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Oh hey the PUPPP. I broke down and started using the topical steroids, and was on them for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, you have to take a week off, and this was that week. Now when I was on the steroids, I thought they were only helping a little, because while the rash was less violent I was still really itchy. Now I have clarity - the steroids were doing A LOT. Just a couple of days ago I was telling a friend who asked if I was having meltdowns about it that I wasn't, I was doing okay, the week off has been rough but so far I'm holding it together, etc. Last night? I totally had a meltdown about it. Because it is SO BAD now that I have been off the steroids for nearly a week, and it both hurts and itches...wearing clothes is uncomfortable, but so is not wearing them, being touched is hard unless it's with oil, my hands are awful...and I achieved the 26 week mark yesterday, which did not feel like a victory. It was like, oh, it's this bad NOW? And we have HOW MANY WEEKS LEFT? So yeah, it is rough. I cannot freaking wait until tonight, when I apply steroids again. I didn't want to get into this cycle, we are.

Other than that particular misery, things are good. We celebrated Ryan's birthday this weekend (it was actually last weekend, but we were visiting family for Easter, so), saw our friends with new baby and went out to dinner with them, and Ryan and Sophie went biking for the first time this season - they had hoped to do Cycle the City with the organized group tour, but it was cold and rainy so they set off with them and came back after a mile or so when Sophie said she couldn't take it anymore. (She speaks very highly of the biking though, it was her first time out in the WeeHoo!)

Raspberry seems well, with his wiggling and kicking. He jumps around a lot when I'm really itchy (mostly when I scratch - I hope he is feeling the happy brain chemicals that come from scratching, and not the distress of the itch). I was almost diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but in the end, I wasn't. I did the breakfast screen, and I failed it by a few points the first time and tested precisely on the line the second time. This should be a relief but honestly, I'm a little paranoid about my blood sugar now!

OK, I have granola in the oven that needs a stir. I just wanted to complain for a minute, and stuff. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. :)

Date: 2014-04-29 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm reading! I have nothing to say, but I'm reading, and enjoying, and also not enjoying that you are occasionally miserable. I hope you find some relief from the itching and hurting. And that Raspberry continues to do well! :)

Date: 2014-04-29 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I found out about using grandpa's pine tar soap (in health food stores) to help with the rash after the boys were born, so I never used it, but I had several folks recommend it highly. You shower with that, or oatmeal soap, and then use the steroid cream afterwards

Or slapping cold compresses on the worst spots. I remember the pain (mine was localized mainly in the stretch marks area)


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