Sunday, January 8, 2012

- I'm Resolute

I usually don't do resolutions.  Seems like not a good way to start the year proclaiming something that I  will probably never accomplish.  But yesterday I was G-chatting with Karen about hers while simultaneously doing some much needed internet research on psoriasis and I got inspired...

What?  It's been like at least a week since I mentioned my skin.  Let's talk about it.  When I was home I saw a dermatologist who thought that my skin rash was NOT Pityriasis Rosea.  She thought it Psoriasis.  Just like my scalp.  Except on my body too.  She gave me a topical steroid which helped and within a few days it looked A LOT better.  But you can only be on that for 2 weeks and my 2 weeks are up.  While I don't have any scaly patches, all of the patches have a distinctive white outline.  This isn't too bad on my arms, but on my back it looks pretty nuts and is still completely noticeable.  I'm not sure if that means that the rash is still present, or if it's a skin discoloration side effect of the meds.  So, while it's better, my skin still doesn't look awesome like it used to.  Man, remember those days?  They were awesome.  I took them for granted.  Also I'm more than a little afraid that it will just revert back to what it looked like before all this madness.

My scalp on the other hand is doing much better.  Although it is taking some extreme diligence and do you know how hard it is to find a mirror angle that allows you to see the back of you head?  Also, do you know how hard it is to be skilled enough to then apply medicine to the back of your head while using a mirror which obviously reverses everything.  Talk about a mind puzzle.  Spoiler alert: It's impossible and I give up.

So, knowledge is power right?  In my research I found that the number one non-medicine treatment for psoriasis is diligent moisturization.  Surprisingly neither dermatologist I saw ever asked me if I was doing this, had tried it, or suggested that I do.  Moisturizing.  Something totally simple, that I can do on my own, without prescription drugs (which I would rather avoid all together) - and no one thought that after all those long years in medical school they should bring it up.  Now also, I could take some of the blame here...if I have rough dry scaly patches on my skin - why wasn't that my first plan of attack?  I don't really know.  All I can say is sometimes you put 2 and 2 together and get 4.  Sometimes you get 3.  And sometimes you just don't even add 2 to anything because you don't think it relates to anything else.

What I'm saying is: I resolve to be the most moisturized person you know.  I'm going to moisturize in the shower, after the shower, before bed, in the morning, and probably after lunch.  And I'm going to moisturize with quality, simple lotions and creams - think Aquaphor, Eucerin, aloe vera and jojoba oil.  I'm also going to make it a mission to drink like 80-100 ounces of water every day.  And for the love of Jebus, I'm going to take that multivitamin.  Every day.

Once I find the bottle of them which is hiding in a box somewhere.

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