Let's Face it!
The worst pain and most disturbing physical side effect from DH was experienced on my face. So I was anxiously awaiting my trip to the dermatologist and hopefully some answers. I waited (not) patiently in the front room before finally being called back. The doctor was young (or maybe just looked young, you never can tell with those dermatologists!). Since I had lowered iodine in my diet, my face had for the first time in three months finally began the healing process! Fortunately, I had pictures! Many, many pictures!!
I will share one below but brace yourself - it's not pretty! And for heavens sake, don't show anyone else. I have a reputation to maintain. It's not going well, but still.....
Within minutes, my baby Doctor had looked at my back (where a rash had just popped up), face and pictures, and confirmed three things.
1. I had a typical presentation of DH on my back.
2. My pictures were terrifying (I tried to warn you)!
3. My face was NOT a typical presentation of DH.
To put it in her words, I could just have bad luck. Well, tell me something I don't know doc! So just in case I wasn't feeling challenged enough with a Celiac and DH diagnosis, I could possibly have something else.
Like what you ask? Well.... Allergic to my hair perhaps? Fortunately, not "baboon syndrome"... Don't google it... But thank God we ruled it out! A hex from a disgruntled co-worker? Ok, she didn't actually suggest that one. But she did say it was improbable the iodine made it better because that allergy would be so unlikely, "I'd probably be dead by now". Now there's some good news!
More testing was needed and my "vacation" was coming to an end. Hence, in another week I will be heading back to NYC for round two. So my friends, more to come and as promised, a selfie like no other. The filter is there for your own good, swollen inflamed patches look much less scary when they are not bright blood red. You're welcome.