Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Coping Methods

So here I am!  Roughly 10 months  to a year into my withdrawal.
I have learned to cope with my crap skin. And sadly most areas have only got the gradually worse. But it is so gradual. Every so called improvement undoes itself within days to weeks.

But the bright side is that I live a pretty normal life. I have gotten used to TSW and rarely spend entire days in bed anymore agonizing about the discomfort of my skin. I have learned all the methods and things to do when I flare...so life goes on. I thought I would share some of my solutions and things I do to help keep life normal.

Problem #1-Intense itch
Solution -Hydrotherapy... Fancy word for...get in the shower... Take your shower head and target it on the itchy area with hot water and then cold. Do this for about 20,seconds each temperature. Always end with cold...so when you put your creams on your skin is numb and itching is minimal

Problem,# 2 Inflamed skin
Solution- Fast for a day and sleep for most the day.  Sounds weird but when I don't eat and sleep my skin is always better the next day. I figured this out after some encounters with the flu.

Problem #3- Dry Skin
Solution- Olive Butter.  My friend sells it on her site lishuanaturals.com   It is great for dry cracked skin.

Problem #4- Discouragement
Solution- Resolve that this is just your life and your skin. I think what makes tsw so hard is because we are always agonizing over when it will be over? When will we have normal skin? And the list goes on. Just say to yourself... This is my skin and there ain't nuttin  I can do to change it. Learn to make it feel as best you can...but quit the healed thoughts all the time. After awhile the hope of healing becomes discouraging.  Don't let healing be your focus... But being as comfortable as you can with the skin you have!

Well that's my two cents worth!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Still In The Game

Hey TSW World

I am a couple days late on my monthly post!

I am still here! Still going strong!  Something new I figured out, I think I may only be 8-9 months into my TSW  Reason being, I had stopped in february of last year, but I just remebered I applied TS one last time at the end of March!  NOt sure how that really effects things.  But to be "technical" I am not really 11 months in!  But 11 months in sure makes me feel much better!

So whats new with my skin?

Well last month was hell on earth!  Went through some rough flaring...red sleeve Galore. Then I came down with the flu, after much rest I noticed my skin calm down.  Also I had a brother from church pray for my skin. Since that prayer & the flu things have been looking up.

There are some new things I have implemented into my life

1) Multi Vitamin
2) Skin Hair & Nail Supplement
3) La Roche Posé fancy named cream lol

These 3 things coupled with prayer and oddly the rest from having stomach flu have seemed to keep things as normal as possible.  Oh and of course time!

I kind of cringe writing this because it seems whenever I say things are good...BAAAMM, flaring the next day!! I rebuke that! LOL And hope all is well for a while

My skin is craving the sun! I don't know how I know that but in the dead of winter I can just tell some sunshine would really help me right about now!!

I hope you are all doing well!  Staying strong! This is one hell of a battle...and when it gets really gruelling I just rest and take it hour by hour!  I do my best not to think much of my skin.

My upperlip continues to be a very annoying problem area.  It heals then crack oozed heals and the cycle just keeps going! I wonder when it will quit?

My neck flakes quite a bit.  Feeling a bit smoother lately.  Arms are pretty consistent.  Little rashy, nothing serious.  Wrists and hands are pretty itchy, swollen  a little, but looking a bit better.
I know there is light at the end of this LONG dark tunnel!

Keep the faith guys!

Here are some pictures!
this is a good day! LOL


wrist-developing elephant skin

hand feeling a little better, just dry and old looking

Hand now, looking a bit better

Hand a couple weeks ago

hand during flare