Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ok, I have been dealing with a very itchy rash, redness, and swelling for the past two weeks. I went to the doctor, she told me that I have 'eczema' and that it was unlikely to find out what caused it but that it is the most common type of skin problem to have and that she had a cream that really works to help alleviate the symptoms. I now have 'traimcinolone acetonide' cream. I put it on two times a day. Two of my areas have dramatically improved. The largest rash on the back of my left knee and the rash/heat/swelling on the right arm/elbow area is still there. The itching is much improved. However, the medicine makes me sleepy and I seem to be retaining water. I'm not hungry at all. I'm dreadfully thirsty and my glands are really swollen. The cream is a steroid but the doctor said that it doesn't have the side effects of being on a course of prednisone.
I have done a lot of research. The general opinion is that some people are having a reaction to food, some are having a reaction to a virus, and some are reacting to something that is on their skin such as a harsh soap that has fragrance in it. Some of my friends have suggested that I start by eliminating dairy for a while because they react to dairy. I am starting there. The other possibilities could be wheat, corn, eggs, or even some people get sick from the night shade family (tomatoes, egg plants, potatoes).
The doctor told me to moisturize the area and to only use fragrance free cleansers, not actual soaps. I bought a ton of stuff over the counter including several lotions and a couple of topical natural remedies. I read online that we need to avoid leaving sweat on our skin. That plus my tiredness has put a damper on my exercise regime.
Some of the natural remedies include applying shea butter with chaparral and rosemary or coconut oil. Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4pZ
wp7Pjbs is a really bad you tube video in which the young lady in question suggests ingesting 2 tsp of olive oil/day and taking olive leaf supplements. I am also going to give that a try. I bought myself a nice Newman's Own Organic Extra Virgin Cold Press bottle and I am enjoying the oil with a little lemon juice. That is how most Italians enjoy their olive oil and it is supposed to make the oil bio-available. Besides, its also gluten free, full of healthy fats, and helps boost up my healthy calories.
I have had a very hard year. I started the year with 3 months of antibiotics due to a bacterial infection that I caught from a bug bite. Then due to the meds, I put on 30 lbs. even though I was exercising and counting calories. Needless to say, I was not happy. Then, I had to prepare the house to be refinanced (some repairs had to be done.) That was an intense process. Then, I got a job. Getting a job was great on one hand but on the other hand I was exposed to the smoke from the Rim Fires a lot and I would have to go out and inspect anyway. I developed a very raw throat. Because of that soreness, which lasted for 6 weeks, I was open to another infection. This time, it was viral. A nasty cold went through my community, everybody got it, but I did not get better. I developed a red rash on my face that was an element of the virus. I had to take benadryl for the rash. The benadryl did work but the skin damage took over 6 weeks to clear up. Just when I thought I was getting better again, I got this eczema.
I still have a couple of weeks left of work to do on my job before I can turn in the project. I am feeling daunted by the prospect of having to think one thought after another while feeling this darn tired. But, I am better in the AM. My plan is to do at least 4 hours in the morning, sort of ease into it. Every little bit helps. Also, the fact that its just computer work really helps.
It will be ok in time. I just have to figure out what is giving me such a bad time. The truth is that it was likely my own immune system being suppressed from the fires that started this whole thing. Basically, I was feeling run down and when you feel run down is when you are the most likely to get sick. I even had a couple of panic episodes a few weeks ago. I'm improving from that but what it tells me is that my adrenal system was not at its best and that I just really need to take very good care of myself.
I have also increased my intake of probiotics (on the suggestion of a Cathlete) and I am increasing my billberry to a full dosage. I am taking triphala for my GI health. The good news is that I am digesting food and my GI tract seems to be ok, unlike how it was a couple of weeks ago.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
My negative motivation to get me moving and off of fattening food is the prospect of being heavier than I already am. I am terrified of being so obese that I am in a wheel chair.
The good news is that even if I am not up to exercise, that diet is the primary thing that controls and alters your body fat composition. This is both good and annoying. Why? Because you can control what you eat. But, you eat a lot more than you exercise. Even if you exercise 2x/day, most people still eat at least 3x/day. Food is around us all the time. The trick is to eat foods that satisfy and help break the allure of fattening snacks (not that all snacks are bad!).
For me, success begins in the kitchen. I often do best if I precook my food for the following day or at least do the cutting and chopping the day before. Success starts with a plan.
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