Lupus or COVID?

Lupus or COVID? blog post by Iris Carden For some months now, I’ve been weaning of steroids. Along the way the aches and pains and fatigue of lupus were getting worse. Then at Christmas time, I caught COVID. The aches and pains and fatigue became much, much worse, along with a horrible cough. It’s weeks…… Continue reading Lupus or COVID?

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written Sunday: Prednisone Reducing steroids after more than a decade is challenging. Monday: Privateer You can’t raid just any space craft. Tuesday: Creating a Ghost A lecture on the paranormal is not going as planned. Wednesday: Human A poem about the nature of human life. Thursday: Halloween With free-floating magic around, anything could…… Continue reading The Week in Review


Prednisone blog post by Iris Carden I am starting to reduce my prednisone dose. It was my rheumatologist’s suggestion. He told me long-term steroid use has been found to have worse effects than we previously knew. Steroids are so terrible, I’ve heard some lupies refer to them as “the Devil’s Tic Tacs.” One medical website…… Continue reading Prednisone

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written Sunday: It’s A Long Way It’s a long way from a lupus flare to “normal”. Monday: Disposal Got a body you want to get rid of unofficially? Your friendly neighbourhood funeral director can help. Tuesday: She Said, He Said A short story from two points of view. Wednesday: Mushrooms Poem recalling the…… Continue reading The Week in Review

It’s a Long Way

It’s a Long Way blog post by Iris Carden In the 20th Century (it’s still weird to write that as the past), AC/DC shared their philosophy: “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll.” I’m sure they’re probably right. I wouldn’t know. I haven’t tried being in a rock band. But I…… Continue reading It’s a Long Way

Sneaky Flare

Sneaky Flare blog post by Iris Carden There’s different kinds of lupus flares. There’s the kind that hits you out of nowhere – hits you with sudden pain, exhaustion, sore joints, rashes, headaches, anything else you can think of. There’s the kind that builds up slowly. You’re fine one day, the next a bit of…… Continue reading Sneaky Flare

Week in Review

What I’ve written this week Sunday: Methotrexate and Healing People with lupus used to be told wounds wouldn’t heal if we took methotrexate. Recent research has changed that advice. Monday: In My Head A slightly disturbing little horror story. Tuesday: Home A woman returns to a place from her past, and makes a decision. Wednesday:…… Continue reading Week in Review