Monday, August 5, 2013

Emu Oil Part 2

Tomorrow marks the 4 week point to my emu oil trial.  No one asked me to do this and I am not endorsing any specific brand.  I had just heard from others that emu oil was very healing.  I am happy to say that my left hand, while still as itchy as the right hand, is less red and less swollen.  I even forgot to put it on most of last week during my calming time - barely thought about my skin and wasn't putting anything on it.  Given I only applied the emu oil for a total of 3 weeks, I am still impressed with the progress of my left hand.  So much so that I ordered more and plan to use it on one limb at a time.  I prefer personally not to slather myself with any one thing due to absorption and not knowing what the systemic reaction would be to any one product.  So for now I plan to spray the emu oil on my left arm - once it is looking like my hand, I will move on to the right arm, and so forth.

The pictures below are taken in the same light and on the same part of my couch.  I would have tried to get one of my kids to snap a shot of both my hands together, but they are on some mission outside....using their walkie-talkies, binoculars, etc.  Who knows when they will eventually come inside searching for food!  So I had to take the shots myself.

Right hand

Left hand where I used the emu oil on.

As for other things....I am still pretty tired.  Sleeping a lot.  Last night was my first difficult night in a long long time.  I fell asleep shortly after midnight and woke at 4:30 am.  Got up for a few minutes and tried to go back to sleep.  My body was very tired, but my brain would not shut down.  I wasn't even thinking of anything.....I was just mentally wide awake.  I tossed and turned until 7:30 am and fell back to sleep for 2 hours and got back up again.   Oh well - can't complain given how well I have slept through most of TSW.  

I am planning a huge diet change.  Was going to do the juicing thing, but decided that it was more important to put the whole family on the GAPS diet.  Been wanting to do this for the last 3 years, but it takes a lot of work and with working full time I was unable to do it.  Now that I am home, I think it is now or never given I will be back to work when I get better.  I plan to teach my kids how to prepare certain things so we can continue on the diet when I return to work.  They are 11, 10, and almost 8 years old.  I think they are ready to learn how to really cook.  They can heat things up in the microwave, turn the stove on/off, and cook veggies, but that is about it.  So I need to really get them learning how to prepare other things so they can help take some of the work off my shoulders.  

Life is relatively OK.  I am still ever so grateful for my neck not flaring with the return of my flare.  What a huge relief!  My legs are really bad.  I was trying to use a scalp massager for scratching, but it just didn't cut it - I found I was using my fingernails much more.  My skin is pretty torn on my arms and legs and shoulders from 3 days of scratching.  So I went back to my comb - I still open up a bit of skin when I comb my skin, but it's still better than my nails and gives me the same relief.  

Hope everyone is having a good skin day!  

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tracy,

    Emu oil has been a great help for me too during TSW. I only use it on my face, neck and hands (the areas that I can't hide with clothing), as it is quite expensive to use all over. I find it very soothing and hasn't caused any irritation like other, cheaper, oils that I have tried.

    I can't believe the difference between the two hands! Thanks you so much for showing this. I wish I thought of doing somthing similar.