Yesterday was like any other day for me. I live in the Panhandle of Florida. It isn’t that cold here, but yesterday was cold for me. I did way too much on Saturday, rested on Sunday, so I should be okay, right?
Well, I get to work and my right index finger is numb. Oddly numb. It hurt, with tiny needles-painful.
The top two knuckles of my index finger are purple on the under side of my hand. The top of my hand…again index finger is white. My middle finger, the top knuckle, was affected as well. It hurt to touch. It hurt to type. I have had discoloration before, and cold fingers with my Raynaud’s but this was different.
It took about a hour, but it finally came back, with a very, warm sensation. Truly odd.
Trying to stay warm.
Most Sunday afternoons I take a bath with 2 to 3 cups of Epsom salts and a bath bomb.
My hips and knees thank me, and just in general, it is a good detox I think.
It helps me get settled for the week ahead. I pray, meditate and think of things I need to do for the week of without stressing.
I used to not be able to take a baths, and not get out by myself. Now it isn’t an issue with my weight loss. My bones still hurt and ache on a daily basis, but no one would know it. My activity level has increased, and this helps me stay on track.
Sometimes I have music, sometimes candles, but most times just quiet. I reflect on the past week, not with regret but with what needs to be improved upon. I reflect with what I am grateful for…family, friends (that are family), and so much more.
Lupus has a nasty habit of rearing it’s head when things are going well, but busy. This helps me get through the week…to handle the unexpected, the stress.
Detox baths are known to help with over indulgent times. Lupus bodies consider all times indulgent! I push myself more than I should because I don’t want to disappoint anyone, and this helps.
What do you do to get through the day-week or anything stressful? Does it help in the long run?
I do this weekly.
It stings, but doesn’t hurt. I hate doing this, but I know it helps me.
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Raynaud’s Syndrome—crap. So…life.