Lupie Wisdom

Photo of multiple boxes of medications, and a pill sorter. Caption reads: "It's a bitter pill to swallow."

Lupie Wisdom

Blog post by Iris Carden

I know I’ve been posting a lot about lupus lately, but World Lupus Day was 10th May, and many activists extend it into an entire month to raise awareness.

So here, I’ve put together a group of old proverbs, and altering them to suit life with lupus:

Early to bed, early to rise … makes a lupie exhausted.

Hair today, gone tomorrow.  (Where is it? Oh, the brush, the drain, the couch, the bed, everywhere except my head.)

A stitch in time … will probably get infected because of my stupid immune system.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire – oh no, it’s just another fever.

It’s always darkest … when random pains wake me up, disoriented in the middle of the night.

A friend in need … is another lupie wanting to know how to cope with the latest surprise symptom.

Hard work never killed anyone … but it has been known to cause lupus flares, and those have killed people.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow … and here are another dozen of them.

Love conquers all … but, sadly, it can’t cure lupus.

If you have your health, you have everything … so what have I got?

Two’s company, three’s a … lupus support group get together.

You have to count the cost … to know if you can afford this trip to the pharmacy.

Good judgement never follows … a bout of brain fog.

Lupies in glass houses … should wear lots of sunscreen.

To understand lupies, you have to walk a mile … in their sore joints.

By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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