SLEEP: Sleep is better. I slept brilliantly in Portland because I was on an air mattress and it was 50's at night. I didn't sweat. Now, at home in hot Texas on my pillow mattress I sweat and wake up itching. On the whole, sleep is MUCH more consistent and regular. I don't feel as exhausted all the time.
HIVES: Hives are popping up as of the end of this month. They are uniform bumps and are itchy initially and then just take a while to go away. They are only on the still damaged skin. The skin that's really red after the shower. The skin that goes to hell when I flare. I'm assuming this is a good sign...?
BURING/STINGING: So, showers were moderately painful at the beginning of this month. The water initially was fine and then once my pores opened up, it stung unless I used VERY warm water. Then, once I got out, it stung for a good solid 15 minutes straight. Once I started using the restoraderm, it got better. The restoraderm STUNG when I used it for most of this month with decreasing intensity as the month went on. It would sting when I rubbed it on and then as soon as I used the water it stopped. Then using the lotion after caused the after sting time to shorten. By the end of the month, the wash didn't burn and the after sting was minimal. So, definite improvement.
SWEATING: Dude. COME ON. Sweating still stings and burns and itches like hell. The surface area is definitely smaller! It's now only my neck, face, and a little on the shoulders... whereas before it was my whole body that was under a fire ant attack. Living in the texas heat is hard.
CLOTHES: I've started wearing...wait for it... SHORT SLEEVES AND TANK TOPS! gasp.
Anyway... on with the pics.
|First time in a tank top in a LONG time. Went to the mall with my big girl!|
I ate cookies at the mall. Gluten and dairy free... but a lot of them. Paid for it.
|At the end of the day sometimes I have these flakes. Super hot.|
|No makeup... mild skin... Lips are meh.|
|Legs have been painful. Hurts to shave.|
|Few hours later.|
Ate gluten free pretzels on the plane and paid for it...
|These kind of hives all the time.|
|I ate an apple while shopping and the juice on my hand gave me hives. And irritated my lips.|
|Dryness subsided a bit but the hot redness comes and goes.|
|Spent the whole day outside and in a tank top! JOY!!|
My skin reacted crazy coming back home to the texas humidity, heat, and pollen...