Introductions and Explanations

You may or may not know me, but I think a higher being intended for me to be a nurse. I’d love to be, truly, but I’m far too emotional for such a job. I would befriend every patient and carry all of their pains with me. I would bring it home. Not the job for me.

However, I am always sick and so I have learned what it is like to be a frustrated patient. But thanks to my son, Braeden, I have also learned a great deal about our immune systems.

Braeden has an IgA Immune Deficiency. Basically, this means that his IgA immunoglobulins are lacking and his mucous membranes are far more susceptible to picking up a cold or a virus or really anything he could touch and breathe. The annoying things like colds, stomach bugs, sinus infections, ear infections, bronchitis, etc. He has asthma, he has had tubes in his ears, he has had several x-rays and cat scans. He sees doctors all the time and has made good friends with most of them. Braeden is three years old, he will be four in October of this year.

In the past 12 days, Brae and I have been to a doctor’s office or lab a total of seven times. This is more than usual, but not necessarily atypical. We are currently waiting for blood work results and a TB reading and those tests are stemming from having found a lump on the left side of Braeden’s head.

Me. I get sick a lot, too. Because my son is sick a lot. You see how that works. I have Multiple Sclerosis and was diagnosed when I was 21 years old. I am currently in remission. I also suffer from a chemical imbalance which causes severe depression. Thanks to great people in my life, talk sessions and medicine I have been able to regulate that and am moody still…but definitely far more balanced.

Why am I telling you all of this?

I wanted to create a Wellness section for BRING ME UP and I wasn’t sure how to explain why. But those are the reasons why. I am faced with new health issues constantly and am always looking to learn more about them.

In this section I hope to post news on all realms of wellness whether it be physical, mental or emotional. It’s important for people to realize that you are allowed and encouraged to talk about your health. There is no reason to feel any sort of embarrassment or shame. We all have bodies that run on chemical reactions and none of us are built perfectly.

And so without further adieu.

Welcome to Bring Me Up: Wellness.

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2 thoughts on “Introductions and Explanations

  1. Hi Chris , I hope Brae is feeling better. My niece also had a lot of problems with infections. Antibiotics all the time, always at the doctors office. It seemed over time, it got a little less severe. I’m not sure why, but she is doing better. I wanted you to know I was here. I’ll be back.
    Best wishes.
    Bill B.

  2. Sorry to hear that about your niece. I do believe Brae’s health has made him a strong and compassionate little boy, so there is a silver lining. Thanks for stopping by Bill.

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