Last night, I doused my hands in moisturizer, slid a pair of cotton socks over them, and went downstairs to watch a movie with my fiance. It wasn’t until I was comfortably snuggled on the couch and resting my face … Continue reading
Sometimes it’s not the pain you are experiencing that is so troubling, it’s not knowing what is causing the pain. For two weeks now, my face has been red, peeling, and in extreme pain. On that stupid pain scale they … Continue reading
Wrote this fervently after my session so I could remember every little detail before they slip away. Please excuse any typos/grammatical errors ————————————————————————— I just had my first hypnosis session with Virginia. It was one of the most bizarre yet … Continue reading
I have a confession to make, one I am not proud of. I cheated. I have always had a strong sense of who I am and can resist temptation easily. I have never had a problem with infidelity, until now. … Continue reading
Vegan. The world makes me angry, confused, sad. How can people eat vegan when things like this exist: or this: I have never understood why people would put themselves through the torcher of avoiding such delicious foods. Vegetarianism I can … Continue reading
Today marks the 127th day (4 months) that I have been gluten-free. I have cheated a few times, giving in to Mellow Mushroom pizza twice and Wheat Thins a few other times, but overall have been really careful about not … Continue reading
My quest for both clear and steroid free skin has never been successful. In the life of an eczema sufferer, these two are contradictions. As you may have read in an earlier post, I decided to go gluten free as a desperate measure to heal my scarred and hurting skin.
I took a picture of my swollen and rash covered face 6 days ago, before quitting both topical steroids and gluten. It is not pretty, but I am not ashamed to show it! Eczema is not pretty. It is one of the most frustrating, depressing, and thought consuming diseases. It is filled with stares from strangers, worried looks from friends, “what’s wrong with your face?” questions, and pain.
5 days of a gluten-free diet and no steroids:
In this picture I am wearing absolutely no makeup except eyeliner. 5 days ago, my eyes were so swollen and itchy that the thought of eyeliner made me want to scream. I am excited to continue my gluten free diet, and to continue finding other ways of maintaining my skin!
I was talking to my boss at work last night about the “gluten free fad” and he told me about several people he knows who have seen incredible results, even those who are not celiac positive. He spoke of one woman, a regular at the restaurant, who was always overweight and had a horrible complexion. A month into her gluten free diet she had dropped a significant amount weight and her always splotchy skin was beautiful. I can’t wait to see the progress in the next few months if 5 days has already helped so much. I mean, if Miley Cyrus endorses a gluten free lifestyle it HAS to hold some value, right??
Last night I was working at my part-time waitressing job and was nearing the end of my shift. Hands full of glassware, I tip-toed through the busy kitchen and made my way to the dish pit. I have put dirty … Continue reading
You know that old saying “it’s like pouring salt on an open wound”? Well I’ll do you one better. Today I started pouring vinegar on my open wounds. I have either completely lost my mind or I have reached my breaking point when it comes to my eczema. I spent most of the day reading about the health benefits of drinking/topically applying apple cider vinegar.
I’m tired of steroid creams that are a band-aid for eczema. They are a temporary fix and once stopped the symptoms come back twice as bad. So today marked the start of my apple cider vinegar treatment regime. I have been drinking it diluted in water for the past few hours as well as rubbing it on my arms to see what happens.
I can’t help but feel like a bit of a lunatic as I rub vinegar onto my cuts. The pain is somewhat welcomed though… yikes that sounds a bit masochist, eh? I almost like making it burn because I feel like I’m saying screw you eczema, I will pour vinegar and salt on you until you shrivel up and die! Yeah, I think talking to and verbally harassing your skin is a pretty solid sign that you’ve lost it. I feel confident that anybody with an ailment as frustrating as this can commiserate though!
In addition to the vinegar treatment I have quit caffeine, almost all gluten, and sugar. Somethings gotta give, right? Even for people that don’t have skin disorder, apple cider vinegar has a ton of health benefits: aid in weight loss, allergies, asthma, eczema, flu symptoms, diabetes, gout, heartburn, fatigue, cholesterol, kills warts, and the list goes on and on. Oh, you can also add it to the washer to make your sheets softer, or clean your kitchen sink with it. It’s starting to sound like the amazing Windex cure-all from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
I don’t care what the natural remedy is (as long as it’s safe for me and my special needs)! If I found out that pouring reindeer pee all over my body would make my eczema disappear, you better believe I would take a reindeer piss bath every single day.
We’ll see what happens! Either my eczema will improve or I will really just be pouring vinegar into my cuts for absolutely no reason, great!