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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It’s up to you to stop me from blathering. Please, take my survey.

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

It’s been too long, but I’m back. And I need your help. First, a quick update.

Did you know Lupus Colorado has a new executive director? We said goodbye to Debbie Lynch in 2013, who recently retired after many years at the helm of LC. She’ll be greatly missed, but she’s left us all in great hands. I recently met with our new director, Inez Robinson. There’s one thing I know for sure: 2014 will be an exciting year.

Second, I’ll continue to write this blog. We’ve already built a nice community, but let’s be clear: This blog is about you. So think of me as your own personal roving reporter. What information can I provide to that would make living with lupus easier for you?

It’s easy to leave feedback. It takes five minutes and it’ll give me peace of mind that my babbling is of interest and helpful.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R3BJFP3

Together, let’s continue building a community of people affected by lupus in Colorado and beyond. My goal is to bring together patients, caregivers, community members, and even health care providers, in the interest of making life with a chronic illness a little bit better.

Happy New Year!


The Lupus Card: A Gift from Me to You

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

I’m feeling the stress of the holidays. I bet you are too. Personally, I’ve taken on too much work. And I’m using a crazy amount of energy reigning in my inner Clark W. Griswold. But I’ll be fine, and it’s for one reason: I am the proud carrier of the Lupus Card. And I use it anytime I’m about to:

  • Add to my list of “Must Do’s”
  • Beat myself up about an unrealistic expectation
  • Let myself feel guilty about this failure or that misgiving
  • Throw myself a raging pity party

Warning: The Lupus Card is not prestigious. Membership is not recommended. It offers no cash back or bonus miles. But it’s given me something money can’t buy: Much-needed perspective. You can borrow my card anytime by using this handy mnemonic to evaluate your circumstances. Try it and you’re bound to feel better physically—and emotionally.
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