(I know it) Like the back of my hand

I use the back of my hands a lot. You might find this strange or confusing, but it’s another coping mechanism.

The back of my hands sweat less. The tops of my fingers will sweat occasionally when my HH is very strong and opposite the palm area (above the wrist and below the knuckles), there is no sweat.

For my job, I have to hang a lot of posters to advertise concerts. I always smooth them down with the backs of my hands. I can’t do it with the front of my sweaty hands or the ink will run!

On the subway, I will sometimes balance myself by pressing the back of my hand to the rail. This works for the most part. I’m really good at balancing.

Side note- I truly think I have better balance from having HH on my feet. Walking with sweaty feet in sandals requires a lot of balance!

If I ever really need to be in close proximity to people where my hands may brush them, I make sure it’s with the back of my hands.  Fist bump instead of hand shake?

I tend to keep my palms down, so people are only seeing the back (tops) of my hands. Less glistening in the light!

At a bar, I will hold onto my drink most of the night so only the back of my hands are showing. Also, if you need to shake someone’s hand unexpectedly, you can claim that the sweat is the condensation from your glass. I do this a lot, actually. More lying- I guess this should have been in my “lying” post.

Does anyone else with HH use the back of their hands?

Caryn

Rings and HH

I wear rings every day. Usually, I wear my class ring from college- a classy one that gets a lot of comments from people.

You already know that HH causes my hands to swell to the point where I need to get a ring size larger than normal for my fingers.

What you don’t know is what happens when people want to look at my rings.

Many times, people will grab my hand and start admiring my ring.

With HH, this is highly uncomfortable. I don’t want them to notice my sweaty hands so I immediately take my ring off and hand it over to them to look at.

Anyway, I’m getting older…and one day I will hopefully be engaged and have a ring on my finger. Many women love when their engagement ring is looked at and show it off. Many friends and family don’t even ask to look at the ring, they just grab the Bride-to-Be’s hand to “ooh and ahh”.

This is going to suck for me. I don’t even know how I will handle it. I’m not going to take the ring off for the person to look at. This might be fine for other rings, but not an engagement ring.

Don’t get me wrong…I still want a ring. I’m a pretty traditional person when it comes to weddings. I am just imagining some uncomfortable situations in my future.

It’s sad that I need to think of this. Being engaged should be nothing but happy. It shouldn’t be awkward and uncomfortable.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Caryn

Chocolate?

Today as I rode the subway, I saw a girl snacking on some chocolate covered candies. My hands were a sweaty mess at this point and I imagined trying to eat what she was eating. My thoughts in order: Impossible, Disgusting, Messy.

How have I never mentioned this before? I can’t eat chocolate anything when my hands are sweaty!

M&M’s? Forget it! I will have a colorful mess left in my hand.

What’s up with their tagline, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand?”

These candies surely have not been tested by people with HH!

Maybe the candied shell is keeping the chocolate from melting, but it is giving me an unwanted multicolored palm.

Glycopyrrolate Week 2.5- WARNING

Please be careful with Glycopyrrolate for HH!

I ended up in the Emergency Room last week for severe pain in my side, below my ribs.

I had no idea what was wrong with me at the time, but I had difficulty standing upright!

The pain was originating near my kidneys, so I was checked for Kidney and Gall Bladder stones among other things. All tests were clear.

After a few days of pain, I realized I never took my medication into consideration. I was on this medication before, and never had such side effects.

However, when I looked at the paperwork, I realized that the side effects fit my symptoms.

My doctor says that since I have lost weight since the first time I was on the medication, there was a chance I would react differently to it.

Glycopyrrolate will slow the activity of your abdominal cavity and I guess it basically caused a blockage.

I was unintentionally ignoring my symptoms, thinking that a little bloating and loss of appetite wasn’t anything to worry about.

A few days and intense pain later, I realized these symptoms had been going on for almost a week!

I have stopped the medication, and added a ton of fiber to my diet. I am feeling so much better now, and have plans for starting the medication again with a new diet.

I will keep you posted.

Caryn

 

The Brown Paper Bag

Today’s culprit was a brown paper bag containing a delicious burrito.

It was very hot today and my HH was acting up.

As I held the bag from the top, my hands deteriorated the paper.

So, I held it from the bottom.

This made the bottom of the bag so wet that it ripped open and threatened the safety of the burrito.

Don’t worry, we both made it back to work okay!

Plastic anyone?

🙂

Caryn Joan

Never thought of this

I always fear that my future children will have HH because of genetics. I’ve pretty much accepted that they will have it.

I was searching around the internet and found this blog post from 2010: http://www.hyperhidrosisandme.com/2010/11/22/hyperhidrosis-and-heredity-does-my-child-have-it/

It got me thinking. What if my child is mad at me and blames me for giving him or her HH??

In my situation, my mom doesn’t have HH. I don’t really have a particular person to blame. But what if I had? This is scary to think about.

Caryn Joan