The circle goes something like this: 1) Suicidal immune system tries to kill body (i.e. lupus or some other autoimmune disease). 2) Doctors give you drugs to knock out the Suicidal system in question. 3) Turns out that if you kill the immune system, you get sick very easily. 4) Getting sick ramps up the stupid Suicidal immune system which is trying to fight the infection (good), but ends up also trying to kill you (bad). So a minor sinus infection turns into a sometimes-lifethreatening situation as the doctors are stuck between wanting to stop your immune system from killing you and wanting to leave enough of it intact to let it kill germs. They're never able to get this balance right, because of that whole "Suicidal" thing. So, in my case, the number of platelets I have (those are the parts of the blood that heal wounds and stop you from bleeding to death) plummets like a rock. This time I've been lucky, relatively speaking. I'm right on the border of where the doctors start freaking out. In the past sinus infections have put me in the hospital and made me get a platelet transfusion. No bueno.
So, apologies for any comments un-commented upon, emails unreturned, etc. My body is ricocheting between "SLEEP NOW!" "Too. Much. Pain. and "Nom nom nom platelets." Plus, of course, there is that whole finals thing to deal with. #Lupussucks.