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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Why alcohol causes red skin | TSW | Steroid recover

This very quick video explains the science behind why drinking alcohol causes inflammation and red skin.  For those suffering from topical steroid withdrawal, or cortisone induced eczema, whilst there is conflicting information out there, what I'm tell you is beyond dispute. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

18 months on from TSW

I'm 18 months into my recovery and looking and feeling great.  This is an update for everyone at home who has been wondering where I went and what's going on.  The long story short is that life is brilliant, my skin is brilliant and all is great.

Monday, 3 March 2014

A letter to a fellow TSW recovery friend

Going through the recovery, it's very normal that your skin hurts, remember it is completely broken, so the pain is a mixture of inflammation and dry skin.

Inflammation: The redness in your skin is inflammation that the body is creating because of the damage caused by the steroids.  This is what is making you both really tired and really uncomfortable.  This takes a long time to heal, but it will go down and you can minimise the impact by using cold packs and drinking lots of water + using: cod liver oil + primerose oil + moisturiser.

Dry Skin: Your body is creating new skin cells as fast as it can because all of the ones on your body are damaged.  This should create a top layer of very dry, damaged skin on top, and very new fragile skin below.  This is uncomfortable and it takes time to fix itself.

Painkillers and sleeping pills are your friends.  I took quite a lot of them for the first 4 or 5 months of recovery.  I also minimised my activity to really just watch movies and take very small walks around my house.  I also showered and bathed, but only for very short periods of time.

Warning: Do not take long baths, you will be way too tender afterwards.  No more than a few minutes.

Finally, this is a game of mental toughness.  If you can focus on the end goal and not worry about the current, then it becomes a million times easier.  Imagine a marathon runner pounding the pavement... do you think he likes running, the gut wrenching pain, of course not, but he focuses on his goal and pushes through it for the ultimate victory.  In our case, we just have to get to the end goal (set yourself a timeline to focus on).  What you will see is that the days tick by and soon you are 6 months in and feeling great, then a year, then two years and you can't remember being sick

My friend Michelle is now about 6 or 8 months into recovery and she looks so good.  You wouldn't know anything was wrong with her, and she is back to exercising and loving life.  She had all the same questions that I get emailed daily, but she focused on the goal (with a little ass kicking from me), and now she is happy as ever.  You can do this to.  You go girl!!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Looking nomal again after TSW

After 14 months of recovery I'm looking good and feeling great.  I'm back to normal with every part of my life and have done thinks I haven't done in years like swimming in the ocean, playing sport and leaving the house without moisturiser across my entire body.

I wanted to share a quick picture that was taken of me the other day and I hope this motivates everyone else going through the recovery from cortisone induced eczema. 

Best of luck to you all

Saturday, 21 December 2013

A Christmas Message to help TSW recovery

This is a Christmas shoutout to all those recovering from topical steroid withdrawal (TWS).  Sometimes you just need a little confidence that it's all going to get better and my friends I promise it will.

See you all in the new year.  Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Surviving a music festival - Recovery month 14.5

A quick pre-christmas update on month 14 of my recovery from cortisone induced eczema and red skin syndrome.  In this addition I talk about going to a music festival with my friends and being able to handle the highly stressful (on the body) situation of drinking, late nights and general dehydration.

Here's the video of my mates and I enjoying the festival.  You can see a little redness in my face, but I think the bay watch outfits were making it look worse than it was, certainly nobody said I was in anyway red.  #winning.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

TSW Cortisone Recovery v Sex Drive

Before I begin, very sorry about the way I filmed this video. I used the iPad for the first time and learned a valuable lesson about how I need to hold it :(


 The upside is that I feel incredible, look brilliant and have the best life I've had in many years. What do I chalk all of this up to? Simply getting off those dirty nasty steroids the doctors kept giving me. Power on!