I’m leaving in two days (June 12) and I am totally NOT ready for this trip! The main issue I have isn’t really what to bring like I thought it would be, but rather it’s about how I’m going to manage to not scratch in the humid, crazy hot weather. My skin has not been good at all these past few days that Chicago has been hot and I’m terrified about the adjustments I’ll have to do for Taiwan!
I’ve dealt with the weather before the last time I went back in 2009 when I volunteered with the Taiwanese Red Cross. I remember I was super itchy the whole entire plane ride and super sweaty carrying a large carry-on and my violin on my back. It was hard to see and I was the last one out of the airport! My cousins were scared that I missed my flight or something happened to me because I took forever. That was my first time flying by myself, though…so this time it should hopefully be different.
Anyway, I went to see a Chinese traditional medicine doctor (erm, more like a consultant or psychic?). She was an old lady that reminded me of my grandmother and we found her at a Buddhist temple in Naperville. I haven’t seen the dermatologist at UIC in awhile, mainly because it takes forever to get an appointment and I just felt that their medicine wasn’t helping me in the long-term treatment of my eczema…
The woman was surrounded by Chinese people waiting to get a diagnosis about their health and well-being. It was a very informal approach, but when it came to my turn she did what she did to everyone else, placed her hands above both of my wrists and then asked me questions about my ailment.
The main conclusion was that my mother must have had some spicy or fried food during her pregnancy with me to explain why I have had it so long, and that the only way I could possibly cure my eczema is by being pregnant myself and having a baby (after getting married of course). For some reason, this remedy has always been suggested for everything. It’s like somehow our problems will be solved with marriage and having children! But hey, I haven’t tried it yet and I guess I can’t judge how it works. I do kind of trust her word because I met a woman who had the same thing as me, but after she had her own kids her eczema completely disappeared! It must have to do with hormonal changes…
Unfortunately, I am in no position to get married or have kids (although I sure wish I was because I can’t wait to start a family!). For now, I am taking some Chinese herbal medicine that we bought from Chinatown and I hope it will work. Chinese medicine is always very bitter, but I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would.
I hope everyone is having a productive summer! I can’t believe I’m leaving so soon! :D