The hands, they peel.

I have a new hobby: peeling the dead skin off my hands.

Right hand:


Left hand:


Wait. Could that be…? Yes! It's a map of Europe (after global warming and a few random massive earthquakes)!


In case you are wondering, I checked and yes, my feet — at least the big toe on my left foot — are peeling, too.

A further update on the hip replacement recovery:

  • No pain meds at all for over a week.
  • Except for Vistaril, which is, in addition to being a pain-med-booster, an antihistamine that works for hives. Without it I cannot sleep for the itching.
  • Walking pretty much normally, albeit at a slower pace than I would if I didn't have…
  • A little pain in the hip when walking.
  • Able to sleep on either side 🙂
  • Finished the Coumadin/warfarin/rat poison/anti-clotting drug regimen a week ago.
  • This is significant because it means I can now have a glass of wine or a beer 🙂
  • Energy level improving; no longer need a nap nor to lie down after the smallest task. 
  • Sometimes have to sit down for a bit after activity, though.
  • Reminding myself that I need to start walking outside for exercise and to build stamina. Have only done it twice in the last week. Maybe I need some gold stars to paste on my calendar every day I walk


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0 Responses to The hands, they peel.

  1. cursingmama says:

    My left hand had a weird peeling thing happen totally out of the blue this summer! started as a spot the size of a pea, quickly grew to nickle size & eventually 1/2 dollar. The Dr. was no help (Benedryl to put me to sleep & lotion), so I ended up in the pharmacy wandering the aisles trying to find something new to try & stumbled upon Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion (the Eczema branded one) – worked like a charm in about 2 weeks it is all healed up – even after 6 days in very arid conditions!

  2. Erika says:

    Ugh yes, hydrocortisone cream makes my skin peel like that. Keep lotioning it, and the new skin should be shiny and new. So terrible, especially on the hands! Mine are itching in sympathy.
    I hate exercise, too. Here is what I do: instead of gold stars, I reward myself with cash. I’m trying to decouple food from the “I need a treat” reward system, and cash is the only thing that can really take the place of a delicious cookie.
    I tend to set the cash value of an activity on the fly based on how I’m feeling that day. Sometimes I only give myself $1 for doing yardwork and other times its $5 or even $10 if I really have to bribe myself into it.

  3. Melissa says:

    Glad to hear that you don’t need the rat poison or pain meds. Hope the hives continue to heal. Look on the bright side, the peeling is a sign that you are healing. New happy skin underneath. Good luck with the walking outside. I hope it’s still nice in your part of the world. Not to much humidity. (I’d of said no humidity, but that means no rains for the farmers. I don’t want to even possibly continue the droughts that have plagued the country. Not that I can actually do anything. Oh well)
    Not having to rest after everything is always so nice. Happy thought of continued improvement.

  4. Angie says:

    Maybe a change in body chemistry? Happened to me (feet-wise) a few weeks after I gave up wheat.
    Sounds like you’re doing a good job recovering! Gold stars or a pedometer? I’m using a fitbit flex and it is nice (or not) to see how much I’ve moved during the day.

  5. k says:

    And you can drive! Left hip with an automatic, then?
    I got no clue on the peeling hands thing.

  6. Kym says:

    If ANYONE deserves a glass of wine (or two!) right now, it would be YOU! So glad you’re done with the rat poison. (Is it like peeling glue off your hands? I love that . . .)

  7. Vicki says:

    What? No Virgin Mary or Jesus??

  8. Jen says:

    Could it be a reaction to the lotion that turned out to be hair conditioner?

  9. gayle says:

    It’s good to experiment with a new hobby now and then. Broadens the mind. Expands the horizon. Skin-peeling for fun and profit. (I haven’t exactly figured out the profit part, yet. I’ll have to consult the Underwear Gnomes…)
    Glad you’re getting more ambulatory. Obviously, your reward should be yarn.

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