by: Suhein Beck
"what started out as dry skin on my hands
Skin Confession of a Nurse
I just saw your blog and post about nurses. That hit home a little too close for me. I was a nurse. I was pretty awesome actually. I made enough money to support my ailing mother here in the desert and we were both comfortable.
And then what started out as dry skin on my hands ended up turning my life upside down. I left no prescription unfilled in search of something to get my horrible hands cleared up. Then it started to spread and I noticed I was getting sick constantly. My immune system was shot. I knew what was happening, but was in denial. If anyone should know better it was me. Reality hit me when I could no longer wash my hands with either the antibacterial soaps required by my hospital or even regular soap anywhere on my body.
I was constantly tired and couldn't do my job anymore. I went on disability and even when I got back to work I felt they didn't want me because my hands were atrocious and I couldn't keep hiding them from patients and my colleagues in gloves constantly (which by the way- irritated more but I had no choice). I just waited until my position was terminated so I can get unemployment.
Not even 6 months later, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and my adrenals were shot. Every test came back contradicting the previous one. It was a roller coaster of diagnostic madness.
I've gone thru hell and back and could no longer care for my own mother.
The reason I'm writing is to tell you I'm still in contact with some nurses in the hospital and I've forwarded that post to them and they emailed me back saying they're now going through similar challenges with their hands and remember what I went through. I hope you can circulate this email as well as that post to the medical world and get some attention that we need help.
I was a nurse long enough to remember life before this system was in place. We can just as easily go back to washing hands the old fashioned way instead of ruining careers. I wish I knew then, what I know now. Good luck with your blog.
Suhein Beck has progressed to achieving her life dream of launching the medicinal formulas she inherited from her surgeon/grandfather into the market and the medical community here in the United States and has launched ELAJ® LLC globally. The TV Commercial can now be viewed on the website at www.getelaj.com