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So, either this thing is going to become a temporary eczema blog, or I guess I really have nothing to talk about.

Here is what happened! So, my eczema started to do its usual winter-weather thing, where it gets kind of intense and uncomfortable. I usually always have some kind of active eczema breakout on my body, but it's usually nothing too bad, just a small area somewhere easily covered by clothing. AND SUDDENLY! I don't know what happened, but every part of my body started to freak out and I couldn't use any of my regular stuff anymore.

And then! It spread to my face! And I was like, "THAT'S MY FACE, YOU BITCH!"

So I have abandoned my makeup, sunblock and regular products temporarily and am using nothing but Ultrabland cleanser, Full of Grace serum and Enchanted Eye Cream. Body-wise, I use nothing but DreamWash, King of Skin and Dream Cream. This is my best stuff, and not even this was helping to control things anymore.

Shit got real, I went to the doctor. I was starting to look like a burn victim. Dude gave me some kind of horrible poisonous cortisone-y pills to take for 5 days, plus a prescription hydrocortisone cream. At first, I was all, "Ack! NOT THE CORTISONE! I used it every day for the first 25 years of my life and it made my skin all kinds of terrible with even worse breakouts as time went on! I CAN'T GO BACK THERE!" and the Doc was like, "Okay, then stay like that, Croc-Face."

So I am now using the stupid cream and taking the stupid pills and my face is at least not red and swollen anymore. I have BROWN SKIN. Do you know how red and swollen my face has to be before it's noticeable? People were starting to stare, and I stayed home from work for two days because I could not deal with how self-conscious I was. I've never had it on my face before. It is AWFUL. And it hurts!

Everyone I know who has eczema has gone gluten-free in an effort to treat the underlying cause. Here's my new project: use the evil cortisone to clear up my symptoms and try to keep them away for good with being gluten-free. Stephen and I are trying it out for a month to see if it helps my skin and his IBS. I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS ONE, GUYS.

Doc: How much water do you drink every day?

Me: Uh... 72oz. In coffee.

Doc: Um...


So, as it turns out, spending the last year of my life not drinking anything but coffee and not eating anything throughout the day except for sometimes a bacon cheeseburger if I remember is apparently speeding me towards a heart attack at age 40. Who knew? The doc and I agreed that I would go back to trying to consume 8-10 servings of fruit and veggies each day, and drinking 2 litres of water. This, in addition to taking a B-vitamin supplement and the gluten-free thing is what I'm hoping delivers me permanently from the CRAZY ECZEMA.

My first Gluten-Free breakfast. Salad with romaine lettuce hearts, apple slices, havarti cheese chunks, strawberries, cashews, peanuts and soft-boiled eggs. Also, my multivitamin, my B-supplement and the Crazy Cortisone Pills are sitting across from my water bottle.

ANYWAY. Since then, I have branched out to Rice Checks, Greek Yogurt and strawberries. I am being very good about bringing my lunch, prepping all my fruits and veggies and I have somehow consumed three heads of kale in the past five days? I don't know. I'm trying to keep healthy and hydrated, and I'm off to a really good start. Yay me!

I will apparently try anything if it means I can wear my makeup again.


( 6 asked me only stones — write this above my bones )
Jan. 26th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you're still out there, and I hope your new meal plan makes your skin start behaving as it should. Your dedication is inspiring--keep it up!

Any other updates? How are the cats? And that boy of yours? Did the wedding ever happen? DETAILS!
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
The eczema sounds awful! So sorry you're dealing with that. :(
Jan. 26th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Having it on your face must've been just awful ... at least most other places you can hide it, though I'm sure it's still painful. Good luck with the gluten-free experiment.

P.S. I totally thought you were still a vegan but based on your yummy salad I'm thinking not. ;)
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Hey! You still alive in there? ;]
What happened to the vegan-ness?

Feb. 27th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)

I decided to not be vegan anymore. Not sure why, but it happened over a cheese frenzy one day and I never looked back.

I saw that you're posting again! I think everyone on LJ is starting to slowly come back. <3
Mar. 13th, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
I vacillated on the vegan thing for a while; I was on/off for about 3 years. And then my mom read The China Study, and I watched Forks Over Knives and it stuck.

A semi-come back, I think. My writing muscles are out of practice. :]

( 6 asked me only stones — write this above my bones )