As Illinois' statewide stay at home order continues, we hope you are feeling well and staying safe.
We hope Lupus Awareness Month is treating you well and you are ready for Memorial Day.
If you are looking for something to fill your time with, check out LSI's YouTube channel. We have several videos - including the COVID-19 & the Lupus Community Web Meetings.
Next week will see the first of three Web Meetings. The Us in Lupus series is free and open to the public. Registration is required in order to get login information. Topics are The Immune System and Lupus, Managing Lupus and Lupus Resources. The events will be presented by E. Aliciee Griffith, Patient Engagement Lead, GSK.
Response to LSI's Petition HCQ to Lupus Patients First
Thanks to thousands for signing our petition to HCQ to Lupus Patients first petition! The result is the PRESCRIBER GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. DECLARATION. Read the declaraton here.
Please note that the Earl's Kitchen + Bar Anti-inflammatory produce pack listed below is not a suggestion or a recommendation but an opportunity specific to lupus patients during Lupus Awareness Month. Before changing your diet, talk to your doctor.
Earl's Kitchen + Bar 538 North Clybourn Ave Unit A108 Chicago IL tel. 312-929-3952 fax. 312-929-4049
Earl's Kitchen + Bar Offers Discount for Lupus Awareness Month!
My name is Kimberley Major. On December 11th 2015, I was diagnosed with SLE and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Over the past 5 years I have been on a roller coaster ride of flares, hair loss, skin rashes and severe joint pain, so I decided to make a drastic lifestyle change that began with food.
I am currently a manager at Earls Kitchen + Bar in Lincoln Park. I couldn’t be more thankful to work for a company who has taken the time to create an anti-inflammatory grocery pack to accommodate those who are immunocompromised during this global pandemic.
While I struggle daily with my own personal auto-immune disease, I also spent a month taking care of my Mom who is a COVID-19 survivor. My entire world turned upside down and Earls was there for me every step of the way.
With love and support Earls Kitchen + Bar in Lincoln Park is launching an Anti-Inflammatory grocery pack for the month of May with a total of 30% off with phone-in orders.
Lupus Awareness Month 2020
Lupus Awareness Month is the time of year when the lupus community takes time to educate their families, workplaces and neighborhoods about lupus. Education can be as modest as sending an email to your friends and family about lupus to organizing a Lupus Awareness Day at your office. We encourage you to get creative as you raise awareness about this often misunderstood disease.
LSI is expanding our Individual Peer Support to assist during this crisis.
If you are interested in participating in this program or volunteering to talk to others in the lupus community, please complete the form here.
We ask personal information to help match participants and volunteers. We will not share your information with anyone without getting approval from you. If you have additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 & Lupus Web Meeting with Dr. Rosalind Ramsey Goldman
Updates & Additional Questions since the Web Meeting on 4/2/20
Updated information is the change in CDC recommendations to use a mask. There was more talk about just talking as a way that the virus might spread.
Still the most important things to do are:
Social (physical distancing)-6 feet rule;
frequent hand washing;
also wash high touch areas;
stay home as much as possible
Face masks prevent you from spreading the virus especially early on when you might be asymptomatic, but face masks do not prevent you from getting it so please do the important health care measures
Please take care of yourselves: refer to the wellness links provided earlier
This is hard to do, but necessary to take care of ourselves
Q: What are some immediate things we can do or add to our diet to give our immune system an extra boost? (i.e. foods to eat, vitamins to take, fruits to eat.)
A: I am not aware of an immune boosting diet for lupus. However, we recommend a well balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and if you don’t eat dairy or green vegetables and avoid the sun you may want to take a vitamin D supplement. Avoid processed foods and limit consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and desserts. I know there are “immune boosting” diets online or recommended by some practitioners. I think if the recommendations are similar to what I stated at the beginning of this paragraph.
Q: Would plasma from recovered patients be more effective than the vaccine for SLE patients?
A: The efficacy of plasma infusions for COVID-19 is experimental. This strategy has been tried for other infections and it does not always work. Therefore, it should be done under supervision either in the hospital or part of a clinical trial. Once we have scientific evidence for how or if to use this treatment, we will be able to provide more specific guidance.
COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance This registry is for healthcare providers to enter data about their rheumatology patients with COVID-19 infections. It is hosted on the REDCap survey platform at UCSF.
These sites provide reliable information on COVID-19- - Click the image to be directed to the website. If you have questions, please contact us at 312-542-0002 or email@example.com
If you have lupus and suffer from low energy or you feel tired often, you may qualify for the Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial (LIFT) – a study being done to test two treatment programs to help people with lupus better manage their fatigue.
STUDY OF OMEGA-3 REPLACEMENT WITH KRILL OIL IN TREATMENT OF SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS
The study is a 24 week randomized, double-blind controlled multicenter study followed by an open label extension treatment for another 24 weeks. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the correction of the omega-3 deficiency may reduce disease activity in SLE patients.