IWSG October 2018

I’ve always had issues with eczema.

Genetic lottery did me wrong on that one. But 99% of the time, it has exactly ZERO effect on my life. I know how to deal with it, and with the exception of patches that interfere with tattoo schedules, I don’t really think about it. It’s just a thing that exists.

But last week, I spaced it, and used the wrong soap. And I’m currently paying the price.

Hands--and as people who write as much as we do know this--are a pretty integral part of life, so when I had that violent reaction, it screwed a lot of things up.

Dealing with the process of treating the issue on my hands is always a pain, more so when you’ve got deadlines and a massive pile of emails that need responding to.

The real problem, however, lies in the fact that my brain was programed from an early age to feel like productivity equates to worth. I get a whole different kind of itchy when I sit still for long. So, I’m still over here looking a little like I’ve got leprosy, and I’m still typing away.

This month’s IWSG question was: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

And while this isn’t a major life event, it certainly feels like one while I’m in the thick of it.


  1. Sometimes, we have to slow down and take a nap or take a break until we are able to move forward. It is necessary for us to learn to be gentle with ourselves. I wish you all the best and better health in the coming days.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  2. Glad that you can still type away while you're going through this. You're definitely a real writer.

  3. Idleness causes me stress too. I never realized it until I had a boss point it out. We were doing a week-long "training" that was pointless and I was getting antsy. He pointed out that boredom brought out the evil in me.

    I had a stress-induced hives once. It was miserable. My doctor told me to imagine how people with eczema felt. Hopefully, you're feeling better soon.

  4. Oh yes, gotta keep busy, gotta keep doing stuff - I recognise that one. I hope that not only does your eczema calm down - and soon - but also that you're able to take time to work on the mental stuff around productivity, as whilst hating to be all L'Oreal about it - you (and your mental health) *are* worth it. Take care.

  5. Oh ouch! So sorry. I know that's a bad fight to have to win. Hope you heal soon, and breathe, just keep breathing...

  6. I struggle with feeling like I always have to be doing something productive. Not good when you have a chronic illness because often doing nothing can be good self care because pushing on means a hardcore crash that lasts longer than a rest would.


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