I have suffered with severe, painful, volatile, life-disturbing chronic eczema for over 25 years. Eczema effects over 5 million Canadians and 40 million Americans, and it continues to increase. I started getting rashes on and off as a baby, and would get taken to the doctor when the rashes would arise to ensure it was nothing more than it seemed. As I grew into a child though, my once little rashes began to turn into larger rashes. They began taking up large areas, seemingly taking up permanent residence on my body.
***Now hold on, before I continue, I need to let you know what an amazing help, lifeline and angel my mom has been in my life. She has been an importantly MASSIVE blessing throughout my health struggles. My mom was a registered nurse for over 30 years and she took care of me through my sickest years. She was ALWAYS there for me in the trenches of illness: At every doctor’s appointment, every dermatologist appointment, every skin specialist, allergy specialist, every 6 to 10 hour Emergency hospital visit/wait – my mom was there with me. Every full-body (scalp to toe) skin infection that I got; Whenever I needed help to bathe because I was in excruciating pain; Whenever I needed to be wrapped up in gauze from infections or weeping skin – my mom was there.
(I am actually crying as I’m writing this because my mom and I have been through a lot together and I feel overwhelmed right now.)
If it weren’t for my mom and her nursing background plus her in-depth medical knowledge, I would have died a long time ago. Period. My mom knew a lot about the medications doctors tried to put me on (both topically and orally), and she was able to navigate the medical world pretty easily with my best interest at heart. And of course, she was highly skilled at caring for wounded people. All of that was infinitely helpful in my case.
I’m 100% positive that my mother was meant to my mother. It’s absolutely stunning to me how fortunate I am that she was “assigned” to me for this life.
🌹❤️ I love you so much mom. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me. ❤️🌹***
I needed to highlight my mom before I went too deep into my eczema journey. I will continue what I was saying prior to praising my mom in Eczema Blog #2 (Part 2)! 🙌 🙂