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SKIN!

Hello.

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...

Me: What? I ONLY LIKE WARM, CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES.

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.

Comments

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initialdescent
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!
purplecleo
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
The eczema sounds awful! So sorry you're dealing with that. :(
indigosarah
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. ;)
elshastorm
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Hey! You still alive in there? ;]
What happened to the vegan-ness?

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

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
elshastorm
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 )