Posts Tagged ‘Rant’

Rant “You’re not really allergic to that…”

February 3, 2010

I do like to rant every now and then…

This time, it’s about my food intolerance to wheat/gluten. I live a wheat free life style because after blood tests the docs told me I shouldn’t eat wheat, to be honest I don’t actually know if eating wheat affects my eczema that much but since I’ve stopped eating it I don’t get any stomach cramps when eating, I don’t get bloated anymore and I don’t have this sudden urge to use the W.C.!

Avoiding this has led to my life being slightly more comfortable in the stomach/bowel region.

So when people tell me that avoiding wheat is a pointless exercise because it hasn’t made my skin any better I tend to get frustrated that they can’t see that eating it causes me to be uncomfortable.

Also, with my food allergies I tend to find myself in lots of situations were I have to refuse things because of my intolerance to wheat. This again leads to certain people saying such things as…

“I understand you can’t eat certain things, but you tell everybody at any opportunity that you are special and can’t eat things and you really are just saying it for the attention now.”

Priceless!

You understand? If you did then you wouldn’t be giving me grief for handling things the way I do! So no, you don’t understand. Nor do you want to, you seem quite happy being ignorant from atop your pedestal.

Tell people at every opportunity? I’d rather not have to tell people at all thanks. I’d also rather not have any skin allergies at all. And to be fair it’s sometimes awkward when people insist you take something because they think you are just being polite in refusing. A quick explanation and all is well.

The attention? Really? Hey look at me! I’m special because I have eczema and I’m allergic to stuff which causes me to be in pain at times and can sometimes lead you to feeling that all there is in the world is just you and your skin and consequently zaps all your confidence and before you know it you’re a mess. Yeah, real special.

And if leading a life of obscurity is how you don’t get eczema then show me where to sign up for that!!

Rant over 🙂

Rant “Eczema isnt a real illness”

December 22, 2009

Grrr!!!

You try living with it for ONE day… One day I challenge you!

It’s not other peoples fault that they have this attitude because they don’t know any better but boy does it annoy me that A LOT of people don’t count Eczema as a serious illness.

Where do I start with this rant?

I suppose if we start with the fact that the skin is the largest organ in the body. If I then told you that my eczema can and does cover anywhere from 10% to 80-90% of my body during a flare up you may then realise how uncomfortable it can get.

How can I help people understand?

I could tell them about the pain and the suffering and the way it can rule your life and decision making…? Noooo… That would (of course!) be attention seeking and I’d never be able to get my point across.

The best way I explained this to a colleague recently is by comparing it to when they have a spot… How annoyed are they when they get a blemish on their face I asked?! Even the mere mention of such horrors got them talking quickly and I sat smiling as the tales of how it was an end of the world type scenario for them and how they suffer a crisis in confidence! Hundreds of pounds gets invested in potions and lotions bought to help it go away or to hide these types of things every year, they may even skip a night out they tell me…!

I wait politely for the quick outburst of panic to be over.

A moments realisation of why this subject was raised and the look of guilt is hard to hide when they suddenly realise that this one spot is but a mere fraction of what I have to put up with on a daily basis!

Now I DONT want you to feel guilty, and I certainly DONT want any sympathy – you have to play the hand your dealt. But what I DO want is my condition taken seriously and not to be made to feel small when I’m suffering just because eczema “isn’t a real illness”.

Rant Over 🙂