Thursday, April 19, 2012

Stress Induced Flares

I know. I know. Almost three months without a post and I can't come back with anything positive?

No worries, this isn't a post full of complaints. It might be a fair mix of good and bad.

I'll start with the bad. While I like to think I'm a tough girl and can handle most anything thrown my way, my body would disagree. Since my stitches came out, there has been one busy thing after another. Our son graduated from basic training, visitors were here for two weeks, my dad was in the hospital for a month and a half and I ended up taking a two week road trip. Alone.

One week was to deal with family affairs. The second was a vacation.

By the time I reached my vacation destination, I was exhausted, waking with large joint aches & pains, and had developed 3 fingertip ulcers.all stress induced, I assume.

I haven't had fingertip ulcers for over 2 years. Only knuckles ulcers. The two have different causes, which are indicators that this mini-flare was all stress related. I call it a "mini-flare" because, now that I've returned home most everything seems to have quieted down.

Except for ............. You guessed it ... The exhaustion. What's new, right?

So, even though my mind says one thing - that I'm strong and can handle anything thrown my way, Scleroderma likes to remind me otherwise and let me know it's still hanging around. Just for old times sake?

The good news is that my right hand has healed well. I can do some things I could not do before. Some things continue to be a struggle, but overall, things are much easier.

I'm OK with that.

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