Dear Mom with an autoimmune disease during COVID-19,
I am hopeful that a flare up doesn’t happen in quarantine due to my autoimmune disease. What do we do if it does?
- Ask your doctor for telehealth options.
- Motherhood is a gift. It is easy to fall into it and all at once. You say goodbye to parts of yourself that don’t serve your new role. Bit by bit, it chips away and remakes you into the mom you see before you in the mirror. It’s hard for us as moms to ask for help, say something isn’t right and to stop and address concerns. You have to make time. You have to put yourself first sometimes. Ask for help!!!
- Make sure you are writing down any new or exacerbated symptoms. Stress can impact your immune system so these could be little warning signs.
- Laugh with your friends or have some wine via FaceTime.
- Date your husband. Send him your funniest memes, play a game together or dive into a series on Netflix.
- Go see Jesus on Sundays. Many churches are offering online services.
- Have fun with your kids and sprinkle a little education wherever you go. I found it is less stressful if we are outside learning than in. Plus, vitamin D y’all!!
- When you fee your stress level rising, change direction. My mom always said “ if it’s grumpy, put it in dirt or water.” And, that still rings true. A little nature hike to find a mud puddle or a bath can change the day around. For anyone. No matter the age.
- Go ahead and schedule an appointment in the summer. Even if it gets cancelled, it’ll bump you up on the call the reschedule list.
- Make sure you are eating what you’re supposed to and exercising.
Little eyes are watching and absorbing all of your lessons. They look to you to calibrate their world. Give them honest answers. You don’t have to be superwoman. You can have a hard day, time, week or month. What you can’t do is quit. You have to stay up with your health however you can, protect yourself however you can.
Shower your children with love because that’s what they will remember from this time. It isn’t the worksheets and math facts, it’s everything in between.
Take care of yourselves.
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