With everything going on in our world right now, we have self-identified and want to share what we have done about new stressors.
It’s easy to get off your wellness game and stress can contribute to our overall decision making and wellness.
Lupe & Brian: [00:00:00] Welcome to another episode of Sjogren’s Strong.
[00:00:02] This is Brian.
[00:00:03] And this is Lupe.
[00:00:04] And this is your podcast discussing how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, despite a diagnosis of Sjogren’s.
[00:00:09] Hey everyone! Hi, y’all doing? I have been missing you. I have been a little off my game and I have not been as active on social media as I would like to be, but I am hoping to get back on it. So here we are.
[00:00:27] Yeah. And we have talked about doing an episode for a couple of weeks now and more things have changed. But you can tell by the title of this episode Stressors. We are going to talk about stressors that we have all been going through.
[00:00:42] Some of these stressors, some of us have been going through more so than others. But how they have affected us.
[00:00:48] I mean, there is so many things going on in the world right now, right? There’s COVID, there’s civil unrest. Everything is just piling up, at the same time.
[00:00:57] It is crazy right now. And we kind of took a break, as you have noticed, I am sure. You know, sometimes in life we’ve need to stop and take care of ourselves, which we did. And we are back full force, even though new things have kicked up this weekend.
[00:01:15] We’re going to record this weekend and guess what happened? There were looters in our neighborhood, really close to where we live. So, we decided to hunker down, and we stayed home.
[00:01:24] Yup. So, we did not get into the studio. So, this is actually Monday evening, the 1st of June. It is June already?
[00:01:32] I know.
[00:01:33] Crazy! And we want to talk about some of these stressors. So, we are going to back up to, with what we have been dealing with going on three months now. COVID.
[00:01:40] COVID happens. Lots of stress. Lots of panic. Lots of unknown. We think we have got a pretty good handle on it now. We have got a system down. We do not do anything. We stay locked inside of our house. We do not go visit family, friends and loved ones.
[00:01:54] But we have toilet paper.
[00:01:56] We have toilet paper.
[00:01:57] And we found sanitizer.
[00:01:59] And we found some sanitizer.
[00:02:01] And the alcohol wipes. So, we are golden.
[00:02:03] So pretty much we go out to shop and buy what we need, and we have come home. Now, Lupe has gone to see family, but it has been outside the home. She is done drive by birthday parties for her niece. So, we have been doing things like that, but very seldom.
[00:02:20] Yeah. For the most part we have stayed home. We have not done any outdoor activities, no hiking, no cycling, no nothing.
[00:02:27] I mean, even with the trails open, people are hiking in close proximity. Too many people, not wearing masks. We do not want to put ourselves in the middle of that.
[00:02:35] Well, I mean, everybody is getting cabin fever, you know. And so, they opened the trails, and everybody just went.
[00:02:42] Yup. That 10% ruined it for all and they closed the trail.
[00:02:45] We had that. And then you start coupling isolation on top of that. And that is worrisome. From COVID, the weather started getting nice and it started getting hot, which adds to why we are going to do this episode, which we will get into soon.
[00:03:04] So now we are dealing with a warmer weather. Um, now we are dealing with civil unrest, you know, it is not in our neighborhood, but it is close enough to where we do not want to go do things. We want to stay home and not be associated with it.
[00:03:18] Um, just for self-preservation reasons.
[00:03:22] And top of that. I mentioned, three months ago, actually that I got a new job and I was there four days and they announced, you are working from home. So, then I am thinking, oh my God, I am the new one here, they are going to let me go. But thankfully I have been working from home.
[00:03:42] That brought on stresses because you are not fully trained on the system. Now you are having to do zoom calls to learn how to do the job they hired you to do.
[00:03:51] And that just adds more stressors in life. What else is going on?
[00:03:56] Well, being home, I mean, we will get into everything, but being home, I am not eating as healthy as I was because I am always home. I just want a quick snack. Not because I am hungry, just because I am bored. Right?
[00:04:07] Yeah. And we noticed this weekend, we were not drinking water and Sunday she did not really bonk, but she got tired of took a nap and it is like, Oh, crimeny, I have not even drunk water today. Because we are sitting at home glued to the TV, watching the news.
[00:04:21] And trying to keep up with what is going on in every single city with these protests and then civil unrest, and then, you know, vandalism and arson and looting. And it is just, it is out of control.
[00:04:35] And before that it was COVID and we were just binge-watching whatever show, you
[00:04:41] First and foremost, this is not a political show. We are not here to share our opinions, but Lupe, he did share a post. And it was to the effects of this is getting close to home. And some people found offense in that to the point to where they spoke out, kind of harshly and unfollowed us after they left their message, you know, said they were unsubscribing from the show.
[00:05:04] And again, we are not here to talk politics. However, it is our show. We are going to post what is happening in our life. That is affecting our life and the stresses of this happening so close is affecting our life.
[00:05:18] We’re watching TV and I took a picture of what was going on in LA, which we live really close to, it is in our backyard, basically.
[00:05:28] And I posted it and I said, this is what is going on in LA. And I was not trying to be political, that is what is going on in my life. And we built Sjogren’s Strong us for, and we want to share what is going on in our life. And that is what is going on in our life, right now.
[00:05:55] I just wanted to post about it. I did not mean to offend anybody, but, um, I mean, a couple of people sent me nasty grams. And it is okay if you do not like that, I am posting something. Just do not follow me. You know, there is no need to be nasty.
[00:06:14] You know, if it did offend you and you stuck around awesome for sticking around, it was not meant with malice.
[00:06:33] So that post has been pulled, the comments removed. Those people have been removed and again, nothing was meant with ill intent. It was meant to say, this is happening, and it is adding stress to life.
[00:06:46] Which is again, what this show’s about and how these stressors have manifested. On top of Lupe, getting a new job that came with new insurance policies and plans and having to find yet a new doctor.
[00:06:58] Guys, this doctor that I found, she is phenomenal. Actually, that week, and I think I posted about it the week that, I think, I was on hold for like 45 minutes, for a zoom call, from the house. Cause I thought it is a zoom call, I am going to be, it is going to be right away on the dot. No, I had to wait 45 minutes.
[00:07:22] Doctor finally comes on and she is like, Oh, I am so sorry. So, and so could not figure out zoom or whatever, excuse they always have. She just did not seem to care. To me, she did not seem to care. She did not ask me how I was doing.
[00:07:35] So, that doctor got fired and Lupe found a new rheumatologist.
[00:07:39] The thing about it is that I had gone to this rheumatologist about a year ago, and then my job changed plans. And so, I had to find a new one, right? And I went to her about a year ago and I did not get the warm and fuzzy that time either. But, I thought, okay, you know what? I do not want to spend the time and try to find a new one. So, I went back to her and I had the same feeling. I just feel like she did not care.
[00:08:05] Oh, this is it., I called, and I made an appointment and I said, so this doctor treats a lot of Sjogren’s patients? Yeah, absolutely. So, she is familiar with Sjogren’s. Yes. Yes, she is. So, she is like, she is reading my chart. She is like, Oh, so you have Sa-jorns? And I am like that kind of did it for me. You know, it was kind of downhill from there.
[00:08:27] So I went back online, and I found a different rheumatologist and I did not was not really expecting anything. But she had great bedside manner and I have talked about my first rheumatologist that passed a couple of years ago. This lady she is really close to that.
[00:08:48] Which is awesome. I have always told Lupe, if you find a doctor half as good as Ryba, you are going to be so very fortunate.
[00:08:53] And I am so lucky. First of all, she actually, I don’t know, I made conversation, talked about COVID what was going on in life, you know? And she is like, well, what can I do for you, you know. And really what I needed was all my scripts filled because I was running really low.
[00:09:10] And, yeah, I was really happy with her. And I have not posted about it, but I have been meaning to post. So, I will probably do that this week. And, if anybody is interested, I highly recommend her.
[00:09:21] With all of this having been said, you know, stresses come, and stresses go. And stresses are caused by many different things.
[00:09:27] But I think we need to do our best to remember that if we are dealing with something new that, you know, whether it is good stress, bad stress, new. We need to remember to take care of ourselves. We need to remember to eat, right? We need to not make the excuse of, I just want to snack to let me prepare a healthy snack.
[00:09:49] You know, one thing we started doing to help with that was buying fruit and Sunday night, I am chopping fruit containers and containers of fruit. So, Lupe can quickly grab a bowl, scoop some fruit, and get back to her desk.
[00:10:02] Because you know what, it is not hard work, but the fruits not chopped up, I will not eat it.
[00:10:08] It is just easier to grab a bag of chips.
[00:10:10] Because I am lazy. That is what it is. It is laziness.
[00:10:14] Remember to drink water. Remembered a meal prep. Remember to take the extra couple of minutes to eat a healthier snack than not.
[00:10:23] With all of the stress. I mean, it would have been easy for me, last night to change the channel from news. to something else to kind of unwind and distress a little bit. But no, I watch news up until I decided it is time to go to bed. And then I turn the news on.
[00:10:41] And listen where we are, we go to Huntington Beach and hangout and there was unrest there. We go to L.A. My buddy is the manager at one of the stores at the Pike and he is down there boarding up. And we shop there.
[00:11:00] We go to Venice. We go to Santa Monica. This is so close to home, to us. And these are places. It is sad to watch a store that you drive by that you know that you visited get looted and burned down and it is. I am not getting emotional, but it is disheartening. It really is.
[00:11:24] Well, it happened a couple of blocks from us, you know, it was really close.
[00:11:28] The camera shop that we go to was boarding up yesterday. And it is four blocks away.
[00:11:35] Yeah, really close.
[00:11:36] Yeah. I mean, there is one neighborhood in between us and the shopping area
[00:11:39] Our local Target, our grocery store, our Rite Aid, you know, it got looted. It was that close.
[00:11:45] Yeah, it is, it is real. It is real to us. We are not sitting in the middle of some cool place in America, looking at this from the outside. This is happening around us. So that adds stress. It really does, you know.
[00:11:59] And I have friends that are peace officers. I have friends that are out there protesting, civilly, in the nonviolent demonstrations, fighting for what they believe. And what they are convicted about. And, you know, it is, it is close to home, people.
[00:12:18] So yeah, exactly. To our point, these are all stressors, you know, definitely hitting really close to home.
[00:12:24] So one good thing that has come out over the last few months, Lupe talked about Lubricity, a few months back and they are now sponsoring Sjogren’s Strong and we want to thank them and introduce you to their product.
[00:12:37] Again, it is called Lubricity and they were kind enough to send us a handful of samples that I have been using. I keep one in my purse, one of my cars, I had one at my desk, in the office, but now it is at my home office because I have been working from home. I really like this product because when my mouth is feeling really dry. I spray a couple of squirts in my mouth and its instant relief and it lasts for a while.
[00:13:07] Where water, you drink it, it is gone. Right? And I do not like chewing gum all the time. I feel like if I chew gum all day, every day, I feel hungry. It makes me hungry. I do not know if that happens to you guys, but I definitely want to talk about something that I didn’t like, or that doesn’t help me. So, I definitely recommend it. And they give us a coupon code.
[00:13:27] They did. And if you go to Sjogrensstrong.Com, you will see the Lubricity logo bottom right hand corner. And if you click on that link and use the coupon code that is on that banner, you will save 30% on your online purchase. And we really want to thank them for reaching out to us.
[00:13:45] You know, these sponsors help pay the Sjogren Strong bill and keep the show rolling and website and all of that. So, we definitely thank them. And we ask that you give them a try.
[00:13:55] Absolutely. And we only bring cool stuff to the show.
[00:14:00] You know, people have pitched product and services.
[00:14:05] And we always try it before we talk about it and some stuff we don’t even bring up because we didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with you because we didn’t care for it. If you ever hear us talking about something, it is because we dig it.
[00:14:22] And there is a lot of cool products out there that we do share with you because we do believe in them. Zienna glasses, Lubricity, the Colgate bite guard.
[00:14:31] Oh, shoot. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I still use that.
[00:14:34] And not all of them are sponsors. If we find something cool that helps relieve symptoms. We are going to share it with you, but we definitely think Lubricity for coming on board.
[00:14:43] Alright. I think that is about it for me. Do you have anything else on your list over there?
[00:14:48] It has been a crazy 2020. Take care of you and yours. Remain cautious and we will definitely get through this together.
[00:14:56] Until next time, sip constantly and stay hydrated.
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