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 on one of my sock-puppet hands that I realized how normal this was to me/us. And how funny it was that this was normal. It got me to thinking about all of the “normal” things that an eczema/allergy sufferer does that don’t seem odd or different because they are just a part of life.
So I compiled this list knowing that several of my allergy/eczema followers can relate. And those of you who can’t relate, consider yourselves lucky! However, everyone has their own little “normalcies” that they do in the privacy of their own homes. Care to share some of yours? Errr nothing creepy. I don’t want to know if you save your boogers and build small-scale versions of your favorite cities in the back of your closet with the little gems.
You might have eczema if…
1. You wear socks on your hands to bed
2. You sometimes wake up in bloody sheets
3. You wake up in bloody sheets and aren’t concerned
4. You wake up in bloody sheets and no longer look for the source of the blood on your body
5. You have itching scars on your back, behind the knees, and elbow pits
6. You say things like “my skin doesn’t like it when I eat tomatoes”
7. Your family members text you things like “how’s your skin?” Recently my sister, Christina, pointed out to me how funny this was. She sent me that exact text and then said “think if you didn’t have eczema how creepy that question would be?!” So true!
8. A hot shower is fun for about 4 minutes. Then you start clawing at your body like a schizophrenic meth head
9. You have tried every single lotion/cream/ointment/salve on the market to help the dryness and itching. Nothing works. Ever. When you see commercials advertising a new, all-natural, medicine-free, proven formula to stop itching and eczema permanently, you drunkenly (even though you haven’t been drinking) throw something at the TV while screaming profanity at the filthy liars
10. You have cried because your skin hurts and it’s just exhausting
11. You have cried because your skin feels good and looks amazing, and wish it could stay like that forever
12. You constantly ask people (even people you just met) to “scratch my arm” or “rub my back” because it magically turns off the itching desire and puts the whole body into a state of relaxtion. I live to be scratched and rubbed, I am 100% convinced that I was a dog in my past life. Seriously, I even like to be scratched behind my ears!
13. Your favorite place in the world is the ocean in the summertime, it heals every scab, rash, and blemish. As long as there is fresh water to rinse off in as soon as you exit the water- HOLY BURNING!
14. Nothing in your shower smells “herbal” or “sensuous” or like “lavender fields of marshmallows and cupcakes.” Instead, there are big, ugly bottles with words like “free and clear” and “tar” and soap that doesn’t lather
15. You know what the “itching trance” feels like. You get home from work, rip off your work clothes, and just enjoy itching every spot of your body for a few minutes while staring at a spot on the wall
16. You love steroids. And also hate them with a passion
17. You get asked questions like “whats wrong with your <insert body part here>?” or “why don’t you put some lotion on?” If only it were that simple…
18. You meet other people with eczema/allergies and instantly have a new best friend
19. You’ve tried every diet known to mankind, and not to lose weight
20. You realize how difficult skin issues can be, but are also grateful that it is nothing more serious. I mean come on, you could have Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva.
Stay tuned for my next post: I Missed My Calling as an Artist.
PS for those of you staying current on the wedding day countdown, we are only 6 days away! And my skin is looking great! All smiles here.