Originally Posted by barcelona
thanks everyone for the skin help! i'm stopping my grapefruit habit, and i'll let you know how that turns out. i did a bit of online research on grapefruit allergies, and it does look like it's feasible/possible that this is the cause. how wild!
off to finish some photo biz, and then take the boy-child out to play.
hope everyone has a delightful day!
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with this--I tried looking this up but couldn't find what I was thinking of--I think what I had might have been something like a seborrheic keratosis--however it didn't look nearly as horrible as the photos I saw of them online so it didn't make sense to post it because it seemed like that probably wasn't it for you anyway.
The other thing I was going to suggest that you could see if a bit of hydrocortisone cream might work. Usually that stuff works pretty fast (within a day or two) if it's something easy that will respond to it IME. Of course I thought of this initially because I was wondering if it might be fungal or bacterial, and I had the idea of trying some APNO (all purpose nipple ointment, which has equal parts antibiotic cream, Monistat as an antifungal, and cortisone cream. But then it occured to me that this was probably not such a good idea after all because the bacterial or fungal thing is probably not that likely) but a little bit of cortisone might be helpful, even/especially if it is allergy related. Calendula is usually what I try first for skin stuff but can't say that I've had miraculous results with it either.
At this point I feel like I'm not qualified to advise anybody on anything these days!! I've been trying for months to deal with nipple pain, thinking that it was mostly thrush related, and trying everything from the natural methods to the hard-core systemic antifungals, and I finally caved and saw a doctor that I know who is very AP friendly and has a midwifery past of some sort and does births in a hospital and ob/gyn as a family practice doc. She listened to the whole ridiculous saga and looked at it and decided that we should try an antibiotic instead because it seems like it might actually be bacterial and lo and behold, it seems to be finally clearing up.
Well, I am not perfect, at least I know that at some point I need to actually consult an outside professional when things aren't working on my own. It's really funny too because I'd made the appointment to get a pap smear and general exam too, and I ended up taking Ella with me and when she was checking the nipples out Ella was very interested and pretty much jumped me and latched on, so then when we did the pap smear I had this ginormous barnacle-girl attached to me and I ended up just hosting her up so she was laying across my chest, scooting down to the end of the table, and having the pap smear like that. It was weird, but it worked.
We are also right now in a really unpleasant and bad situation with the contractor who was building our fence, so please send some good vibes for a positive resolution for all parties! DH and I are both really unpleasantly sick, and Ella is being a little crazy because she's been stuck in the house with lethargic and unhappy parents the whole week.
: Harish has been going to work but not much else. On the other hand it's giving me the opportunity to really work on potty learning--I have decided that I'm just sick of putting it off for reasons that aren't really related directly to Ella, and that I'm tired of messing with diapers when I really think she can be more or less done with diapers already if we give her the opportunity.
Mama Fern--it's good to hear from you! Glad little Rue-Bee is doing well and still smelling her nice newborn smell! I still smell Ella sometimes!
HoneyTree--that sounds like an upsetting incident. I can relate to what you said about how your DH needs to process it differently than you do, I think I am a little more like him too, although I don't like to sit on things too long either.
Monique--hey, operators are standing by, waiting to take your call!
Q of C--it shocked me to read that you never tried grapefruit until you were in college! I don't know why but that seemed really amazing to me.
Probably because when I was growing up, a half of a grapefruit with a little maraschino cherry in the center and a little sugar sprinkled on it was the standard prelude to dinner. And I remember my grandparents having oatmeal and grapefruit and coffee for breakfast. I guess to me it therefore seems really ordinary and like one of those things that everyone has eaten. Especially because my mom certainly didn't venture too far into the exotic in the food department.
This kind of reminds me of when I lived in Costa Rica--mangos and papayas and passionfruit and guava are really common and you can get them on the street corner. But people really went crazy for apples, because they are rare and imported! And horses there eat bananas, like a horse here would get a carrot or an apple for a treat, which seemed really funny to me.
spughy--Ella is really into "where's this? where's that?" too. Only it's more about where stuff is in the house. And it's often accompanied with a very exaggerated shrugged shoulders/palms up gesture, which is really funny. Then sometimes she'll conclude with, "Maybe closet!" and run off to check and see where it is. Also, "What's this? What's that? Show me!!" She's not so into the street name thing, but she certainly recognizes just about every place she's ever been practically in her entire life even if she's only been there once. And heaven help us, she is fascinated with cutting stuff and always wants to cut her own food and gets mad if we don't give her a knife or if we try to cut something for her. We went to a party the past weekend and there were all kinds of kids running around playing and various types of chaos, and at some point DH found that she'd dragged a stool over to the counter where the food was laid out and was using a sharp knife to saw away at a loaf of Irish soda bread. Eeek! On a cuter and less scary note, last night DH gave her some new playdoh (still in the shape of the can and not all smushed up yet) and she very carefully used the little plastic playdoh knife to slice the log of playdoh into rounds, and then lined the rounds up very precisely all in a line on her section of kitchen counter where she does her playing. When DH and I asked her about what she was doing, she answered, "Making pizza!!!" She definitely is picking up on stuff!
Okay, one more cute brag before I sign off here--I sometimes say, "Good morning, sunshine!" to her, and sometimes tell her that she's my sunshine. And quite spontaneously she told me recently, "Yes! Ella's sunshine. And Mommy's a rainbow!" and now if i tell her "good morning sunshine", she smiles and answers "good morning, rainbow!"
She is really the sweetest!