These two above are my angels. Well, obviously, they’re not always ANGELS all the time, but to me, I cannot imagine living alone without their companionship.
For me, the best thing I have that gets me up, and set aside pain and whatever else I am experiencing, are my pets. I know not everyone is a cat lover; I happen to love all animals. However given my SLE flare-ups and FMS , these two animals really do help me in ways I cannot measure. Also, I know I would do a dog a disservice, if for example, I am unable to go give it the proper walks necessary. Cats are relatively easier my scenario realistically. The second picture, is the older and the boy, and acts like a cat pillow. He will serve as my little spoon sometimes when I fall asleep. My first picture, the younger girll kitty, well, she brings a smile to my face de-facto because she is the sweetest thing I have ever owned. She primarily wants to be pet, or falls over in front of you and purrs while wiggling around her back, or just lays on her side with her paws one on top the other, and stares sleepily at you.
They are a constant source of happiness and amusement to me, even on the worst days. They make me leave the house when I otherwise wouldn’t to get them treats, food, toys, health etc. They make me get up, even if my feet feel like they are on fire, to feed and give them water. I find taking care of something else making sure they’re happy, is something that helps especially since the meds I take conservatively, and therefore I’ve never experienced a single day of bliss without pain since that fateful day I woke up thinking I was poisoned two years ago.
I thought I would share my own story of the benefits I have gained since adopting these two. I got the second one in the pic almost 4 and 1/2 years ago. The first picture, of the girl, I got her about 2 years ago, right around my diagnosis. See, the big guy insists on going outside, so often I would feel lonely without him around. I decided to adopt my second (the first picture) who happened to be terrified of the outdoors, and serves as always knowing I have something living, that depends on me, whenever I come home. When I am laying in bed with pain that makes me want to curl up and cry – I see her and I think, wait does she have her water, enough food, have I pet her? and I get out of bed.
Anyone else benefit from having animal companions?
I highly recommend it if you do not and happen to live alone while suffering chronic conditions like SLE lupus or Fibromyalgia (FMS). Anything that helps you get out of bed, has got to help. I know the research exists that our furry companions lower our blood pressure, but to me mine give me so many more benefits. If I wanted to go extreme, they make me fight harder to stay as healthy as I possibly can. I know I spoil them rotten, and, I do no know anyone else who is also house-ridden at times like me and can give the affection they get from me and I receive in return.
As I stated, this a blog about living with lupus and fibro, in an effort to create more awareness. Personally being a student/young adult with both diagnoses; I know my situation is different from everyone else’s unique stories.
I hope to keep posting things that help me in my life, but I do not want to deter anyone who is looking for a place to talk to and share their own stories to me as well. I understand, and I care. I know your pains, I may know some of your travails of your day to day life. If you feel no one understands… I do. Do not hesitate to reach me now by e-mail (email@example.com) or http://www.facebook.com/lifelupusfibro
I guess I’ve gone more public! I was not sure how to do the facebook thing anonymously, so I picked Amy Jade, a pseudonym I used a long time ago when I was a cyber geek as a teen but was afraid of putting out my personal data out there to avoid the scumbags of the internet that troll teen chat boards. So I used to say my name was Amethyst Jade (age 12-17) and the very few I stayed in contact with throughout all those years, and completely validated their identities, well I finally caved and told them my real name at 17. They forgave me. Sorry, tangent. The whole point is, my name is not Amy Jade but FB will not let me use anything does not sound like a name. ah well. Friend me if you wish, and we can connect further.
P.S. I have thumb tendonitis in both wrists. 😦 I got a local cortisone shot in both wrists today, and I now have wear these insane braces that keep my thumb immobilized completely for 4-6 weeks. I am slowly learning to type with only eight fingers. Wish me luck, and forgive me for any grand errors or typos. Sweet Dreams to all of you.
Even though I do not know you in person, I know some of you are the strongest people that walk this earth if you do it with a smile on your face even though gut wrenching pain is coursing throughout your entire body. I commend you. I wish I could give you an award. You’re all super-heroes in your own way. Think of yourselves that way. Life does not give you more than you can handle, so perhaps this deck we’ve been dealt is to improve the lives of others because we experience pain as well, and empathize with most pain suffered by others, regardless of whether they have SLE or FMS. Don’t stop smiling. Keep your heads up. And if you can’t and have the chance, do not underestimate animal companionship.. They help me smile without realizing. We will get through this, in my About for this blog,, I am serious, I do not accept I have an “incurable” disease. I fully believe they will come up with cures in our lifetimes. Believe with me and maybe the positive thoughts put out in the collective conscious will improve our chances.