We are a hot mess.
All red, chapped fingers (me) and bleeding patches on back and legs (her). I had no idea what eczema was until I was 18, even though I suffered with it my whole life. And now, it is our whole life. Or at least, a big chunk of it.
She and I, cracked and itchy skin, binding us together like everything else.
If I could add up all the ointments and all the prescriptions and all the money, I'm sure it would be enough to cover our next five years in Ireland. It's at least enough to meet our very high deductible, to spend a good portion of our time and income at Target, to have a linen closet full of things we've tried, things which have failed, things I have talked my husband into making (homemade detergent and multipurpose cleaners).
We are one giant science experiment. The variables are always changing, but the constant is stays the same: frustration (partnered with pain and tears). So I have spent the better part of this weekend on the National Eczema Association's website. I had no idea such a site existed! (Yes, that is how informed I am on our fun little genetic disease). Did you know that Corticosteroids thin your skin?
A dozen years later, I do. Still, they are one of the most effective treatments, even while - in the long run - making things worse. Can you read the frustration in every syllable?
Yes, we are both a hot mess. But on the plus side, my sad hands have relinquished dishwasher duty to the husband. See? For every eczema cloud, a silver lining.
Oh, another silver lining? Here's a not-entirely-exhaustive list of items that (so far) have helped a bit more than hurt.
Dry homemade detergent (grated ivory, washing soda & borax)
Arm & Hammer (Free & Clear)
Trader Joe's Tee Tree Tingle
TAC in Aquaphor
Do health issues drive you as insanely crazy as they do me? How do you cope with the cost, the time, the frustration?
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