Okay so the only people who look at this blog are Nell (maybe?) and apparently someone in Ukraine (привет! Please don’t hack me!) so I’m just gonna publish my excuse letter here. So I have psoriatic arthritis – old news. I am on methotrexate, a form of low-dose chemotherapy, in order to combat said arthritis. When you’re on methotrexate, what it actually does is steal all the folate from your cells. This kills the arthritis cells. It also kills your healthy cells – it can’t tell the difference. So you’re pretty much always put on stupid-high doses of folic acid supplements, which replace the folate the methotrexate steals.
Due to a miscommunication with my rheumatologist, my mother and I thought that he said to put me on two different supplements INSTEAD of folic acid. I was actually supposed to take them IN ADDITION TO folic acid. So for the last two to three months, without my knowledge, I’ve been losing all the folate in my body, making my red blood cells too large to pass through my bloodstream. I’ve had a “cold” for a month, which has turned into bronchitis and sinusitis, which I assumed was responsible for my lethargy, paleness, mouth sores, and depression, when it was actually my body shutting down.
Fortunately, this is an easy fix. It probably didn’t cause any permanent damage, and all I have to do is start back on the folic acid again. Unfortunately, I can’t get back the productivity and sleep and peace of mind that I lost.
Hopefully it’s all uphill (downhill? What do you say when you hope stuff is easier but improved?) from here. Anything apart from literal organ failure will be an improvement. Expect process logs shortly.