Dr. Debra Gaffney is one of the finest people that I’ve ever known. She’s kind, loving and caring. Until I met her and was treated by her, I knew nothing but pain, itching, and desperation.
I have a severe case of eczema mostly located on my hands and fingers. This condition has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Since I was a child, I remember going to skin specialist after skin specialist only to get shots, ointments, creams, steroids both oral and creams. Most recently in September 2002 one day at work I couldn’t complete any of my administrative tasks. I thought I was going crazy with pain and itching. The skin was very thin, itchy, cracked, bleeding and swollen beyond belief. I couldn’t brush my teeth or hair. It hurt to touch anything; difficult to even wash my body or get dressed. Driving and holding the steering wheel was a real task, and now that I really think about it, I can’t believe I put myself and others at a safety risk driving on the road. I could not go to the grocery or department stores that I didn’t itch or swell up. Holding or watching my beautiful 3 granddaughters was out of the question. I didn’t want to be near my three grown daughters or husband for that matter. All I could think about was the pain and itching. I was embarrassed, even with my own family, that I couldn’t control the situation and all I wanted to do was cry or scream. After several acupuncture treatments, some Chinese herbal supplements and conventional antibiotics prescribed by my family physician, relief came. I no longer use steroids in any form of cortisone prescription or over the counter creams. I’ve resumed living, working in my home and profession and just about everything. I still have skin breakouts from time to time but nowhere near what they were. I wish I had pictures to show you the difference.
Thank you, Debra Gaffney Love You, K.A.