Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sorry, it’s been awhile.
I’m sure some of you are wondering how I’m doing. I am just past the 8 month mark. My neck and chest are pretty much %99.9 completely healed. My face, for the most part is healed as well. However, I do have some bad days on my face. What I mean by bad is some open sores here and there (usually from scratching in my sleep) and sometimes my face gets a little red / flushed. Even on my “bad” days, it’s such an incredible improvement compared to months 1-5. But this only happens 2-5 days out of the month and for the rest of the time my face looks pretty darn clear! When I’m in the clear, my skin looks even better than when I was on steroids. The area above my lip sometimes oozes a little but you can’t really notice it’s there unless I touch it to feel the hard crusty micro-ooze. It doesn’t happen all the time but enough for it to be kind of annoying. Just recently, my elbow creases have been healing really nicely as well. Skin is much stronger now and not as many sores or redness.
As parts of my body that were originally affected are healing quite nicely, I can’t really say the same for my hands and forearms. My hands started to experience withdrawal symptoms quite later in my withdrawal (month 4/5). About a month and a half ago, I had a very angry red sleeve complete with open sores everywhere and thickened skin. It seemed to have calmed down a bit as my arms have started to re-gain their texture but they are still red, but not as red as before. Also, I have rashy skin on my stomach which has been an issue for the past 2 months or so as well as some eczema behind my knees. I’m hoping in a couple months everything will heal just like how my face, chest, and neck have.
Hair loss has been in an issue lately. My hair is falling out at a rapid rate. I’m sure it’s just Telogen Effluvium triggered by the TSW so I know it will grow back once my body normalizes. I’ve experienced Telogen Effluvium before when I lost too much weight in a short period of time and the hair loss lasted 3-4 months. The hair on my arms are gone too but just recently I’ve noticed some stubs peeking through my skin.
Anyways, here are some pics of my face that I took this past Sunday. Hope you all are doing well. Please let me know how you’re doing!