Ah flu season, the time of year no one likes. Especially people with autoimmune disorders. Last year your girl was on top of it and got her flu sit early, managing to overall miss flu season. This year, your girl was lazy and kept putting it off and Karma bit her in the ass. Now here we are, day 2 of the flu and having no fun at all.
I know how important it is to get the flu shot, yet my mind told me “it’s okay, we can wait a little bit longer”. Jokes on me.
Why is it important to even get to flu shot fellow UCers?
Well I’ve done a lot of research and it basically boils down to this. Because we are often on medications that lower our immune response, it makes it much easier for the flu to get a hold of us and linger. While the medications we are on play an important role in reducing inflammation and symptoms associated with it, it also lowers our ability to fight off diseases and infections. Therefore we are considered high-risk in that we are amongst the most vulnerable in contracting the flu virus.
Talk to your doctor about any questions you may have about the vaccine. If you are thinking of getting it, remember to get the inactive version (not the live version normally found in nasals sprays).
But in other news I am overall still feeling good in terms of my UC. I still get bloated from time to time, but I reintroduced Benefiber and boy has that made a difference. Back to having less, more regular poops. Prior to not being on it I felt like I had the urgency to go more often and when I did it would be these tiny little nuggets. I was super bloated and easy all the time as well. While there was no blood, running to the washroom, 5-6 times for false alarms wasn’t exactly the greatest either. Now back on Benefiber, I go 2-3 times and genuinely go. There are no false alarms.
Seriously guys it is great.
I mean the first 2-3 days suck because what happens is that it makes you retain your poop longer by retaining more water from your intestines. This not only helps it stay in your bowels longer, but also allows it to travel a lot easier in your bowels. BONUS, it doesn’t congeal like Metamucil OR taste strong. I just add it to my tea (or coffee for you coffee drinkers) and we are good to go.
Do I think it will work for everyone? No clue. It works well for me and I encourage people to try it if they are struggling with frequency and false alarms. Do I think it should replace medications. NO. I still take my medication daily in addition to Benefiber and collagen. So if you want to try it out, go for it OR at the very least talk to your doctor about it and see if it’s right for you.
Now I’m going to go watch some true crime shows and cuddle with my pups.