Nope! It's not because spaghetti is the only thing I can make well, but I forgive you if you thought that. (And thanks for all the easy recipes yesterday. I now know where to look if I'm stuck making dinner again.)
Around July 4th, when the girls and I were up north, Chloes hands, feet, and knees started to peel. This wasn't any small ordeal, either. Her skin was literally coming off in sheets. Naturally, this worried me, but since we were 3 hours away from our pediatrician, I just watched it carefully and did some online research.
Well, watching it carefully showed that it was only getting worse, and online research didn't turn up any real answers, either. Then, a couple days later, she started a fever while we were at a friend's house for a BBQ. Then I was really worried that the peeling extremities and the highish fever were somehow related, and that she might be dying of some rare disease like leprosy or something, so of course, I took her to Urgent Care.
The Urgent Care doctor thought maybe it could be Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, but at the same time, he highly doubted that. Then he thought it could be the rare and dangerous Kawasaki disease, but her symptoms were presenting in the wrong order and she didn't seem to have enough of them, either. He was very worried, though, and gave me his card and told me that if the fever wasn't down in two days to come to his private practice and he would make sure she was seen.
Thankfully, her fever was down by then, and she started throwing up, anyway. I knew my nephew, who she'd hung out with, had had a little stomach bug, so that mystery was solved. Which still left the strange disease of the peeling skin. More vigorous internet researching unearthed the fact that sometimes a virus will cause the hands and feet to peel even months after the fact. So that's my best guess.
Well, it's been about 6 weeks, and while the peeling has stopped, her poor hands and feet are really dry and cracked. Her feet especially can get so bad that it really hurts her to walk on them. Her toenails seemed to have contracted some sort of yucky fungus during the whole ordeal, and her knees are dry and scaly. I had been putting Vaseline on her feet every night with socks on, and it was helping, but not really enough.
Then my parents came to visit last week, and, naturally, my mom was worried about the state of Chloe's skin. She went over to the health food/herb store and asked about herbal remedies. She learned that Oregano can kill fungus, such as what was growing in her toenails and that it was also helpful for ecxema (which is what a lot of her skin looks like now, especially her knees and the tops of her feet and backs of her hands). She also learned that petroleum products like Vaseline only encourage fungal growth, and so we should not be using that on her. Instead we should use olive oil, which the body/skin can metabolize better.
And so we've been slathering my daughter with Oregano spray and olive oil every night before she goes to bed. It's definitely helping things, but she sure does smell like she lives in an Italian restaurant!