Infection Survival Guide for the Chronically Ill (and “Normal” People, too)

Respiratory infections, sinus infections, ear infections – oh my!
Gastrointestinal infections, viral infections, bacterial infections – oh, die…

Currently, I’m extremely ill. I have some sort of awful infection in my head and GI system. I’ll spare you all of the TMI details, but let’s just say I’m a giant ball of disgusting. Lots of phlegm is involved, nausea, and too many trips to the restroom. There’s also severe full body aches and bone crushing fatigue. It’s not pretty.

It got me thinking, what are some must-haves for surviving a nasty infection like this? Here are my product recommendations (and why I recommend them) for surviving an infection while dealing with chronic illnesses. Continue reading

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Annoying Urgent Care Visit and Quick Immune System Update

In the middle of December, my immune system decided to crash. It did this once, several years ago. The major difference is that back then, we had an obvious trigger, and this time it just happened. It’s now the last half of February, and I’ve been sick more than I’ve been okay. Tho, I was just healthy for two weeks prior to my current issue.

I write a bit more about it here: Rough Start to 2018

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The Appointment from Hell

I am not using names for legal protection. While I want to scream this doctor’s name from the rooftops and tell everyone in the world to never ever go see this jerk, I know that if he finds it I could get sued for libel. Instead, I am writing this to educate and warn people that doctors like this exist, and as a form of therapy for myself to help me process this awful appointment.

I am also not using names in case this does end up in a legal case. During legal investigations and such, you’re not allowed to talk about the case, so I don’t want to cause any conflicts by having it published. Well, obviously my husband’s name appears in there because he was in the appointment and he is already not anonymous on this blog. Continue reading

A Rough Start to the Year

Hello everyone!

I’m currently working on a different post that will be a little more fun, but it’s taking quite some time. I’ve been having an extremely rough start to this year, and it’s showing in literally everything I try to do. I’ve even started to appear sick, which is worrisome because normally I don’t look sick or tired (except facial expressions) on a regular basis – but now there are dark circles forming under my eyes, and my eyelids are always a little too pink and puffy.

It’s easiest to post on Instagram regularly, since I don’t need a computer and computers can cause me migraines. I would recommend following me on Instagram to get updates the fastest: findinglifessilversun on Instagram.

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Five Awesome Gifts for the Chronic Illness Warriors on Your List

People with multiple chronic illnesses (like myself) have slightly different wishlists than “normal” people (or those without chronic conditions). They’ll still have normal wishlists, but these are some things that most of them would absolutely love but may not want to actually ask for because they may seem “odd.” Even if one of these isn’t on the wishlist they gave you, getting one of these gifts will likely light up their entire day and become a most used item!

For this list, I will try to put the types of conditions that may benefit from these presents with each item. Also, if these is an asterisk (*) next to any link, I will get a small commission/referral/affiliate payment if you purchase – however, these links will never cost you any more money to use, you’ll just be helping me out a little (almost like giving two gifts for the price of one). Anything from FindingTheSilverSun on Zazzle comes directly from my own Zazzle shop and they are my designs (so I get paid when you buy them, thank you)! This list is not in any particular order. Continue reading

Eosinophilic Esophagitis – What is it Anyway?!

I have eosinophilic esophagitis. I’ve briefly explained it before in my “World Rare Disease Day” post and in “My Chronic Illnesses part 3.” However, I wanted to explain it in more detail because it’s probably the condition I get asked about the most.

I do feel the need to add my disclaimer to this post: I AM NOT A DOCTOR! The information in this article is for awareness only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions. If you suspect you may have eosinophilic esophagitis, please talk to your doctor before taking action.

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Overexertion in Chronic Illness

I’m sure you’ve experienced overexertion at some point, and it was unpleasant. It’s possible even without a chronic illness. Children are particularly susceptible because they don’t know how to pace themselves and that’s why you will see them passed out cold in random places and positions because there bodies are like “nope, we’re stopping now!”

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Dysautonomia Awareness Month 2017 Wrap-Up

I can’t believe that October is already over! How is it November 2017 already?!

Sorry my posts completely stopped. I got very sick and couldn’t look at my computer for a good chunk of the month, and then life got in the way after I recovered.

However, I didn’t want you to miss out on all the stuff I did post for the month!

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10 Common Dysautonomia Misconceptions – Dysautonomia Awareness Month

Because so little is known about dysautonomia, there are a lot of misconceptions out there! I wanted to address ten of the most common ones here.

#1: Dysautonomia = POTS

As I discussed in my “What is Dysautonomia?” post, there are many different types of dysautonomia! While many people with dysautonomia do indeed have POTS, especially younger people, it’s only that way because it’s one of the most common types.

umbrella-158164_1280Dysautonomia is an umbrella term, meaning there are many subcategories. Dysautonomia International has thirteen distinct types listed on their website, and they state “this is not an all-inclusive list.” There are so many different types, and types still waiting to be classified and studied. Continue reading

Temperature Dysregulation in Dysautonomia – Dysautonomia Awareness Month

In part 2 of my dysautonomia journey, I mentioned that temperature dysregulation is my most prevalent and obnoxious symptom. I wanted to elaborate on what exactly temperature dysregulation is, and why it’s a common problem in dysautonomia patients.

Temperature dysregulation can include both heat intolerance and cold intolerance, but intolerance and dysregulation are different.

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