Month 5 timeline

Jan 6: first time I craves the warm sunlight since the is started TSW. I think it’s a great sign! I know rest of America is freezing but SoCal is as warm and lovely as ever. I better take advantage of it!

I decided I’m going to be more proactive about what I put in my body. I already eat generally healthy (Korean food tends to be better than SAD but worse than raw vegan juicing meals) but more has to be done I think. So I am eating about a tbsp of coconut oil, be more strict about gf/lf, eat more veggies and fruits, esp those high in vitamin c, take my gummy vitamins (idk how well it absorbs but it sure is yummy!) and continue to drink a lot of rooibos tea. I ordered chrollela and will start taking that as well.

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As you can see, my body is producing its own oil, albeit not a lot. The bottom is white because I scratched it and the top is normal (complete with oil!) skin color. As you also can see, my skin can now take a bit of scratching without breaking. The skin’s strength and integrity has come a long long way since the beginning.

I realized a while ago that I had already gone through withdrawal my first year of college.

Jan 13: my skin is healing well! My skin are clearly getting stronger everyday. That said my scalp and hands/forearm are still itchy every once in a while. No itch fits though. I’m itch free at least 80% of time.

Jan 15: I cut my hair yesterday which made me feel pretty for a first time in long time! Even though my face is still puffy. I can’t wait till my face gets better even though I know that may be a while because I used most amount of steroids, elidel and protopic on my face. Que triste. As of few days ago I seem to feel overheated when I drink hot things. Coincidentally, SoCal got really hot so I am now sitting in the sun and for the first time in long time I’m sweating a bit. I think it’s a good sign for healing of my insides.

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The lighting for year photos are actually very accurate. Who knew carpet would make a good backdrop. My face is a bit more red than it normally is due to scratching.

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That’s the worst part of my back. Rest have scarring and discoloration but no ooze or scabs or dry patches.

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Mom says the back of my neck looks better than the photo.

In summary:
Nicely healing spots – front of legs, back, torso, chest, outside of upper arm, butt
Getting there- both inside and outside, inside of upper arm, neck, scalp, back of legs, where legs meet butt
Still struggle town- forearm, face. Sigh.

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