Monday, February 21, 2005

Help! I am becoming a prune!

I don't know what the deal is but I am seriously drying up like a raisen! It all started with my feet which did not seem all that strange at first. In the summer I routinely go barefoot and live in sandals. So a little dry heel and calluses are to be expected which disappear in the winter.

However, my feet seemed to be exceptionally dry this fall. In fact, I hated going to sleep barefeet because my feet where so scratchy! They became like crusty dried up toast and the skin started to snag things. Harley managed to find a special foot cream called "Heel Rescue" which has helped somewhat but you have to be religious in using it every night.

Okay so I dealt with the feet and thought it was just age. Then in October I lost the ability to produce tears and recently I have learned that my swallowing difficulties and dry mouth syndrome are the result of decreased saliva production. I dealt with that too and still am.

But now, my hands are getting more dried and callused no matter how much lotion I put on several times a day! I have had dry hands in the winter before but this takes the cake! The skin is so dry that when I straighten my fingers I can feel the stretch of the tight skin. Plus the palms look as though I have soaked them in hydrogen peroxide for hours. They feel like sandpaper and when I apply lotion you can see hundreds of little line from cracks. They are improving at the moment because I just applied lotion for the 10th time or more today (that is not joke or exageration).

Okay I suppose I should do the foot lotion ritual now and get to bed. Have a great week!


Kristy said...

Hey, Rebecca, any time you want a ride, let me know! I've got my driver's license now, and I'm enjoying driving my friends around. Maybe we can go to some ASL event together sometime. I work in the same town that you live in, so it would be no trouble to pick you up.
Hang in there. I know it's hard. I'm praying for you.
I miss you, buddy! :)

Rebecca said...

Hey congratulations! Now you are free!

Oh I wish I had known because the silent games at the cscdhh were on saturday and I would have loved to have gone. This friday is the green lake asl coffee night if you are interested.

Miss ya too and was wondering about you the other day! Thanks for the prayers and good vibes! I think they are working as I have been feeling a little better the past few days.....went swimming tuesday at the gym...with a kickboard that is!

Kristy said...

Yeah, that would be fun! We had a good time the last time I went. Would you like a ride there?
Let me know. I'll e-mail you, too, just in case you don't have time to check your blog. :)
Also, you can check out my blog any time at if you want. :)

Steven said...

Dangit! Tonight was the Deaf Club meeting at the mall, and I promised my wife I'd cook dinner!

Rebecca, send me an email at steven.cochran at gmail dot com and I'll send you a gmail invite.