.” To which he replied sympathetically: “I know.”

But then he did the unthinkable: He suggested a reality check.

He said I might never fully understand the whys and whats of the fatigue that seems inherent with autoimmune disorders, even when they’re not actively flaring. Also, my own physical factors (sleep apnea, GERD, arthritis) can all contribute to poor sleep.

Dr. M suggested I think about that which I can control. In essence, how my sleep habits impact the quality of rest I receive.

So I did some research. And according to the sleep disorder clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center, there just might be a few things I could improve upon.
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5 Ways to Reuse Your Prescription Bottles

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

Since the first of the year, I’ve been on a mission to reduce clutter in my life. I’ve identified an area of messiness that may resonate with you:

Piles and piles of empty prescription bottles. 

Everytime I throw one of those little buggers into the recycling bin, a part of me freaks out: It’s so useable! I have so many! There’s got to be a better way!

And, a quick search revealed an article from Consumer Reports saying curbside programs aren’t a guarantee that pill bottles will be recycled (even though most are a #5 plastic, there’s something about their size makes it hard for them to sort).

So now I feel even more motivated to find ways to reuse prescription pill bottles. Considering I see my pharmacist for a minimum of five ‘scripts a month, it’s a Must Do on my task list.

Here are five ways I’ve reused old pill bottles (no craft skills needed!).
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