The Dermatologist and Everyone Else

What do Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment, Methotrexate, Cephalexin, Hydrocortisone, Mycophenolate, Prednisone, Mometasone Furoate ointment, skin patch tests, UV light treatments (in 2018), and Hydroxyzine HCL have in common? They were all prescribed by my dermatologist or the physician’s assistant I used to see regularly. According to their diagnosis, it was possible one of these lotions, treatments or pills would isolate or solve my extreme skin rash, dryness, and extreme itchiness that had invaded about 80% of my skin. My arms, legs, hands, feet, back, stomach, chest, neck, face, ears, and the top of my head were always itching. From May 2014 through May 2020 this was a daily battle and often discouraging. I was convinced this would be my lot until the day I died. Then I would get new skin because someday I will have a new body that is free from the curse of sin.

Some of the RX solutions from the dermatologist

When People Pray and Make Suggestions

However, I never totally despaired (well once or twice perhaps!) because I have a loving wife, loving daughter, loving son, grandchildren, caring pastor, and a host of people (mostly women) praying for me. They were convinced, because they continued to pray, that God could change my skin. The reality is that God did not heal me in a day. He could have. It is possible for him to do so. But he chose to have me wait, pray, and patiently endure with joy. He also showed me his care through his children. They gave me suggestions. Sometimes suggestions are answers to prayers.

One Dear Lady Making Relief Possible

One lady in our local church approached me December 1, 2019 and asked if I was open to trying a skin lotion she makes. I told her “yes.” She admitted that she had hesitated to approach me because she knew I was probably being pestered by many with various solutions. However, the Lord just wouldn’t give her peace in being quiet, so she came to me. I accepted the gift of her lotion. It made an incredible difference in reducing the dryness of my skin and the resulting itchiness. This provided symptom relief. On January 2, 2020, Judy came and showed me how to make the lotion using four ingredients. I still use it, but don’t need as much now because all things are possible.

The Final Answer to the Prayers of Many

On May 26, 2020 I took my last dose of one of the many prescriptions from my doctor. My skin rash had cleared. How was this even possible? The six-year journey was part of the way God worked in my life to make me a better disciple and more compassionate towards others with chronic health issues. How did God make my recovery possible? I’m not certain I know all the answers. Part of it was the skin cream, some of it was good advice from my wife, son, daughter, and other friends. Certainly, the changes in the foods I eat makes a difference. But in the end the praise must go to God. With God all things are possible. But remember, sometimes his loving response is “no.” When that happens, it isn’t because he doesn’t have compassion. It is because he knows what I need to become the person I was meant to be. That change is possible when I am in his loving care.

Mark 9:14-29 Reveals God’s Compassion

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So, I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

The dermatologist finally suggested a skin patch test. I am allergic to many different chemicals.

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