Today is the date. D Day. Big cheese munching day. The end of 2 months of exclusion diet (well if you can forgive the couple of lapses) and I should be overjoyed. Right?
Sadly not. My hands have been really bad this last 2 weeks, my lip has also been red, sore and itchy. Not great really. I felt a bit mixed about it all, see no cheese makes no difference, its still bad. But the truth is I know it does. On the 2 occasions I cheated my eczema flared up so bad there was no doubt the two were linked.
So on Wednesday I went to see my GP. My hands were swollen and cracked so much so I can’t wear my wedding ring at the moment. My lips were red, dry and inflamed and even my inner elbows (what are they called? must research!) were looking mighty red and sore.
My incredible doctor, the one who takes his time, reads all my notes over and over, before he even saw my hands said “I’m afraid to look if you are here”. And he took one look and I saw the compassion in his eyes, that he felt just as gutted as I do that its back and so sore. Have I mentioned how fortunate I am to have him?
Anyway, we went through all the different meds and creams I’ve had over the past couple of years again, had a look at when my hands were at their most clear, back to last august when I was in France for 3 weeks. Could it be environmental as well as cheese? Could it be that I’m allergic to my new home? Why cant we identify the triggers?
Anyway, he took a good look and he’s pretty sure the pit of my elbow (i checked, its called the cubital fossa or elbow pit) is infected with some form of fungus/bacteria. At least it looks like a bacterial infection rather than eczema in his trained eyes. But the two always seem to happen at the same time (my elbow pit and hands) nowadays.
So we have gone back to the treatment I had before I went to France, some antibiotics and a anti fungal mild steroid cream that needs to be kept in the fridge. I need to continue on the dairy free diet for the foreseeable future and I have another appointment in 3 weeks time.
If by then the treatment has made no sustainable progress than I shall once again be referred to the dermatologist. But this time he’ll want me to stop all treatment before I go so my hands and mouth are, if not at their worst, certainly not well. Last time I went my hands were just slightly itchy, my lip clear and the dermatologist couldn’t really understand what the problem was as it looked just like very mild eczema! typical how your body always recovers in time for the specialist!
So today, my D date Ive been so looking forward to has been postponed. No cheese for me. That’s still the hardest one to give up as I haven’t yet found a suitable alternative here in the UK.
I guess there’s always a little hope to hold onto!