Depression and anxiety seem to come hand in hand with facial eczema. By now, I was so self-conscious I refused to go to work. I tried applying for long-term disability, but was told that depression and severe eczema did not qualify for disability. As long as I can move, I have to go to work.
The human resources department called me everyday even though the doctor had already filled out the forms for short-term illness. I refused to pick up any calls, but they kept calling even after my husband told them that he would deal with them directly.
In the end, I convinced my husband and my family that being a housewife was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and I quit my job. Everyone thought it was a bad idea, especially because I could get Employment Insurance if I was laid off or terminated. However, I couldn’t deal with the stress any longer and just wanted to get it over with.
Most of the day I would just sit at home searching the web trying to find a treatment to cure myself. I was willing to spend as much money as required, even if it meant going to a different country for the best doctor available.
After months of searching, I finally came upon the name Dr. Jan Dutz from The Skin Care Centre. Unfortunately, there were no available appointments to see him so I was referred to Dr. Youwhen Zhou instead. Much to my amazement, Dr. Zhou believed me when I told him I had an overdose. Hearing a doctor tell me that he belived me felt so good that I just couldn’t stop crying. He acknowledged that I can no longer use steroids and introduced me to Elidel.
My face felt a bit better after using Elidel, but decided to see Dr. Dutz as well when an appointment slot opened up. Dr. Dutz is a wonderful doctor. He was very understanding to my ongoing outbursts of tears. He was also very patient. He prescribed Protopic for me and it has absolutely changed my life.