I am happy that my skin is now recovered with less scales and rawness felt. I could even bring my daughter for a swim, something that was a struggle for me a month ago. Praise the Lord !
More importantly, I cut off these additional food from my list -
Tomato, cabbage, apple, pineapple, all soy products, carrot,etc .This was list given to me by my TCM doctor when I last had eczema. My wife was upset that I could eat so little and kept pressing me to go get the skin test done. I promised I would do that. No, there was no withdrawal symptom from not eating tofu or drinking soya bean though I had to get more creative on what to eat now.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
How true indeed! When one is in the process of change, it seems like a long, long time and it is painful but when we get out of it and see the light, we somehow feel all is worth it. I also realised doing it for self and for your loved ones has different motivation push. One could have given up or feel sluggish to change for yourself after many failed attempts but for your loved ones, you will keep on keeping on, no matter what.
So, I asked myself, if I do not buck up, do what is right, how could I live to a ripe old age and attend my kids' weddings ? I promised them that and I want to attend in style, not in a wheelchair or bedridden, if I have to. What's the point of having so much wealth if one loses his health?
To not able to do what a person normal activities like bending his knees, wearing shoes , jeans may seem unbelievable but to those who had eczema, you can easily relate. For 2 over weeks, I was basically wearing my boxer shorts and avoided as much outings as possible. It was painful wearing long pants as it rubs against the skin, causing the hot flush and irritates the skin. I could not even go for my run and I felt lethargic. Worse, I had this persistent cough with phlegm that does not go away, making my voice hoarse and uncomfortable.
I thank God each and every day to heal me, thinking from the things I would do when I am fully recovered. I go for my afternoon run, striking confidently and had a nice shower thereafter. I see myself having a great time with my kids in the pool, hearing their laughter and immersing in the cool water. I feel good.