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Published on: 04 Mar 2010 by bear14
Okay, so when I went to visit my parents and sisters for Christmas in the country (where I grew up), the hydro went out and of course (I don't know how many of you know this), but if you have well water, you cannot use the taps (water) because then the pump will run dry and you have to get it going manually again so it's a pain.
So, anyway, when the hydro went out, I used the washroom and I hand to clean my hands somehow, because I just cannot leave my hands unwashed...that is one thing I'm very consistent about (trying to train my boyfriend for it...he's doing well). Anyway, I didn't remember if I brought my hand santizer and if I did, I didn't know where it was, and I didn't know where my mom's was.
Thus, I figured if I just used soap and wiped it off, that would be good enough until I could use water again, right?
Well, the next day, I knew I was wrong. I seen my hands and my left hand was red and very dry from the forefinger to the thumb and my right hand was red and dry right across the knuckles because of the way I rub my hands the most.
I showed my mom and she said the soap ate away at my hands and if I use lotion, it should go away. So, doing this until I came back home to the city with my boyfriend and his family, I seen that it came back (partly because I started forgetting to use lotion). So, when the college opened again, I made an appointment at the Health Services in my college with a nurse and she wanted me to see the doctor, which she set up the appointment.
When I seen the doctor, I told her what program I am enrolled in (early childhood education) which causes me to wash my hands constantly, which she can relate to being a doctor. She told me that it's just dry skin and it won't ever really go away. It'll be most visible in winter since it's a dry and cold season.
I will get this every year according to her and now all I have to see is if I will get this again next winter.
So, beware, never use just soap. Always, always wash it off with water or if you can't use water, use hand santizer, not just plain soap. 77
Learn from my mistake.