The rash is improving. I'm pretty sure I'll avoid steroids. I even talked myself into a shower today. For whatever reason water makes this rash itch and burn so much I just couldn't handle a shower yesterday. (I didn't go anywhere anyway).
I am now just having trouble getting up the courage to deal with tomorrow. I don't want to go to work with a lot of visible and itchy rash. I don't think that's very professional in healthcare, I don't want to have to explain the rash to anyone, I itch, and I can't take the medication to stop the itch and work.
But like most jobs, mine really doesn't like you to have 3 days off in a row "sick". Not to mention I was off 2 weeks ago for 2 days. I have a doctor's note for 2 days and I'm sure I can get one for tomorrow as well (I'm guessing this will take through Tuesday to totally clear judging from the percentage gone from Friday to now). But the worrier in me wonders what happens if my doctor won't give me an excuse after I take the day off. What happens if my employer is really mad about the excessive absences? And then I start thinking I should be at work. Except for the itching. The itching and working are not a good combination. The itching, working, and medication are a total no go. I'm still having trouble even having hair touch my face because of the increased itchiness, so I can't really just give up taking the itch medicine. I have reduced how much I take it though and I'm taking half the dose. We're getting there, this is just slow.
I really just want to hide behind the woodwork at work and instead I'm doing things that raise red flags. Lovely.