Thursday, 20 June 2013

Getting Better After Being Hospitalised for Eczema Herpeticum

Thought I better check back in to tell you how I'm doing. Well I haven't rebounded thank goodness! I'm still taking the Antibiotics and Aciclovir and taking it easy. I went to see my derm nurse on Monday and she said I was doing fantastically well. I've also changed dermatologist as I'm just not gonna get anywhere with this steroid withdrawal business with the one I'm currently with. The lady I've swapped to is much more open minded so fingers crossed we get somewhere!

Tomorrow I go back to make sure I am still on the mend - which I know fine well I am so it's a bit of a pointless appointment. Though, we only made it just to be sure I don't need to extend my sick note for work. It'll be nice to get back to normal as I haven't even left the house this week apart from going to see various doctors.

My skin has been doing incredibly well considering I'm still off the Ciclosporin. I just assume that the antibiotics are helping to keep it at bay. The heat has been awful though and I have been really itchy too but thankfully I haven't completely destroyed myself through scratching, though I have been unable to control myself and am consequently covered in scratches and red patches. My face is rather unscathed though. 

I ended up having to take pictures on my phone as for some reason my camera, no matter how the settings were adjusted, made my face look super bright red, but it isn't. The colour is much more of a match with these pictured below.

Yayyy! The redness is subsiding...

That is until I put my hand next to my face and I can see that actually I still have a hell of a way to go before I can be considered my normal colour. Sigh. (But I do rejoice my white arm!)

I'll get there one day. We all will :)



  1. Glad to see you're doing better, there is such a noticeable difference! Fingers crossed the new derm will be helpful too :) xxx

    1. Cheers Charley! Fingers crossed indeed. She did actually prescribe for me to have these Dreamskin silk garment things which I have yet to pick up from the pharmacy which are around £90 per item. I know how to milk that NHS ;) haha. I feel bad. But if it'll help then good! I'll probably blog about them later on.xx

  2. The redness will go away eventually. You look so much better now you are past the EH episode. X

  3. Oh my goodness Jenny! I dont think I have spoken to you before but you poor thing. That orbital cellulitus you had was very very scary indeed, and to add the herpeticum on top, kudos to you for not being a gibbering wreck!

    My life became so much easier when I found a consultant who would work with me, rather that against me getting through withdrawal, hope the new derm is the right one for you, if not swap again ;-)

    Good luck x Kelly x

    1. I think that I was so distressed with the cannula issues I didn't really have time to stop and think about just how serious everything was. I believe we at the hospital at around 9:30 and I was on a ward at about 11:45 so that isn't too bad going really considering how A&E usually is. Guess they must have definitely seen the emergency side of it anyway.

      Here's to hoping this lady derm will be good :) and thanks for putting me in your blog role! Very kind of you indeed.

      Keep in touch xx

  4. Hi Jenny, glad to see you are on the mend.You have really gone through it and I was even scared reading about your rush to hospital so I can't even imagine how you must have felt.You look really well in the photo above and I really hope you are maintaining your wellness feeling at the moment.My skin is good at the moment but my hayfever is gone crazy.When one settles the other decides to make itself known:(( Take care, Aoibheann x