Can you pray with me about Ethan's rash on his face? I know so many of you have been covering this issue in your prayers anyway, but I just wanted to ask (again) for some specific prayer requests....
We're doing a "trial and error" treatment on his face, and of course, the treatment I used last night made his sweet face horrible this morning. Hundreds of red bumps, very red eyes (lower/upper eye lids) and red inflamed skin all along his forehead, cheeks and neck.
It's a VERY long story, but he's had some worse issues come up in his diaper area, leading me to believe that part of his rash issues might be contributed by yeast.... since he's on a daily antibiotic. SOOOO, if my theory is correct, which it seems it might be since the anti-fungal cream (nystatin) that I've been using in his diaper seems to be working, then there could be other areas of such a yeast rash on other parts of his body. The tricky (and frustrating!) part is that he has a potential of 4 different rashes on different parts of his body that all need specific treatment, BUT are also on top of each other in same areas of his skin, so one necessary treatment irritates another aspect of a DIFFERENT rash!
Excuse me while I let out a muffled scream.
Ok, thank you... I'm back.
Anyway, bottom line, it hurts me to see Ethan's skin suffer. Especially his face, eyes, arms and sensitive areas. One treatment seems to work on part of the problem, and then makes the other "rash" even worse. He sees his Connecticut doc again on Monday.... I'm praying she has some different insight than Ethan's Boston doc may have had.
His eyes.... and his face...... makes me so sad. And oh my his diaper area! You should have seen that 2 days ago. He was in physical pain anytime I had to change his diaper. I'm so thankful the Lord gave me the idea that it could have been a yeast rash that had been developing. He used to get them frequently before his transplant (though not this bad!). It's still not great, but it seems to slowly be getting better.
Anyway, I'm rambling now... at least I am in my head.... so I'll just simply ask that you pray for his skin - ALL of the types of rashes attacking him - and that I (and/or the doctor) will better understand how to treat them all.
Thank you, sweet friend.
Things could always be worse. I do know that. And I'm thankful they aren't. I also know that I need chocolate & a diet dr. pepper... Thank you, Lord they are both only a few steps away!
p.s. - Oh yeah, and I wanted to say thank you to the advice some of you left me before. The aquaphor has been great on the cracks in/behind his ears and in his toes, and sometimes works on his forehead. But when I put it on his face, it seems to have a "pore-clogging" effect. I'm not sure what that's about... but probably means he's got eczema on some of his face, but not all of it. Who knows, but keep any advice coming. I know Ethan's skin is a little different than most because of his transplant issues, but I'm willing to try anything to make that sweet skin happy again!