Friday, May 17, 2019

Turning the Tables to Get Your Opinions and Advice

I'm pretty good at giving my opinion.  I do it quite a bit on my blog.  But, sometimes, a girl's gotta get some feedback for herself.  There's a few things that I'd like to get your tips and advice for.  Without further ado....

I can deal with the freckles.  Those come out like mushrooms when it's sunny.  It's the redness and bumps that drive me bat crap crazy.

I got the results of my biopsy back for my face.  Good news: It's not cancer or lupus.  Bad News:  It's a skin condition that I can't spell and it still irritates the hell out of me.  In short, my skin hates my skin and wants to attack it.  I've been prescribed meds and creams.  Up until real recently, I haven't noticed any improvements but I think the Hydrocortisone cream is helping.  

I'm not allergic to anything that I know of and I actually take good care of my face by washing it and removing makeup every day.   Some days are worse than others.  Today I don't feel so hideous.  Two days ago I was crying because I hated the way I look.

My question:  Do you have any tried-and-true creams, moisturizers, washes, or makeup that conceals, cleans, heals?
The inside of a Light Box

The biopsy also showed that the skin condition on my elbows is psoriasis.  My elbows are downright ugly and redder than my face.  To help with the face and elbows, I've started Light Box Therapy.  It's like a stand-up tanning bed (or so I'm told...never personally been tanning) but with special lights that radiate ultra-strong rays.  I have to go to the doctor three times a week and stand in the Box for 45 seconds at a time.  I haven't necessarily seen results yet but I'm going to give it a go for the full five weeks.

My questions:  Have you ever had Light Box Therapy?  Pros and cons?  Was it beneficial?  
Have any tips on how to prevent psoriasis flare-ups?

In other news, Jason and I are signing the closing papers to move in our new house May 28th.  We are on a tight spending budget for the next couple of months because of that.  Our current couch is in pretty good condition but stinks to high heaven from pet odors (two cats and a dog).  We've tried several sprays and deodorizers.  They work short-term but the smell always comes back.

My question:  Do you know of a product or home remedy that will get rid of pet odors from furniture? (Getting rid of my pets is not an option!)
Photo by Jeff Sheldon on Unsplash

And, last but not least, I've been officially blogging for 10 years!  I've come a long way since back in the day.  (and still have a lot to learn)  I absolutely appreciate each and every one who has been a part of my blog following.  I love the comments and interactions.

My questions:  Do you think blogging is becoming a dying art?  
What keeps you coming to my blog?  Is there something you'd change?

Thanks for helping a girl out!


Kristin said...

Ugh, I feel you on the facial redness. My issues that I dealt with for a few years ended up being from PCOS and some pretty huge hormonal imbalances. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this; it's SO hard when you can't change it.
My mom has psoriasis on her hands and she's on the new drug that's out there...Otesla? (Probably not how you spell it.) It works wonders!
Blogging is definitely becoming a dying art but I'll keep at it because I love that I have a record of our military life.

Suburban prep said...

I have not had the light box but a friend of mine has and she stated that it worked well.
I actually just had something removed from my face (near the eye). I think it was pre-cancerous. It made me a bit nervous as my father passed of melanoma that had metastasized to other parts.

I appreciate your blogging.
Thank you.
It is a way of keeping a record of your life and those in it.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have a skin condition ever since getting Remicade injections, so I understand how frustrating that can be.

I do think blogging is dying somewhat. YouTube and Snapchat/Instagram seem to be the wave of the future. I find myself blogging less and less as the years go on, but I do still like to catch up with those who've been around a while, and also visit blogs that have recipes that I know I'm going to like.

Congrats on your 10 years!

Renee said...

I am glad you don't have cancer or lupus but I don't have any advice or miracle cures for you. I wish I did!!!
I think bloggers used to focus on sharing their lives and making connections with other people. Now there's a lot more focus on selling stuff and not pissing off companies with bad (but maybe honest?) reviews. I don't feel that way about your blog. You share personal things as well as review products for companies without coming across as a total sellout. I don't think you'd be afraid to tell us if a product you tried was THE WORST. And you post recipes, giveaways, family stuff, funny stories and the occasional picture of your friend's strange dog, so I guess the personal touches are what keep readers like me coming back. If you are happy to continue blogging I am happy to keep reading!

An Apel a Day said...

When my boys were babies they each had a major thing happen: Isaak had Meningitis and Mica had a Staph Infection in his neck. They were given a lot of antibiotics. Both got what I thought was cradle cap, when it was really eczema from the antibiotics taking out the good bacteria out of them. I kept them on probiotics for a good while. After about 2 months they started to clear up!

My Dad had a red itchy swelling on his face by his eyes. He tried all kinds of things. He went to my allergist. He couldn't find anything he was allergic to specifically, but he had him on a Candida diet + Hydrocortisone cream just to get him over the hump. He was on that for like 2 months. He used to cream less and less (slowly). The diet helped mostly! Even that he eased off it for a bit. He's super skinny, and can't loose more weight.