Throwback Thursday : Testing 1, 2, 3

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature here on Random Thoughts Of A Twenty Something. It is said that a picture can paint a thousand words and I wanted a way of looking back and reflecting on my past whether it be recent or from years gone by. There’s something quite intimate and revealing about sharing photographs from our lives and I’m always intrigued about the story behind the lens.

Last week I shared with you an image taken last summer of our three not so little children. They seem to be growing up so quickly and it is so lovely to look back each week at their transformations but I have realised I don’t tend to show many images of myself. With that in mind this weeks image was one popped up on my timehop over on my personal Facebook page today and it instantly made me feel sad. Now why would I want to share a photograph that makes me upset? Because it tells a story of my health and my 21st birthday.

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As you can see I have metal discs taped to my back. This is from a 72 hour allergy patch test in the hope of being able to find triggers for my regular allergic reactions and atopic eczema which as this point was so severe that I was covered top to toe with itchy, sore, dry, pealing, bleeding and often infected skin with my back ironically being the one area that was relatively clear. I don’t like to be photographed and especially at this point of my life I felt disgusting in my own skin. At twenty years of age my physical health was already poor despite trying to maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle with an active 4 and 2 year old to also look after. I had this patch test on over the weekend leading up to my 21st birthday with the itchy and infuriating discs and tape being taken off on my actual birthday. Myself and Chris had to keep applying extra hypoallergenic medical tape over the weekend to try and keep the discs in place as my skin was so dry and becoming swollen in places that the tape kept coming off and if the discs did not remain against my back for the hour 72 hours the entire testing process would be rendered void. I can not explain the sheer relief on my birthday when the discs were taken off at the hospital and I was allowed to take a few prescribed antihistamines as I hadn’t been allowed to take any of the 3 days. At the point I did not care what the results were and I was more focused on getting home as quickly as possible to shower and clean the remaining chemical residues off my skin.
These days my skin and allergies are relatively under control with my family and friends often quite bewildered at how clear and ‘normal’ looking my skin is. It often takes a lot of pre thought to avoid allergens and things that trigger a reaction and a lot of hard work when it comes to attempting to keep my skin hydrated but sometimes that still doesn’t prevent flair ups sometimes! As I head towards another birthday I am just grateful that at least my skin and allergies tend to be the least of my physical health worries!

What do you think of my photograph? Don’t forget to check back next Thursday to see what image I have chosen to share with you!

24 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday : Testing 1, 2, 3

  1. Love your blog design x This post strikes a chord with me too as hubby is suffering with allergy at mo but we don’t know what to. I’m going to tell him to take an antihistamine – see if it helps!

  2. OMG that’s terrible. It must be awful to live each day like that.
    Reading posts like this makes me realise just how lucky I am. That despite the abuse I’ve put my body through for years. I’ve very few health problems.
    So glad that this side of your health is much improved.
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    1. I am used to living with multiple health concerns but it is nice that my skin is longer the worst thing to deal with.

  3. My mum and sister have bad skin, my poor mummy is on steroids all the time. I had urticaria recently and when I compare how I felt to how my mum feels every day (worse) I think it’s amazing how cheerful she stays. You have my sympathy. Kate x

    1. It’s incredibly difficult to manage at times and I think until you have something similar you don’t quite realise what it is like to live like that. Hope things ease up for you mum.

  4. Oh goodness I can imagine how glad you were to get them off. It’s good that you have your skin under control now, sometimes think people underestimate how skin issues can affect you x

  5. Were they able to figure out what things specifically you were allergic to? We used to have a kid in our group at kids club who was allergic to all sorts. He actually had to bring his own drink and snack because they couldn’t even be prepared in the church kitchen in case they came in contact with specific allergens.
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    1. Yeah we did figure out what I was genuinely allergic to. A lot of intolerance’s as apposed to full on allergies though but it was good to figure it all out.

  6. Bless you, what an awful time it sounds like you’re had. I suffered atopic eczema for a few years but it’s completely gone. I’ve now realised it was stress related.

    1. It is very common for stress to trigger a reaction. I used to think that it was all rubbish but when one doctor explained how stress internally is actually a chemical thing (cortisol) it started to make more sense!

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