17 April 2010
22 March 2010
08 March 2010
I have psoriasis. You’d think that would be enough to have to say, but it’s not. Therefore, I will attempt to answer a whole lot of questions here:
No, it is not the same as eczema. Eczema is a histamine reaction through the skin. Psoriasis is an over-production of skin cells in a highly localized area; it is believed to be an auto-immune system disorder.
Yes, I have tried that cream / remedy / lotion / pill / method.
No, this is not merely a “dry skin” disorder.
Yes, I see a doctor about it.
No, it’s not affected by the seasons.
Yes, I realize it’s unsightly.
No, there is no cure. It’s not like people are dying from psoriasis. Therefore I feel very fortunate that this is not cancer or blindness or loss of a limb or any of myriad illnesses and/or conditions that would be truly terrible to have to cope with.
Can we all agree that this is the end of the discussion?
06 March 2010
14 February 2010
- More Snow
- It's even snowing today
- Temps rarely even as high as freezing.
- Shoulder/Neck problems (getting better, but still challenging)
- Mom unexpectedly in the hospital
- Mom back home, but "physical therapy" consisted of one visit and a sheet of exercises to do (great follow-up VNA - NOT!)
- Husband has the blues over not being employed
- Dog vomit
- Cats want attention
- Knitted top lost to major gauge swatch lie
- Husband has bronchitis
- House is a breeding ground for germs
- Now I'm getting sick.
- Sock Moguls (finishing the 2nd of a pair of waffle socks) -- DONE!
- Cross-Country Sleeve Slog (finishing the sleeves of a top-down cardigan)
- Figured Lace Skating (finishing up the kernel scarf, which is quite lovely)
01 February 2010
The pain in my neck turns out to be a “moderate” bulge of the disk between C7 & T1. It’s being managed with physical therapy and medication.
These kind words were sent by my HP friend Katie:
While you're managing the impingement, try to find time to mentally set down all those burdens you've been carrying the past year or so...get the stress and worries off your back, so to speak, and remember that there are so many offering support. think there may have been times when it seemed that you had to be responsible for [your DH’s] well being as well as your own and it's hard living lives at once.
And if you have to speak of the pain, I find it easier to think of it in lower case letters – irksome but not worthy of Capital Letters [which are] for the important stuff like Love, Kindness, Happiness, Doggies, Knitting Patterns. I've found a way of pushing it off to a remote corner of my brain to scream and carry on all it wants while I'm consciously stretching and moving myself forward.
It's amazing and bizarrely rewarding to find out how much one can overcome, but I hope your discomfort is short-lived and non-recurring. Hope you're back knitting up a storm soon.