Them and Us
Us are the lupies and everyone else who lives with autoimmune diseases. Them is those who don't. Us understands, them don't.
Prime example: as you know from the my post yesterday, the "great" job I thought I had lasted exactly ONE day. Today I was discussing it with the recruiter from the temp agency that got me the position. I told her from the beginning that I have lupus and have been very open about it. One of the problems I had yesterday was the florescent lights. I think being in the basement of the building with absolutely not a sliver of natural light and the construction of the building led to a higher concentration of florescent light. I could be wrong as I'm not an expert on florescent lighting, but it would make sense. Anyhow I was telling the gal about how almost overwhelming fatigued the lights made me which led me to realize that a job there would not be a good long term idea. Well this gal goes off on me and tells me that I should have told her about my issues with florescent lighting and even though legally I didn't have to tell her I have lupus in the first place but since I did I should have told her about the lighting blah blah blah. I TRIED to explain to her that each case is different. That some places the florescent lights don't bother me at all and at others they drive me crazy and I can't see into the future and know which will and which won't but she just did not get it. I told her that it was a great learning experience for me because I now know working in a basement under florescent lighting is a very bad idea. She continued her tirade that I will now have a difficult time finding a job because all businesses use florescent lighting. No duh. However with an above ground job, there'll be some natural light coming in (we don't have many buildings around here that don't have windows to the real world) that I'm not going to let florescent lighting issues stop me from working that lupus isn't going to win that war that I'm more than capable of handling the issue. She just doesn't get it. She kept going back to "you should have told me". I told her that I'm not psychic for if I was I sure as hell wouldn't be having that conversation with her because I sure wouldn't be living in the situation I'm living in. Hello winning lottery numbers! I also suggested that as a recruiter, it would be in her best interest to become informed about issues that are affecting her clients as in having a lupie for a client, become informed about lupus. If she had a client with cerebral palsy, she should learn a bit about that so that she can best help her client find the best position for them. Yeah, right, that would take understanding and work on her part.
Us are educated and understanding. Them are just plain OUT THERE
"I'm going to get healthy or die trying"