or maybe I should say, blogging surprise.
Imagine! One day when I was feeling old and low because the tip of my fingers constantly felt like I had been soaking them in water for hours, I complained about this on my French blog, Vieux, c’est mieux !!!.
A nice commentator, Carolyn, suggested I get something called Bag Balm. She said
In the US the two best products for dry skin are Corn Huskers Lotion for slight dryness, and for serious dryness, Bag Balm (used by people who milk cows by hand). You put some on after washing your hands at night, put two pairs of gloves over your hands, and go to bed. One or two nights may solve your problem.
As I never expected anyone to solve my problem (asking my dermatologist hadn’t helped), I guess I just wanted to moan on some sympathetic shoulders, and blog readers are such wonderful sympathetic shoulders to cry on!
But lo and behold, a few days later, an old friend from Illinois, Harriett, sent this cryptic message
La Bag Balm est dans le courrier!
which meant that the Bag Balm was in the mail!
Of course, I wrote her right away and she said that she had bought a tin and put it in the mail.
Isn’t it a lovely green tin?
Then in a private mail, she wrote
Yes, we use it. It does work. My friend just had radiation therapy after
breast cancer. She had some burning and the oncologist recommended Bag Balm.
We can buy it at the farm store or course, but I bought this at a fabric shop. Evidently people who sew also get dry hands and need relief. I am sure that it is used by more non-farmers than by farmers for their cows.(…>
I figured that if it’s good for cow udders, it must be good for me!
And it is!
My hands feel much better than with any other hand cream I have tried, and mind you, I’ve tried it successfully on my feet and am planning on trying it on my face!
Wish I’d known about this when I had radiation therapy
I have also looked into how I could get another tin when this one is finished, and easy peasy, I have found a company I can order it from!
Its only drawback is a slightly unpleasant smell. But it is something I can live with!