Why I'm here....

Since I've always been quick with an opinion an old friend once lost and again found suggested that perhaps I should share with more people my commentary. Never being one to pass on a challenge I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

WHO KNEW?


I use my favorite lotion Vaseline Aloe Fresh Hydrating because it does a great job of moisturizing my skin and makes it feel refreshed. Today though I went to a doctor and found out I have yet another infection. This really just hasn’t been my year. Anyway, the medication I am taking makes me highly sensitive to alcohol of any form. That means I can’t have it on my skin and I can’t consume it until I’m off of this medication. Approximately ten days. Seven days of taking the medication and then they say it takes three additional days for it to leave your system. Chalk up another life lesson in the making. We use products all the time and never think about what is in them. I just started this medication today. Innocently I put the lotion on my hands at work and boy was that a mistake! My hands looked like they belonged to a Dalmatian. Spots and blotches were everywhere. Then I got these little red bumps and the skin started itching. For a moment I thought I was having another allergic reaction to the medications like I had before. Then it hit me that I had just put lotion on my hands. I read the ingredients and low and behold. Alcohol is one of them. Who would have thought that lotion would have alcohol in it? I mean alcohol dries and the purpose of lotion is to hydrate. Does it make any sense to anyone out there that this product would have alcohol? I did a little Internet surfing and found that a lot of products contain alcohol. Hand soaps and shampoos are examples. So on my lunch trip, which was in a white out from snow, my friend Barb and I went to Walgreen’s in search of some friendly non-alcohol containing products for me. What? Yes, I said “white out”. The snow was falling so hard you couldn’t see the car in front of you. I guess old man winter found us after all. Sucks, doesn’t it? Oh, well. So Barb and I looked and looked and you would be amazed at how hard it was to find these products. With Barb’s suggestion I asked the pharmacists for assistance. We ended up with Keri Original Dry Skin Lotion, Dial Soap and Johnson’s baby shampoo. I’m just thankful as I can be that I found it with the lotion on the desk. Can you just picture what would have happened if I had taken a shower with shampoo and all? I would have itched to death. Luckily I washed off all the old lotion and the cold helped take down the swelling and redness while I was at lunch so for now the spotted fend has been held at the borders of wait until I forget and use one of these products again. Sigh. Ten days. Just have to make it through ten days. Wish me luck!

4 comments:

ida said...

alot of antibacerial hand soaps scare me in the winter. the alchol in them is amazing. drives my skin crazy. so your learning something that i have been learning for the last 5 years or so........lol welcome to older age.

Sheila said...

I found all the products I need to survive. Of course I have to carry my own stuff with me. Washed my hands in a store this morning and about died. Soap had alcohol in it. Got it down now though. Still haven't found deoderant without alcohol though. Hum...

ida said...

go to a health food store. you might find it there or one of those "stones" that they sell for deoderant. probley at cvs or walgreens.

Sheila said...

Thanks for the idea. I found Mitchum Deoderants at Meijers don't contain any alcohol products. I'm good. Thanks again though.