It's been a long and busy past week...but thankfully, a less stressed one. Not completely stress-free, but let's be honest, does such a day exist when there is absolutely, positively, no stress? Only after we die.
Molly is healing nicely. She's in her normal mood again, cheerful, playful, happy. Since she isn't a complainer, it's hard to determine when she's in pain or distress; now that we see her so full of pep we realize she was not comfortable with the tumor. At all. There was never any whimpering or crying, just lack of energy and no desire to play, though her appetite was never affected. She is so totally different from Tobey, our first dog, who let us know when he was not feeling well. I guess the male of the species aren't so different, one creature from another.
My son E, on the other hand (or should I say on the left hand?), had me running from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what in the world was that nasty rash on his hand. The rash was first detected by his doctor around his left eye. She said it looked like eczema and gave him medicine for it which took care of the problem. Then a similar rash took over his left hand. It looked awful; first it started as a slight rash, then as it got more intense I had him put the medicine from his eye on his hand. It didn't do much of anything. Since E has had eczema before, I was able to recognize similarities in this rash, though he'd never gotten it on his hand. It was always on his elbows or behind his knees. Still, I thought that's what it looked like, so I went to the pharmacy and got him some Neosporin for eczema. The itching stopped, but the rash got worse - I mean really bad. I took him to the doctor (his doctor wasn't in so an associate saw him), who determined it must be a fungus, since the eczema medicine wasn't working. The doctor honestly admitted he didn't know for sure what it was. He gave E another cream, and said if it didn't get better we should see a dermatologist. The cream seemed to work for the first couple of days, but soon after it started making matters worse. E complained every time he put the on medicine because it burned. That was not good.
His father showed up that Saturday after not having seen or spoken to his son in two weeks. All of a sudden he decided he needed to be a dad and take care of the situation because I hadn't done enough. He wasn't around when the rash started, nor did he know what I'd done, but he started putting on a show, telling me I should have taken him to see a dermatologist from the start, and taking pictures of E's hand to "figure out" what it was. I was angry and annoyed for hours. How can one human being disrupt a household the way he does?! He doesn't fool anyone; we all see through his act, including E.
As I saw the rash not improving, I went ahead and made the appointment with the dermatologist for the following Friday (this past Friday). Tuesday I got a call from J asking how E was doing, and that he'd been trying to get in touch with the dermatologist to make an appointment for him but was unable to get through. He claimed he was extremely concerned because the rash looked "dangerous". I told him I'd already made an appointment, and had gotten through to the dermatologist just fine. Once again, I was convinced he was just putting on a show. E spoke to his dad on Wednesday because it was his dad's birthday, and once again his father asked for a picture of his hand to see how it was doing. Friday couldn't come fast enough, as far as I was concerned. I wanted to get this thing over with once and for all.
Finally the dermatologist was able to see him, and guess what? It's eczema. No fungus, no "dangerous condition", just eczema. The medicines I had weren't strong enough to take care of the problem, so the doctor prescribed a stronger hydrocortisone cream and told us that, just as in the past, this would eventually go away on its own. In the meantime we would treat it, and there was nothing to worry about. After the doctor, I took E home and went to do some grocery shopping. I was at Walmart when J called asking what it was E had because E had told him but he didn't understand. When I told him it was eczema, he didn't know how to respond. His first comment was, "But that's just dry skin." Which of course it isn't, but I just said uh-huh. Then he asked about the blisters on E's hand. What blisters? E didn't have any blisters at any time. His skin was dry and cracked, but it never blistered. He claimed there were blisters in the pictures E sent him. I know there were no blisters, and he was being a drama queen as usual. Here's the interesting part: we haven't heard from him since. He didn't show up on Saturday to see his son or take him out, he didn't even call to ask if his hand was better. Once he realized the show was over, he disappeared. And then he wonders why his kids don't ever reach out to him.
The rest of the week went by fine. E finished his schoolwork a day early, which was great since he had to be at the doctor's on Friday. He's got straight A's so far, and we are praying that continues, since finals are going to be coming up in the next few weeks. His hand, by the way, has improved dramatically. I expect the skin to be back to normal before weeks end. Thank You Jesus! Weather-wise, it has been scorching. Yesterday we were in the 90's. Thankfully the humidity hasn't been as high as in the summer, but still, it felt like we were in the 100's. I don't even want to think about what the summer will be like. Praise God for air conditioning!!!
Saturday I stayed home all day getting the house cleaned up. We were all suffering the effects of allergy season this week, and I was finally feeling better, so I didn't want to go out and provoke my sinuses to shut down. Yesterday we went to church, then my daughter and I went to the outlet mall for a little shopping. There's a Bare Minerals outlet there, and since I had a $20 off coupon I decided to get some concealer. The small sample I got back in November is finally running out. I also picked up a neutral lip liner and a gorgeous blue eyeliner. Then we went to the CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet) and I picked up a Mac Face And Body foundation for $19. It usually goes for almost $30 so I was thrilled to get it so cheap. My daughter got some too. Can't wait to try it out! She had gotten a Forever 21 gift certificate back in December for her birthday, so she decided to bring it along and see if she could find something she liked. She got a really cute handbag that was on sale, so of course she was excited - I thought she'd start dancing in the store! We also stopped at Teavana for some herbal teas. She got a ginger coconut tea that is delicious! We had some last night, and while it doesn't say it's relaxing, I can tell you I slept like a baby. I could get used to that stuff!
That's my recap for the week. I'm hoping and praying we have a stress-free week, but if not, it's okay. God's got my back. Blessings to everyone!