Sunday, 1 April 2012

Health Writer's Month: Health Time Capsule

Today is Palm Sunday, so it's the start of Holy Week, when ministers (like me) tend to get quite busy with worship services. Quite by coincidence, it's also April Fool's Day, and the start of The Health Activist Writer's Month.  This is very similar to the health activist blogging month that I was foolish enough to take part in last year at the same time as I was involved in the National Novel Writing Month. It's also run by Wego Health.





Today's Topic: Health Time Capsule. Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?


Hello world of 2112,

I hope that by the time you are reading this, lupus no longer exists, or that it is cured quickly and easily.

In 2012, Lupus is remarkably common, affecting mostly women, although many people don't know what it actually is. It's an autoimmune disease - the body's protection mechanism goes "rogue" and attacks the body.
It causes sufficient pain and fatigue to interfere with daily life. Worse, it can cause failure of almost any organ of the body.

Lupus is currently treated with a collection of drugs designed to treat other conditions.

My main ingredients in current cocktail of drugs are: plaquenil (developed to treat malaria), and methotrexate (developed to treat cancer). Extra anti-inflammatory support is provided by prednisolone (steroid), meloxicam (anti-inflammatory), fish oil (anti-inflammatory) and glucosamine (anti-inflammatory.) Extra pain control is provided by long-lasting paracetamol (pain relief).
Many of the other drugs in my cocktail are there to counter-act the side-effects of these drugs.

In the past year, a new drug, Benlysta, has been released that has been developed specifically for lupus. Again, it is a treatment, not a cure.  Hopefully, this new drug is a sign of things to come, that the medical research will continue with treatments targeted directly at lupus - so that by your time an actual cure will be found.

I can't imagine what the world of 2112 will be like, but I hope it will be a life where lupus, among other diseases that make life miserable for people of 2012, will be an historical oddity.

Into the time capsule, I'll place my pill sorter, copies of my prescriptions, and my trusty "Lupus Handbook for Women".  And I hope when this capsule is opened, all of those things will be unfamiliar.

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