Friday, May 28, 2010
1st and fore most, Madhu for the suggestion of the coconut oil. I am going to use it. I have been looking for something and you are my godsend...
And savedbygrace. Yep! That's what you had. Thank god it is gone and sorry about you being treated that way. It is a nasty rash and changes colors and sometimes you feel like a leper. I try to hide them things as much as possible.
I am so glad it is Friday. Mel will have Sunday and Monday off so we can spend time together doing nothing. Do not plan on going over to any body house for anything. Besides, it is going to rain all week end.... That's Seattle for you. But if you are a true Washingtonian, you will still BBQ in the rain, snow, sleet, hail, or any kind of weather..
I might splurge with my eating. I just might get a mushroom pizza with thin crust and eat 2 slices. Mel will have the Chicago style pizza. That will be our off the lifestyle food...
Anyways, whatever you do. Whatever you eat. Just enjoy it and yourself. Life is to short for guilt trips, should of's, could of's, would of's. Sing, laugh, dance, sleep, eat. Just do it with a cheerful heart and with those you love.
Have an Memorial Day week end my
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Two appointments yesterday and made them both
1. PCP: Checked my meds and kept everything the same...
2. Dermatologist: Found out what this rash is on my body... It is called eczema. Here is a picture of what it looks like... They are on my neck, back, arms and legs....he gave me a script for it but can't remember what it is called because I have to pick it up today.
A LITTLE INFO ON ECZEMA:
Acute lesions are composed of many small fluid-filled structures called vesicles that usually reside on red, swollen skin. When these structures break, the fluid leaks out, causing characteristic weeping and oozing. When the fluid dries, it produces a thin crust. In older lesions, these vesicles may be harder to appreciate, but an examination of the tissue under the microscope will reveal their presence. Eczematous dermatitis has many causes. One of the most common is a condition called atopic dermatitis. Often those using the term eczema are referring to atopic dermatitis. Although atopy refers to a lifelong. inherited (genetic) predisposition to inhalant allergies such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever), atopic dermatitis is not an allergic disease. Atopic patients are likely to have asthma, hay fever, and dermatitis. Atopy is a very common condition, and it affects all races and ages, including young infants. About 1%-2% of adults have the skin rash, and it is even more common in children. Most affected individuals have their first episode before 5 years of age. For most, the disease will improve with time. For an unlucky few, atopic dermatitis is a chronic, recurrent disorder.
A medical professional can usually identify the type of eczematous dermatitis by looking at the rash and asking questions about how it appeared. Samples of scale from the rash may need to be examined microscopically to search for a fungus. Occasionally, a portion of skin may be removed (a biopsy) to be examined by a pathologist.
The three key elements in identifying atopic dermatitis are
* characteristic appearance and distribution of a chronic rash;
* severe itching;
* atopy, or a personal or family tendency toward asthma and hay fever.
Removing whatever is causing the allergic reaction is the easiest and most effective treatment. This may be as simple as changing your laundry detergent or as difficult as moving to a new climate or changing jobs.
Prevent dry skin by taking warm (not hot) showers or baths. Use a mild soap or body cleanser. Prior to drying off, apply an effective emollient to your wet skin.. Emollients are substances that inhibit the evaporation of water. Generally, they are available in jars and have a "stiff" consistency. They do not flow and ought to leave a shine with a slightly greasy feel on the skin. Most good emollients contain petroleum jelly although certain solid vegetable shortenings do a more than creditable job.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting, rough, or scratchy clothing.
Avoid scratching the rash. If you can't stop yourself from scratching, cover the area with a dressing. Wear gloves at night to minimize skin damage from scratching.
Anything that causes sweating can irritate the rash. Avoid strenuous exercise during a flare.
An anti-inflammatory topical agent may be necessary to control a flare of atopic dermatitis.
* Apply an nonprescription steroid cream (1% hydrocortisone). The cream must be applied as often as possible without skipping days until the rash is gone.
* Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in pill form may be taken for the itching. Caution: This medication may make you too drowsy to drive a car or operate machinery safely.
* Clean the area with a hypoallergenic soap as necessary. Apply an emollient over the topical steroid.
Avoid physical and mental stress. Eating right, light activity, and adequate sleep will help you stay healthy, which can help prevent flares.
Do not expect a quick response. Atopic dermatitis is controllable but consistency in application of treatment products is necessary
Prescription-strength steroid cream and antihistamine medications are the usual treatments.
If your health-care provider determines that you have a secondary bacterial infection complicating your rash, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed.
For severe cases not responding to high-potency steroid cream, alternate treatments may be tried. These include coal tar, PUVA (psoralen + ultraviolet A light), and chemotherapeutic agents.
That's it in a nutshell.
So I will end here with you all having a great Memorial Day Week-end. Whether you... whatever you decide to do.
and have a fantastic
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
First of all. I need to say to Madhu for the breathing exercises. They are excellent and I try to do them when I remember...
Next. I am on BP meds but it is probably a combination of that an something else. That's why they are doing the VNG Testing.
For those who don't know what VNG is, here is a short explanation of what it is and what may be causing it. The dizziness.
Videonystagmography (VNG) testing
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There are different aspects of the balance system which can malfunction. In some people the problem is an irreversible injury to the nerves which serve the “gyroscope” of the inner ear, called the vestibular system. Fortunately, the brain has a remarkable ability to recognize when one of the vestibular systems is not working correctly. At first a person with a vestibular “weakness”, or vestibulopathy, feels disoriented and maybe sick to the stomach. With time the brain usually learns to disregard this faulty information. In other words, the brain “compensates” for the problem.
Videonystagmography (VNG) refers to a series of tests that evaluate the contribution of the three systems that keep us in balance, vestibular (inner ear), visual, and the somatosensory (input from contact with the surfaces we are walking on). The brain combines the information from each of these three systems and keeps us in balance as we walk, turn our head, read, drive, etc.
Our window into the balance system are the eyes. Goggles are worn while a series of simple tasks, such as following the movement of a light on a bar, changing head and body positions are performed. A separate portion of the test stimulates the vestibular system directly by delivering warm then cool air into each ear. Information from the tests is combined with other clinical information to determine if the balance disorder is ear related or not. Then a strategy for treating the disorder is formulated. This may include vestibular rehabilitation exercises or referral to other medical specialties.
Because the balance system is stimulated during the test, we recommend having someone available to drive you home afterwards.
The test takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete.
for Instruction sheet, click here .
for our handout "Lower Your Risk of Falling" click here .
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a series of different exercises that help speed up the recovery, or compensation, of the balance system. These are usually very simple, repetitive movements of the eyes or head. They should require about 15 minutes of your time daily for 6 weeks. They are taught during one 30-minute appointment in our Providence office. You will be provided customized written exercises to take home. A follow-up appointment with limited testing will be scheduled for 6 weeks after the start of the program.
Did I mention that they blow cold then hot air into your ears. Then cold then warm water into your ears? I am not looking forward to this test at all. I go on June 11th at 3:45 (PST)
YESTERDAY: Excellent day. I will be getting a skilled nurse who comes in and checks me out twice a week and reports any changes to my Dr. I also will be having someone come in 5 days a week to help me around the house for whatever needs to be done. She will give 4 hrs a day. A much, much needed break for Mel and a burden off of my mind. Don't have time now but will blog about all the useful and important info she gave me to help me.
TODAY: 2 dr appointments...
I hope I can make both of them. At 2pm, I go to the dermatologist to see what exactly are these rashes I have. The meds they gave me before are not working and they don't have a clue as to what it is. Then I have to be at my PCP at 3:20pm for him to go over my meds and make any changes. Then done for the week...
Will update tomorrow. Till then...Have a day and hang in there everyone...
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