In the heat of the summer you will want to stay in to avoid the sun’s rays. If you find yourself inside more often than not, it might be a good idea to make your home Lupus-friendly with features that make daily activities easier on your body.
Brace and replace! Little things can become big obstacles with Lupus. Brace yourself and replace the little things before they cause more trouble. Some examples:
– Swap out toggle light switches for rocker switches, which have a larger face you can push.
– Replace cabinet knobs with C-shaped handles for easy opening.
– Add height to your washer and dryer to save your knees.
– Switch a doorknob for a lever. It’s much easier on your fingers.
Repurpose house items. Stick sponge hair rollers over anything you need to hold, such as forks, knives and toothbrushes to keep everyday tasks within your grasp.
Look for arthritis-specific products. If you’ve exhausted your store of repurpose-worthy household items, there many products designed specifically to reduce pain in people with arthritis and make tasks more manageable. Here is a list of some of the coolest products on the web: http://www.everydayhealth.com/arthritis-pictures/10-terrific-arthritis-gadgets.aspx#07.
Arrange convenient resting spots. Make sure there are nearby places to sit down and recharge your batteries.
Choose your lights carefully. Photosensitivity from Lupus can occur under indoor lights as well as the sun. Many businesses and offices use halogen or fluorescent lights that may cause Lupus symptoms. Fortunately, there are shades, filters, shields and covers from several manufacturers that offer some protection from indoor UV.
Manage with Moderation
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body and cause extreme fatigue. You need to know your body’s limitations. Look for the signs and signals your body tells you when it needs rest and listen to them when it does. In this summer heat, remember to get lots of rest and hydrate often.