In 2 days I will be 9 months done with TSW!!!! I am posting this now only because I work tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. While I have my 9 month anniversary off of work, I am not sure how I will feel that day....it may be quite a few days before blogging again. This will be my second week back to work full time. I work 3 twelve hour shifts as a nurse. The days are long and I know I will be exhausted. Last week was a week of mostly 8 hour days with 2 twelve hour shifts. Not sure, but I think the stress added to my recent semi-flare. A "semi-flare"? That is what I am calling this right now. I am now sure I am in a flare state, but it is still nothing compared to what I have gone through the first 8 months of TSW. I still have no oozing or swelling. Redness is slight on the neck and localized areas of itching. Currently the areas I itch and have burning skin are: the neck, inner thighs, low back, upper arms, chest, and right lower leg. The burning is again, nothing compared to the pain I suffered before. It is a surface burning - more of an irritation than anything. I can still go about my day easily. Every so often I have to use my Neosporin with pain relief to alleviate the burning - mostly when I go out in the cold. But it does not bring me down, nor make me think twice about doing anything. I currently am sitting in my bath robe with an ice pack around my neck - just because it takes the irritation away. When my neck was flaring for the first 8 months, I barely drove because the pain was so bad and so deep - I couldn't turn my neck to safely switch lanes. So when I say this is nothing, it truly is in comparison! Now, would I like to have perfectly clear skin on my body right now? Ummmm, YEAH! But I will take what I have now over the first 8 months!
So I still have lots of energy even though I went back to work....I was really scared I would be slumped on the couch on my days off from exhaustion. It was truly a busy first week especially with a viral thing going on! But I feel better and am now getting things done today. I had to drive my mom home (about 4 hours away) as she stayed here for the week to help out. It was so nice having her here! She cooked and cleaned and kept the kids in check! We had nice long talks and just had a really nice time. I think my flaring would be so much worse if she had not come to help! She has seen me during some bad times and noted how great my skin looked this week.
Oh....I was going to take pictures today, but my camera was not charged - so right now I am charging it and will hopefully get to taking pictures today or tomorrow before work. I like to keep up with the monthly pictures. :)
And another thing...I just caught up with all the new blogs out there! Holy moly!! I cannot believe how many more TSW warriors are blogging!!! It is so amazing! Both good and bad.....bad because so many people are suffering, but good because the more we get the word out, the more people will become aware of this horrible thing!! If by some chance you do not see your blog in my blog list, PLEASE send me a comment with your link! I want to make sure I keep up with everyone! It's going to get harder with working full-time, but I do read all your blogs, even if I do not always comment!!! Some days I read off my laptop that has the busted keyboard which makes typing so hard! Currently I am on the desk top, but it is not as convenient to use it because of the kids and their schooling. Hopefully I will get my laptop fixed SOON!
OK, off to whip up some cucumbers and cream (yum!!!) and to get in some exercising! :) Then to clean the kitchen and change the sheets on my bed (first time I went a whole 2 weeks without changing the sheets!!!). Disgusting I know, but without having any dead skin all over the sheets, I just plain didn't think of it!