Monday, September 28, 2015
What's the big deal, indeed!
Well, over Labor Day weekend I went on a long bike ride -- about twice as long as my normal rides, 55 miles. I was riding with a super-fit group of people that kicked my butt. I kept up with them, and felt pretty good -- but then they opted to go off-trail in a hilly area, and the inclines did me in. When we got back I was beyond exhausted -- felt slightly sick for several hours.
Over the course of the next few days, my skin went to h*ll. I attributed it to too much sun, at first. But it didn't get better -- it got worse. My cheeks were red, but also bumpy with in a way that was not-quite-acne, not quite inflammation. When I googled rosacea, I learned that there is a form of rosacea that is sort of like acne. Pretty sure, at this point, this is what I suddenly have -- in spades.
Oh -- so THAT'S the big deal.
Exercise, and excessive heat, and excessive cold, apparently make it worse, along with alcohol and spicy foods. Pretty much the hit list of things associated with what I love.
What is to be done?
Dermatologists in the area are scheduling about six months out. I took the bull by the horns and did some research on treatments. Shhhh! I self-medicated with antibiotics left over from some illness. Dramatic improvement, but there is a good chance it will worsen again when I stop (I'm on day 5). Trying not to get my hopes up. I'm trying some home remedies, like turmeric and honey.
2015 has been a loser year
It's been quite a year -- the loss of my dad, Bob not working, big pet vet bills, and now, the Harvster is not well. Stress may have played a role here too.
At my age, maybe it shouldn't matter. And I was never Carmen Diaz to begin with. But it just feels like one more thing. I would have liked to have been spared this facial ickiness, there is a remedy of sorts. You see, it is much less noticeable when I smile. Keep on smilin!