The rain forces my chin towards my chest as I tiptoe across the parking lot towards my car. Puddles lie camouflaged on the drenched concrete. I splash around like an awkard duckling, an unwilling playmate to the onslaught of rain. I’m slightly annoyed, but not enough to run. My muscles tense as the colour drains from of my fingertips and toes.
My head hurts. My thoughts hurt. I need a nap.
Today has “Lupus” written all over it. It’s “World Lupus Day.” It’s also “Lupus Awareness Month” in the U.S. The slightly irritated part of me thinks that I, along with everyone else in the world, could care less. The usually optimistic part of me scolds me for being such a grump.
So, what does a Lupie girl do on a day like today? How do I recognize and acknowledge the millions of people who live with me on this mad, crazy, Lupie world? I did it by doing the best and sometimes, the hardest thing for any Lupie to do: I listened to my body.
I took a nap.