The 2012 Act Three Journey of an Actress/Coach/Writer.

Day 138 Immune System Blues

Posted by themirrenlee on 17/05/2012

Still fighting the virus – at least voice has switched from helium squeak to husky/sexy.

A cautionary note to any chronic condition sufferers who don’t realize it: your immune system can get compromised the longer you fight your illness. Google it if you don’t believe me.

Usually you’ll find that wherever you have a weakness is where you’ll get hit over and over. With me, it’s my respiratory system and sinuses.

I’m mentioning this to remind people to take supplements and do whatever you can to boost your immune system so that you don’t end up fighting for your health on yet another front.

And don’t be afraid to tell people who have a contagious illness that you need to stay away from them. When my grandson was fighting leukemia (and won, thank god!) we were constantly avoiding people because of his compromised immune system.

So it’s not just that you may have a chronic condition, whether chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or whatever, which you have to try and get people to understand, you also have to make them understand that you must protect your immune system. You may get illnesses easily, or heal slowly, or both.

If you’re exposed to a lot of people, through work, school or other environments, you may want to seriously consider ways to help prevent catching colds, for instance. There are nasal sprays (especially recommended for flying and other air conditioned environments), supplements like Vitamin C, Echinacea, etc. and even the popular Asian preventative: a face mask.

The first step, of course, is just an awareness of how fragile your immune system may be. Otherwise, you may find your Fibro symptoms under control just as you’re coming down with your third cold in a month. It’s not only exhausting, it elevates your muscle pain.

In the meantime, hold good thoughts for me, please, as I try and shake off this chest virus. I’d really like to get to Sydney!

I’m just coughin’ …

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