I Have A Face

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Something new and different you say? I’ll say a whopping yes. And when I tell you I have not had a regular face or clear scalp for 45 or 46 years, you’ll stop reading. Okay for you.

I began having Rosacea, Eczema, and Seborrhea Dermatitis in varying degrees after our third child was born. I thought maybe it had to do with perhaps the birth control pills I was taking, but I was not about to stop those. Not, not, not! I visited the office of a very well known Dermatologist and he prescribed, Doxycycline! What a dream come true. The drug helped with all symptoms and made them disappear. Baruch Hashem. “Thank God.”

I was happy with my new face and the results I maintained on the drug Doxycycline. After several months of avid use of Doxycycline, I found out that I was pregnant. Huh? I’m faithful to my pills and the doctor maintains that I must have missed a pill here and there. We ceased worrying about how the…and embraced having 4 children. We were happy. About the sixth month of our 4th pregnancy, we found out that we were expecting twins, who believe me, doubled the pleasure. Three and two still make five! Right?

Why are you writing this, you ask. I definitely have a reason and this is it! Doxycycline cancels out birth control pills and that came to light a few years after our twin babies were born. Oh me, oh my, so for many years after childbearing ages have past and blown away, I have tried to get Doxycycline prescribed and none who crossed my path with an MD would honor my cause. I have suffered with breakouts so long that I only see a rash filled, bumpy marred, pealing face, and honestly the constant itch and pain was depressing, until just last week…when a lovely new doctor honored my request and prescribed Doxycycline.

And you don’t need to know this, but I’m not worried about the pregnancy side effect.

I can see and feel my face. I can comb my hair. The turn around is amazing. Gone is the constant itching, pealing, flaking, burning mess of a face and here is me. The anxiety of how to face the world is gone.

The creams I have used can just dry in their tubes. BUT: The Big But!!!

How long can I take this medication? How long after I stop will it be clear? Whatever the answers turn out to be, so far I have had a respite and the respite has brought many new thoughts about freedom from pain, freedom to concentrate on other than misery of self.

Sincerely and with appreciation,

From my real face and me.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tom
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:49:06

    you are my wonder drug


  2. Joyce Hopping Rettela
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 14:45:05

    Shelia, is this really about you or someone you know?


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:48:05

      Joyce, Joyce you have known of me for a long time, and YES this is totally me; All me. It is a wedge in my memory bank. Every word written is MY truth and the truth on the good name of our family!!


  3. nuala ryan
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 21:09:35

    Let’s get face to face and celebrate freedom from the “misery of me”Rah! Rah!


  4. Dina
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 21:11:41

    Wow! That’s amazing how it worked. I will do some research😉.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:49:55

      Thank you for your talented research skills. Let me know how long I will have to take these pills or actually CAN take them. Yes, amazing how it has worked and still working. Every morning I feel to see if my face is still there.


  5. Sheryl
    Sep 04, 2016 @ 19:26:35

    Skin problems can be so challenging and difficult. It’s wonderful that you were able to finally get this medication after all of these years, and that it worked so well.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 05, 2016 @ 10:45:43

      You sound like you know about bouts with skin eruptions. All is well now and the meds did work, but sadly I can feel my face will soon be in disgrace. Tiny remnants of, itching and red rash time, but there. Darn. I am wondering if I can take meds then be off and at some safe time take again. We will have to live and see about it.


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