Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I rarely feel down, it's not in my normal make-up but today I'm not in the best of moods. The skin irritation (discoid dermatitis) that I've been suffering on and off with over the last nine months has been going through a bad patch again and a visit to my dermatologist here in Phnom Penh had him scratching his head with what to do next. His answer was that I should return to England for treatment, as I've exhausted his knowledge and that British doctors will have a better chance of finding a remedy. I'm not convinced that's my only option but the fact that I can't get to the bottom of the problem is extremely frustrating. I'm on a short course of steroids again this week to clear the inflammations on my arms and legs - it isn't as bad as when I had to make an emergency trip to Singapore - but steroids are the 'clear it quick' option and I know it will slowly creep back again once I finish them. So I need to find a better solution, especially as I want to remain in Cambodia indefinitely, though living here is clearly not working for my skin at the moment. It's a pity we don't have skin shops where you can trade in your old skin and get a new, more up to date and reliable version. Snakes have the right idea. Answers on a postcard please.