I probably diagnosed my skin condition wrong, which is a prime example of why I need to stick to an annual doctor visit. Let me explain:
This is the third year in a row that my skin has broken out in rashes and hives this time of year. It's the second year in a row that the breakouts have been all over my body. When this happened last year, the only logical thing that would register was eczema. I assumed I had eczema, and when I treated the rashes as such, they cleared up. By the time I went to a doctor last year, the problem areas had cleared up. I thought I was right. and the doctor told me that I was treating it correctly if it really was eczema.
This year, the rashes and problem areas aren't going away. My whole body is itching intensely as I write this, and I'm not sure that it's eczema. I'm not sure of what's going on at all. I think part of the problem is allergies, and another part is heat. As a remedy, I'm currently trying to stay as hydrated as possible, which is a serious task and I hate myself for it, and I'm trying to lose weight. Again, let me explain:
The rashes started my first Winter to Spring transition after moving back to Texas from Las Vegas. If you look far back enough into this blog, you can see photos and posts from my Vegas days. It's pretty easy to see that I was a lot smaller back then. I put on quite a bit of weight after I came back, and in the last few years, I've put on thirty plus pounds. That's not good.
I've learned a lot about myself in the last few years, and I've learned to love my body as it is. However, this skin condition is making me completely miserable, and it's hard to get anything done. I just want to sit in a cold bath and sleep all the time. If losing weight helps, then I need that to happen.
I'm not sure if I'll document anything about the weight loss process here, but I'm hoping that writing and publishing this post serves as a bit of personal motivation. I need to think about my own health here. Wish me luck.