I only saw a dermatologist for a few minutes in Harley Street in London. I only had tried a different natural skincare medical body cream, after the trial, it was my choice to choose which cream I would like to use for a period. There were a variety and most of which I could have on prescription. The one that I really liked and chose wasn’t on prescription. The dermatologist’ explained that it was a French cream and it was very good but expensive and the NH’s wasn’t willing to cover the cost. The name of the cream is called Avène and I still use it with other prescribed cream like Dermol cream, and Diprobase cream Emollient, for bathing instead of using soap or bath wash. The NHS Dermatologist gave me steroids ointments, which was also prescribed by my GP but in a weaker form, which was Betnovate ointment. The Dermatologist in London gave me Elocon ointment, which was a lot stronger and more effective. I was given a special shampoo treatment to help with my scalp. My scalp was flaking and bleeding which causes hair loss, fortunately for me my hair has grown back after my treatment I avoid certain foods and all hair products that have certain ingredients, thing like coconut, almond, castor oil any nuts or avocado, or lanolin, Linalool, so many different ingredients, trust me the list is long. How do I survive! I ask myself the same question but you do I don’t think we have a choice but to survive.
After a few minutes with the Dermatologist roughly 5-10 minutes, his fees were two hundred pounds which worth every penny, if I was able to get a good result.
Dr Christie I clearly, remembered his name unlike the dermatologist or the allergist. My time spent with the psychologist was eight weeks in total. My first session was for half of an hour, he explained I would be given a small machine with numbers on it to take home. Every time I itch my skin’ he would like me to press the button on the machine as it would count up how many times I actually pressed it. This was because he wanted me to see how much time I spend itching and doing damage to my body “really” I was fuming when he said, I thought ‘this man is crazy to do you think I want to do this to myself I cannot help it’. He gave me a chart to fill out when I’m at home before coming back to see him each week. I had to explain what pumped me to start itching and why do I continue to itch until my skin was damaged, again to me’ this was an absolutely ridiculous question he was asking. I wanted to be better and I was so desperate to be better and to have a normal life for my family and myself. I was willing to do anything and everything. With his fees’ it had to work, fees were £400.00 per week for the first six weeks then it would reduce to £200.00 on the sixth week.
The button that was on the machine was already totalling up to two thousand per day and I realised the damages I was doing to my body. I also discovered that when my house phone was ringing from the caller display it was someone I didn’t wish to speak to, I would start to itch harder with my “magical” machine my family was having a field’ day every chance they got they would remind me that they just saw me itch so I need to click. When showering, I allowed the hot water to beat hard on my skin and then used the towel to rub so hard against my body, which created more damage. This became a habit. Each day became fewer clicks I continued with my sessions in London. I asked my physiology how long his patient took to start showing improvement’ he said, all them start showing improvement by the time they got to six weeks that’s why his fees lower to £200. Finally, I had some faith in this treatment and I believe everything this psychologist was saying. I was spending less time in the shower, not allowing the heavy beating of water on my skin, not allowing negative thoughts or people or unnecessary phone calls to trigger me’. The clicking of my machine became less and less each day. It got to the fourth week of my session and my hair was growing back and my skin was glowing my physiology said, none of his patients has ever shown such a speedy improvement at an early stage, This was the determination on my part, to claim back my health and start to feel and look better within myself.
It’s a struggle from day to day battling with allergies. I’m most comfortable associating with people with Anxiety, Depression, i.e. Mental health. Such ones are so much more understanding and compassionate and less judgemental. Explaining to someone who doesn’t have a clue as to what you’re going through like close family members or friends, is a hard task. They find it impossible to understand or empathise. When I explain my condition to them, they look at me as if I have “seven heads” and two horns on my forehead. And the remarks passed is, ‘it’s all in her head ‘or ‘she’s a drama queen.’ If you’re reading my blog and know of any friends or family members going through something similar or mental health, all they need is your support and compassion and kind words. Can do a lot for someone who is dealing with Mental health etc.