First off, today is a much better day - amazing how this TSW changes overnight. The first 5 months of TSW it seemed my changes would take days. I also had flares in differing stages, but overall my first 5 months was one big flare. Month 6 has seen a change. First I had those 2 glorious weeks of only ever so slight flaring in a few areas and a huge increase in energy. Then round 2 of flaring started. The past week and a half have been trying for me. The swelling, oozing, pain all came back ALL over at once. It was difficult and exhausting on me. I woke up this morning with little pain, little swelling, less redness, and a super itchy body. But it wasn't the bad itch that makes your skin shred off. Instead it was a flaky day - SUPER flaky day. I never had my whole body shed like this all at once before - again my body would go through the various stages of a flare differently in different parts of my body the first 5 months. It is as if my skin is strong all over today and only the top flakes are scratching off (except for the scabbed areas which unfortunately are plentiful today). I am so happy to have that oozing stop. It was just so much this past week!!
OK, I have been negligent in responding to comments. Initially I was so busy trying to get things done during my break. Then when my flare started back up, I was super exhausted. Today is a good catch up day. I am getting the kids schooling organized (in a major way) as I homeschool, and I am getting other things in life organized as well today. Tomorrow will be an errand day. So as for those lovely comments:
Lisa - Hey girl!!! Sorry to hear you are flaring as well! I miss you too! I hope you will find relief soon...so not fun this TSW thing! It will NOT break us - it will make us stronger!!! :)
Geanna - thanks for the tip about the adrenals and thyroid. I have had a big increase in energy levels while taking an adrenal supplement, but with all the vitamins and supplements I have been taking, I totally forgot about my thyroid supplement! I put 3-4 drops of Sea-Adine into a glass of water. Started yesterday and woke up today much better. I doubt a correlation, but one never knows! Definitely a big increase in energy today. So thanks again! Much appreciated!
Oregene92 - thank you for your kind words! I know we will look back on this and breathe a big sigh of relief that it is over. Doing better with mentally dealing with all this, but it still knocks me down flat on some days! Oy!
Miss Kitty - it is always so wonderful to hear from you!!! You are an inspiration to us all!! Your amazing humor and personality keep us smiling!! :)
Chantal - Oh dear! I hope you do not feel alone being in hermit mode - did not want to give the impression that I go out and do so much for the entire length of my TSW. I only had those 2 weeks of grand skin and high energy when I was able to go out on a near daily basis. For a few months before that I was only going out for groceries. It was VERY difficult and often painful, but with my husband working 60 hours a week, I had to start doing it. The first 3-4 months I didn't even go out for groceries unless I was having a decent day which only came 3-4 days per month. My husband did all errands and about 80% of the grocery shopping during those months on top of working overtime. (poor hubby). The one thing I did do was a speech and a day of video taping for an NRA video of me and my family....that was around month 2 and I thought I was going to die.
That's all I have time for now - have things to get done before dinner. Hope all is well!!! :)