I’ve started to experience a little taste of what it is to have a suppressed immune system. After my kidney transplant in March I was put on anti-rejection drugs, of course, which suppress your bodies immunity so it doesn’t attack the new organ that it would otherwise see as a threat (well worth it by the way- I’m alive!!). I was also put on antivirals and antibiotics at first. The antivirals stopped at 4 months, the antibacterials will stop after 9 months (I’m 7 months out now! woohoo).
I did get a virus that is quite painful and it’s taking it’s sweet time leaving my body. I’m taking meds for it as well as doing some natural remedies, but the truth of the matter is there’s nothing like a healthy immune system to fight off viruses. I’m not used to taking long to heal. I’m usually the girl that takes a day, sleeps it off and feels better. This has been going for 2 weeks now and I had to get a refill for the meds!
So now I know what it is to have a suppressed immune system. A good reminder to me that I need to be extra careful about cleanliness, especially in flu season! I tend to spend a lot of time around a lot of people. It’s easy to get complacent even this soon after a transplant. I’ve been feeling great and forget that I’m not invincible! I need to take my self-care very seriously. Frankly, we all do. Stress alone can destroy a healthy immune system and if you are the type to burn the candles at both ends it might be time to take a good look at your priorities and values. Is the life you’re leading in alignment with your priorities and values? Health is number one for me, and it’s easy to forget that rest is an important part of that (I tend to be an energizer bunny lol).
Lesson learned, little reminder taken. I am off to bed now for my healing sleep.
To your health and wellness <3