No one tells you that life is full of diseases. We generally like to talk about pleasant things, at least in my family. I had a father who never took a day off in his career. (Only once when he had a kidney stone problem). Living up to such a father is a huge challenge for me.
As for me, I always struggle with my pain everyday, which is real physical pain. I don't have debilitating pain, but I have pain that is kind of silent and itching it's way up. Others can't see it, but I can feel it.
Am I being a snowflake?
Sometimes I feel like I'm being too narcissistic and snowflakey (because I think my pain is the biggest), but remember I bench mark my health with my father's health. As he is my most intimate reference point.
My dad always said he'd live to 100, but he had his first heart attack at 50, and then was gone with a massive one at 60. But he never talked about his heart condition, he never whined about it.
In hindsight, I remember him breathing heavily when we hung out or travelled together. He never complained about getting old.
He was the positive minded type who believed if you complained it would get worse. I think when you complain, you get educate others about the pitfalls and ambushes that lie ahead - in terms of health, finances, and relationships.
I come back to my childhood companion.
I had eczema, sometimes mild and sometimes severe, from the time I was 12 until I was 26 (I got married at 26). It was the most embarrassing thing for me, it certainly robbed me of the youthful confidence that any healthy man should have.
Now it's back, it started last year as a patch and now it's blown up over my left feet
There is no cure for eczema, you can take setroid creams and suppress it when you go on a date or a social occasion. You can aleiviate it by using moisturisers and lotions.
Now, I'm an adult and I don't feel like I need to hide my condition. So I thought, let me write a blog.
Did you ever have eczema, let me know what worked for you and what aggravates it.