My lupus comeback update: Something is better, something worse..

The good news is.. I no longer have joint pains.

The bad news is.. Lupus is still attacking my kidneys.

I was tempted to put the title as ‘It is not getting any better.’ but I know better to beat myself down at this stage. After all it is supposed to be an experiment, is it not? Since there are different outcomes for experiments, the only reasonable thing to do at this point of time is to change the way how things are done.

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The handover procrastination syndrome and how to overcome it

The handover procrastination syndrome is a syndrome where one feels that it is impossible to handover their current tasks to the next person because of an utter sense of responsibility. You worry that you might be passing on unresolved problems, and therefore hope to minimise the hassle before handing over. Ironically this procrastination created even more stress to the person as there seems to be no escape from the piles of responsibilities that should have shifted place long ago.

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If you can survive the hospital, you can survive everything else

Spoiler alert: This is not a hospital bashing article.

Hospitals.

The real place that taught me so much on acceptance. It taught me that I am no special snowflake. It taught me that everyone else’s lives are also important. It also taught me that if everyone is giving it a fight, why would someone else expect their fight to be more brutal than the others’?

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Insomnia: My good ol’ get-work-done-odd-hours pal

I am wide awake again.

This happened when I had increased dosage of prednisone and sleeping two hours earlier like how it was when I first had lupus approximately two years ago. Instead of wasting time watching silly videos in bed, I figure maybe I should just write about how this could actually be a good thing.

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史琳的狼疮故事 – 如果她能快乐地继续生活下去,我能有什么借口悲观

(This is the Chinese version of the article, please find the English version under Inspirational story: Lupus and dialysis did not beat Sheryn* down )

许多人视洗肾为畏途,并且觉得如果需要进行洗肾将会是世界末日。

然而,对于许多慢性病患者来说,他们只能在死亡或洗肾之间选择,对他们而言,洗肾只对他们带来一些不便,却能令他们尽可能正常生活。

我很幸运能够采访Sheryn(不是她的真实姓名)关于她狼疮和洗肾的生活故事和心路历程。 Continue reading “史琳的狼疮故事 – 如果她能快乐地继续生活下去,我能有什么借口悲观”

Inspirational story: Lupus and dialysis did not beat Sheryn* down

Many people are grateful that they did not have to experience dialysis first hand.

However, for many chronic disease patients, the only options that they have is choosing between death or living their lives as normal as possible with a slight inconvenience, such as dialysis.

I was fortunate to be able to interview Sheryn (not her real name) about her inspirational journey with lupus and dialysis. Here’s how she was able to make it so far.  Continue reading “Inspirational story: Lupus and dialysis did not beat Sheryn* down”