Can You Contain Excitement

Think for a minute and then ask yourself what was the last ‘good’ emotion you experienced? Can you even remember when it was? If you can remember when, can you remember what brought on this emotion? Did it last very long or were soon wondering where the good feelings went?

I am around lupus patients on a daily basis, and for the most part they are upbeat. Sure they experience lows in their lives, but they don’t seem to live there. But I hear just as often from patients who never seem to experience the highs of life or the good emotions. They appear to live in a life of gloom and doom.

It’s true that lupus patients do experience more down emotions than up emotions, but that doesn’t have to be so. Sure many patients suffer from depression, and of those, quite a few suffer from depression on a daily basis. But depression alone does not mean that we can’t also experience better emotions.

excitementExcitement is one of those emotions. Think about a child in the weeks just before Christmas. When I think of excitement I often think of it in this way. But I also think of excitement when I read the daily news about lupus. If you don’t follow this news like I do you may not know how much research is being conducted with regards to lupus. There is research being done hoping to find new medications, new treatments, new testing procedures, and research that everyone is hoping to find the cause of lupus.

This last week I read about a new procedure that has been developed that can provide physicians with information needed about the kidneys of lupus nephritis patients without performing renal biopsies. That’s right. Your physician can get the information he/she needs without the invasive kidney biopsies you may have experienced in the past.

For all lupus patients, but especially those with lupus nephritis this is EXCITEMENT inducing news. This new procedures uses something called Raman scattering signals to provide the required information. According to one of the researchers “We are proposing the nephrologist will puncture the patient’s skin, go to the surface of the kidney, and not puncture the kidney, but probe the surface of the tissue and acquire Raman signals,’ Mohan said. ‘The patient will feel a little pinch and poke through the skin, but the kidney is not hurt at all.”

Along with excitement I am feeling anticipation. Just like Christmas for a child, I can hardly wait for this to be on the market and widely accepted and used.

Are you excited now?

 

From the life of Wanda M. Argersinger

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