another episode of things I’ve surmised

I may have found a way to never change another diaper.

I think I’m allergic to changing diapers.

It’s not only Mr.Q who has the allergy issues around here; I, too, have a few, though they are far less noteworthy. In addition to my mild seasonal grass reactions and barely-worth-mentioning stuffiness to new cats and dogs, I have a self-diagnosed sensitivity to latex. This is based upon skin reactions I’ve had to latex gloves in school and at work, the doctor’s and the dentist’s, as far back as 14 years ago. Now, it is possible that I’m reacting to a powder used to line the gloves, but the reaction was also present in unpowdered gloves, so I think it’s fairly safe to say it’s the latex.

In the past month or so, I have had this same reaction once again appearing on my left hand*.

It’s bumpy. It’s itchy. It makes me look rather pestilent and sketchy. It’s alleviated with repeated doses of Penaten [my OTC cortisone was expired, okay?]. But Penaten [I could only find a German website!] tends to be unabsorbent stuff and leaves a chalky white mess on everything I get within 10 feet of. And, should I not apply it 3-4 times a day, the lovely plague-like rash returns.

The only change that has occurred within the past month or so? We switched from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Diaper Genie inserts – a thicker, stinkier insert. While more may be better in terms of containing diapers, I’ve decided that more is not good for my skin.

And – since who wants to not use the Diaper Genie? – I feel that I must remove myself from the diaper changing process for the sake of my skin and the sake of the general public who must, on occasion, shake hands with me and view my contagious looking self wandering the halls of the mall.

It’s either than, or begin wearing one white glove. And that just might make me look crazier.

*disclaimer: I’m not saying the Diaper Genie inserts are latex. I have no clue what these things are made of, only that I think I may be reacting to some component.

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