In addition to this being the first day of kindergarten I also had a dermatology appointment to go to. I would not have picked to go today if I had my choice. Had I known when I scheduled this appointment that it would occur on the first day of school I would have chosen a different day. Unfortunately, I had to wait all summer, literally all summer, to get this appointment so I was stuck. Fortunately for me, my dermatologist ended up only being a year or so older then me and had just sent her first grader off to school this morning herself. So she totally understood my puffy eyed look as we sat making small talk at the begining of the appointment. What a great bedside manner she had!
I had been sent to the dermatologist because I've had a red rash covering my cheeks and nose for the last six months that has not gone away. This can be a symptom of two different chronic illnesses so my rheumatologist, who had referred me, wanted to rule out one of the diagnosies.
Blepharitis. Which, in a nutshell, is an inflammation of the eye lid. This can be caused by bacteria, allergies, and other underlying medical conditions. So having Blepharitis combined with the red patches on my cheeks led myself and my dermatologist to believe that I now have Rosacea.. Which is basically a redness on my face, pimples across my nose and cheeks, facial sensitivity in my skin, and possible eye "irritation". I have it all! But, truly, eye irritation is what I have with Sjogren's. I don't find my new eye issues to be just a slight irritation. They just downright hurt every time I blink! Which, you know, only happens every seventeen thousand times in a day!
After being diagnosed the dermatologist spoke with me about what I can do to treat my new symptoms. I am supposed to make sure to liberally use my suntan lotion in the sun. Since my skin
Now, I am signing off. Because it's soon time for me to go pick my