My medical leave officially starts today. I am looking forward to being with my son in the next few weeks, hoping that by dedicating my undivided attention to his needs he will continue to get better. Eczema may not sound as serious as other conditions but I tell you what, it thoroughly depletes your energy. It is rather frustrating. Being a mother of a toddler with such health condition, the depressing moments come when I lay him down only to see red, scaly, sometimes bleeding patches, staring back at you. I just want to wrap and cuddle him so tight in my arms wishing to take away everything he is feeling…

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To see my son miss out so much during that stage he should be enjoying being a baby is disheartening. From food, to play, to rest… everything is limited. I am not too keen about the changing of the season as cold weather makes his skin too dry, and hot temperature aggrevates the itching. Keeping track of his food intake is now the main reason I continue writing on my journal. Though the Pediatrician says the worst that can happen to him when his allergy is triggered are flare ups, the thought of an anaphylactic reaction is just like a dark cloud of doubt hovering over me.

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I’ve been taking risks when it comes to homeophatic solutions, though, as the cortocosteroid ointments don’t seem to work at all. I’ve used coconut oil, virgin olive oil, and now, hemp oil. The coconut oil came out flat but the last two oils seemed to work their little miracles. I might have to dedicate a separate entry about how olive oil and hemp oil works and how they differ from each other. It should be helpful to other parents out there going through the same situation as we are.

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I can only hold on to postive thoughts right now as tehe journey is still long and the battle can sometimes get rough. I am thankful for having my Mom, without her I would have been off work a long time ago. And to Rolly for always finding time to pitch in no matter how busy he gets. And of course I am grateful for having a little helper in Alyssa. She sometimes acts like a Little Mom to Elijah, it is quite adorable. So as you see I gathered the members of Team Elijah. And as we rally around our Little Man, I know we can go around his eczema and be better in managing it…