BUT then I went back to work in August of 2010 - I had a few slight areas of dryness and redness. They escalated here and there and I started using straight 1% hydrocortisone instead of my mixture. Then in 2011 it started spreading more and more. By February 2012, I was in a constant state of flare on my face and arms and started gaining weight even though my exercise and eating habits changed only a little. 2012 was a very stressful year for us and I was working a lot. I started using more and more steroid cream - but thankfully only the 1%. My asthma returned and really started bothering me by fall time. I was barely sleeping because of the itching and burning. I was trying to get back to the really strict part of our diet but I was too exhausted to do all the work.
On February 14th I came across Kline's blog - his mom posted a FB post on the GAPS FB page. I read the entire blog that day from beginning to end. I was in tears - of happiness for finally knowing what I was going through, and of shear frustration that the derms pushed steroid creams on me and so many others throughout our lives. I threw it all out - every single tube of eczema steroid cream! I was scared, relieved, happy, mad, sad, and pissed off all at once! I researched everything on www.itsan.org that was on their website. I was on fire about this.
Reality set in very quickly - I was hoping for a mild withdrawal given what I went through years ago. But given I never stopped using the steroid creams completely for any great length of time, I have now determined I am in it for the long haul. But I do have pictures to prove my skin will get better!!! Below are pictures of me in 2010 when I had a few spots on my face and neck. Otherwise I was mostly clear. If I had only threw out the creams for good then! Ahhhhh.....hindsight may be 20/20 but it sucks sometimes! :)
This last one is actually from spring or summer of 2011 so my skin was doing pretty good even then (at least my face and neck).