Monday, 15 July 2019

My struggle with Psoriasis

For over a year now I have been inflicted with Psoriasis. I do not know whether ‘struggle’ is an apt word for it though as that word somehow suggests a long winded suffering and fighting. I now know that many do struggle and suffer for long time. I have read about people who skin is red and raw going to the Dead Sea in search of a cure or at least relief from the constant itching and peeling of the skin.

Psoriasis is a condition that baffles doctors even on the 21st Century and as such there is no known cure. Although as a Muslim I believe that there is no disease that Allah has not sent a cure for. For many months I didn’t even bother seeing a doctor because I didn’t want to waste their time, so I searched myself.

I tried so many creams, Vaseline, Cocoa Butter, E45, Sudocrem, Aveeno. But none of them helped the itching or the dryness.

And then finally one morning I was in a lot of pain I decided to call the doctor. I did not get to see the doctor but a nurse who tried to figure out what the skin condition was. She finally  decided it was Psoriasis and prescribe me a steroid cream. I applied the cream, praying for some relief but I did not get any relief.

I tried to distract myself so I wouldn’t itch. And I washed my skin with cold water. I have to say the cold water was a blessing but I couldn’t stay immersed in cold water forever. Do that relief was temporary and the itching was making me mad.

And then I finally found Apple Cider Vinegar. I applied it neat to the afflicted areas and it stung! So I diluted it with water and felt such a relief from the itching. But it made me smell of vinegar and so I decided I would drink it in water daily and see if that helped. The apple cider vinegar was amazing.

But the products that have helped me the most are the Dead Sea spa Magik salt and lotion. I can see the new skin forming and the crusty skin falling off. I love soaking my feet in the salt.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

A new journey begins

For years now I have tapped into my creativity to help me get through my constant illnesses. It has gotten me through so many dark days which would have otherwise been filled with loneliness and sadness and given me a focus. It is only natural then that I should be pulled towards making this my way of living; finding a way to express my dreams and creating products that show that passion. It is a new journey for me. When you start something new it can be quite frightening because you don’t know where to start! But everyone starts somewhere and here I am finally brave enough to follow my dreams. I am in a bubble right now and can’t quite believe it is all happening. Watch this space to keep updated.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

A creative week

The past week has seen me busy with all things creative. It’s my cousin Aqsa’s 21st Birthday soon and my auntie wanted me and my sister to make her a name wreath. How I did it is a post for another day.

And then my sister had a baby boy (I’m getting all broody!) and do I made her one too.

By the way I took this photo before the job was completed. I will be sure to take another once everything has been set up along with the balloon garland we made her.

All in all it has been a pretty hectic and creative week and I was happy but then I had a flare up of psoriasis. But that is another post for another day. I do not want to spoil the happy feelings.

I am really enjoying making these gifts and party decorations and InshAllah it will lead to better more beautiful things. The future right now is looking bright.

And with that I shall take my leave. I will be back with another post soon

Sona xxx

Painting Autumn leaves

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