Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday--summer day 59

Sorry I didn't get to post this yesterday!

We've come to realize that both girls are having an eczema flare up.  You may remember that 2 weeks ago I mentioned a red spot coming up on Sarah's wrist that concerned us.  Well, it's still there.  We can put Benadryl cream on it & it'll almost go away and then it comes back.  After watching it for a couple of weeks now, I'm convinced it's eczema.  And now Savannah's got a similar thing going on, also on her hands.  I'm wondering if they're not both reacting to some ingredient in their bathroom soap.  This is what their hands looked like last night.

Savannah's first---see the red patch on her wrist & her knuckles & between her fingers?  It's a little hard to see in this pic, but you get an idea.

And Sarah's---mostly all around her wrists.  Hers is all flaky & dry looking.

And after ONE NIGHT of using this

they look THIS MUCH BETTER.  (Savannah's on the left, Sarah on the right)

Wow!  We're going to keep using it!  I've been using the Benadryl cream & it does respond to that, but we're going to keep using the Avon cream too!

Last night was Samuel & Sarah's next-to-the-last swim class.  Samuel missed class last week while he was at camp, so we stayed a little bit late for him to catch up with what they learned last week.  Unfortunately, neither one of them are ready to move on to the next level of classes.  Their teacher/coach is a very gentle, sweet guy & has worked wonders in both of them, but they're just not ready to "graduate" out of the Level 1 & 2 class.  We didn't expect Sarah to, since this is her first trip through this class (you usually take it twice to cover both levels).  But this is Samuel's 2nd time taking this class and he still hasn't "got it".  We were a little sad & got a Fall semester catalog to see if we could work in a time for them to go back through the class again this Fall.  However, it turns out that the times they offer the class in the Fall are not times we can do, so they'll have to wait until next summer.  I was a little bummed, but Larry reminded me that I learned to swim without ever taking a single swim lesson of any kind.  I suppose no one is going to crash & burn if they can't move on in their swimming classes immediately.  We'll jump back in next summer so they can continue to learn & hopefully, between now and then, we'll find a pool we can borrow & keep practicing.  At least they both have a little basis for swimming now & they're able to do a little swimming.  I wouldn't trust either of them in deep water or anything, but they're doing OK for beginners.

I know it's kind of hard to see them, but this is Sarah & their teacher (on the right side of the pic) & the rest of their group is up against the wall.

And then just Sarah in her cute little blue swim cap.

And Samuel with his teacher--

While they were doing all this swimming, we sat upstairs in the observation room & Savannah twisted & contorted herself like a crazy woman.  ha ha!  Do you see how she's got her leg all twisted up?  Freaky isn't it?

So there's my rashes, swim lessons & contortionist children.  Tee hee!  That's my world.

1 comment:

cksbyrne said...

Hmmmmmm I dont think what they have is eczema. I think it  is highly unlikely that they would both develop it at the same time. I think you are right that it could be something in the soap causing the outbreaks, but that wouldn't be eczema.
Do they swim a lot? It could be the chlorine in the pool causing it. Hope it heals up = )