REVEIW: Skin Fix Soothing Wash

Hi there, it’s time for my first review!

A few months ago I won a lovely bottle of Skin Fix Soothing Wash.

Having really bad eczema, I was super excited to try it.

Back story is I LOVE baths and showers, unfortunately they tend to irritate my skin and leave me feeling more flakey and itchy than before I step into them.

This body wash contains vitamin E, jojoba oil, colloidal oatmeal and other extracts of seeds and natural ingredients.

The pump action of the bottle is a godsend to someone who has fibromyalgia, it’s super easy to use and no twist caps or squeezing bottles!

It’s fragrance free but does have a slight medical scent to it, I didn’t mind though as after using prescribed lotions and potions, the scent was barely anything and didn’t actually smell bad!

I only needed a little bit of this lotion and it DIDN’T STING! Which is epic!!!

I felt clean after using it and didn’t itch or feel as “raw” after my shower!

I don’t think it helped my eczema but it definitely didn’t make it worse which is a win win for me!

All in all would definitely buy this when it runs out!

Rating: 4 out of 5

You can buy this here:

Soothing Wash

Or in Boots (which is also awesome because it’s not far from my home!!)

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Stop! Read this.

So, news of Lady Gaga’s battles with fibromyalgia emerged last week. My heart goes out to her and I’m glad she’s taking time to herself, but this post isn’t about her.

Stop, if you’re reading this then I hope it’s so that you can learn about chronic illness, but the sceptic in me also knows there will be people reading this that don’t have it but think they do, because all of a sudden it seems “cool” to have an illness. (I honestly don’t understand this way of thinking but hey ho)

Fibromyalgia isn’t glamorous, it’s not resting and relaxing all day. It’s not popping pain killers and going on a night out or shopping because the pain killers have magically worked.

It’s feeling unbelievably isolated because no one visits you anymore.

It’s sleepless nights where you can’t find a position that doesn’t make you want to throw up in pain.

Fibro is forgetfulness and episodes of feeling utterly useless and a burden.

It’s crying when it takes you 10minutes just to manoeuvre yourself to get out of bed to go to the loo.

Fibromyalgia is trying every product possible that says it can give you pain relief, even it’s going vegan and giving up coffee (I lasted about a week, but I’m still very much veggie)

This is only a tiny little list of reasons why you might want to forget about “having” fibromyalgia, I forgot to mention that it will probably take on average 1-2years before you get diagnosed. You’ll have every test and blood test available and you will be put on that many different meds that you won’t know if you’re coming or going. Also, you’ll be called a liar and a hypochondriac.

So yeah, think before you decide that chronic illness is cool.

Today I had a to do list..

Today I had a to do list,

But I didn’t get much of it done,

I started on it early enough but I didn’t have much fun.

I started washing up,

And then I folded clothes,

By 10am I was done in,

Like anyone with fibro knows.

It really got me annoyed,

I felt like giving it all in,

I ached and ached all over,

Today went in the bin.

Tomorrow is a new day though,

I’ll try and get some rest,

I’ll have a cup of tea and mope,

But tomorrow I’ll try my best.

Me, today, in the bath!

On a more serious note, I’m currently in the stage of what I call “half-flare”

It’s the stage when I know that my body is telling me to slow down, it’s screaming at me every morning, but I also know that if I don’t get my “to-do” lists done then I’ll kick myself when the flare kicks in.

It’s like waiting for the storm to come and not knowing how to prepare for it!

Hope you’re all having a painfree day

Things you really shouldn’t say to someone with fibromyalgia PART1

So, if you’re reading this then you’ve probably heard of fibromyalgia, or you’re hoping to learn about it in some way, so hello!

Today’s blog is a list of phrases, statements and questions that I, as a fibro sufferer, hate hearing. You may find that most chronic illness sufferers feel the same way too!

1. “Oh i would love a day in bed now and then”

I’m sure you would, most people do! However it can also be extremely frustrating when you HAVE to rest, as opposed to wanting to. There’s only so many books you can read, Netflix binges and videogames to be played before boredom well and truely kicks in. Also, sleep can evade you due to the amount of pain you’re in. Not good!

2. “Wow, you look great, I guess you’re better now!”

Fuck no. But I probably dragged a brush through my hair so thanks for noticing that I don’t look like a cavewoman today.

On that note, I’ll probably never be better but thank you for reminding me of that love.

3. “My husbands aunts hamster tried this and she’s cured”

That’s great news, but here’s the kicker. Not every “cure” works for everyone. Heck, even meds can decide not to work for me after a while so yeah.

4. “Have you tried yoga and green tea?”

Yes, have you?

Did you know it can take upto half hour for me to drag my sorry ass out of bed on a morning? Let alone do yoga or other kinds of “light” exercise. Also, coffee is in my blood. I need it to survive. I have a 4year old, I need caffeine otherwise there’s really no point to the day. Life’s too short to sip rank tea that makes me feel no physical difference and just that little be pretentious.

5. “You just need a good nights sleep”

You don’t say?!? I’ve needed a good nights sleep since before my diagnosis, unfortunately fibro has other plans for this girl. If I do finally get to sleep (it’s tricky when you can’t sleep in one position too long) then I usually wake up when my medication wears off.

I would legit kill for a good nights sleep!

6. “You should be more positive, at least it’s not terminal”

Yeah, you’re right, it’s not terminal. But it is something I have to live with every damn day. And it’s robbed me of the person I used to be, so excuse me if I’m not jumping for joy every day.

7. “My sisters, boyfriends cat had fibro and it’s not that bad is it?”

Once again. Fuck right off, yeah, further back, shut the door on your way out please.

Fibro can be subjective, someone’s pain tolerance can be different to another’s, plus, some people are better at hiding pain.

Plus, how rude is that statement?! And yes, I’ve had it said to me.

8. “Have you tried cutting out sugar from your diet?”

Bitch please. I’m in pain, if I want cake I’m going to have the cake. Now leave me alone and go get me cake.

That’s all for now folks! If I think of any others then I will do another post! Or if you think of any then please feel free to comment!

Hope you enjoyed the post and please share if you agreed with it

Xoxo

JD

An open letter to my fiancĂ©

Hi L!

I’m currently in bed for the second time in a row, I haven’t washed and I look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards.

It’s only 4pm but you’ve been awake and we’re at work at 4am, you came home and immediately saw that I was in pain and exhausted. You put my needs first for the millionth time this week (it’s only Monday) and you ordered me to go to bed.

So here I am, in bed. Watching Netflix and whatsapping you whenever I need something.

On top of working, you’re looking after me and looking after my 4 year old daughter. Your future step daughter.

You haven’t complained once, ever. Not today, not since we first got together, because as you said you “knew what you were getting into”

I often feel useless and guilty, like I imagine a lot of chronic illness sufferers do, but you stick by me, through the dark times and through the countless days of me being bedridden and upset.

You talk to me and make sure I never feel alone.

I love you so much and I appreciate you so much.

You never asked to be a full time carer of a woman with a chronic illness, let alone her daughter too.

You came into my life when I needed you but didn’t know it.

I wish I could tell the world how much I am thankful for you so this is my way of doing it.

I love you Mr.

Love

JD

A day in the life!

Today I had a Drs appointment.
The problem was that I couldn't quite remember what the appointment was for! You see, in this county you have to book an appointment about a month in advance, which means that I tend to book them "just in case" but also means I can never remember if there was an actual reason!

There was, I'm a chronic illness sufferer, there's usually something wrong. This time it was my damned eczema. I look like a flakey penguin. (Black and bruised and well, flakey as fuck)
My dr called me in and seemed really excited when I hadn't bought my walking stick. Her smile faded when I explained I hadn't been using it because I'd been bedbound. Oh dear. Sorry love, I'm not cured yet!

After the Drs I used my remaining spoons and took my daughter to soft play. Great plan fuckface. The screams of children and the smell of sweaty feet was overwhelming. I hate kids.

We had a takeaway for tea because the most I can bear to do right now is click on a link and have a guy bring me food, pizza is always good and after stuffing my face I vowed that was the last one and tomorrow I shall start on my vegetarian diet, I hope. (If you believe that you'll believe anything!)

Anyway, ramblings are what blogs are for, right?

Love love
JD

Have a picture of a Drs carpet and my feet. I hate waiting rooms.

Obligatory introduction post.

Hey there readers, or people who have been tricked here under the guise of free cookies, sorry, there aren’t any.

I’m JD, a 27 year old mother with numerous health conditions such as chronic eczema, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. I’m a walking pharmacy and I’m hoping that writing this blog will give me some form of pain relief. (Or just serve as a platform for me to get super sweary on!)

I like coffee, food, swearing, conspiracy theories and debunking lies surrounding my conditions and the shit me and others have to deal with.

Peace out.

JD

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