I am miserable.
There you go.
I put it out there just so you know what is coming in this post.
Oh, the bronchitis is gone..so I am no longer coughing and wheezing like a two-pack-a-day smoker.
But I am still miserable.
It's called dry skin.
I am used to dry skin in the winter - it is part of living in the north and dealing with constant freezing temps and dry air and well, it sucks. But this year...it's been different.
I actually had to go to the doctor's today because I'm THAT miserable thanks to itchy, dry skin.
(Sorry if this is TMI...but you can stop reading...).
I have tried everything - I have a smorgasbord of lotions in my bathroom right now (seriously, I've bought FIVE different brands in the past three weeks) and NOTHING has worked. I have been taking over the counter allergy medicine, slathering lotion on my arms like 10 times a day and I am still miserable.
Of course, being the cynic that I am, I have spent that past few days searching WebMD for causes of 'rash on arms' and 'skin conditions' - I figured it was going to be something terrible.
I mean, why else would I be waking up in the middle of the night to SCRATCH MY ARMS????
I did it to myself.
I caused my own misery.
My skin was SO DRY and I scratched my arms SO MUCH (because, you know, I am 5 years old and don't know any better), that I am now on STEROIDS. And had to buy a $40 bottle of lotion that is supposed to make me better.
Yes, you did read that right.
$40 for a bottle of lotion.
Are you freaking kidding me?
Is it made with the horn of a unicorn?
It damn well better work, that's all I'm saying.
So, I will probably be cranky and irritable thanks to the steroids, but if they work and if the lotion works and if I feel better in a week, I guess it will be worth it.
*Update: 3/12/10 - So far I have taken 7 steroid pills (don't ask...I had to take SIX yesterday) and have used the 'infused with unicorn horn and 24K gold'** lotion once and oh my gosh, I might be less scratchy. Already. I actually felt rested when I woke up this morning. Hmmmm.
**Of course, I'm kidding. No unicorns were harmed in the making of the lotion.