Oh the trials. The trials!
Actually- the trials are manageable.
The Clinical Trials I mean.
Like I mentioned in my last eczema post (here) I’m currently on a clinical trial for some new drug hoping to be the next eczema-slayer. I’ve been on it for more than a month. This post isn’t about how I’m feeling or whether I’ve seen results or even which particular drug this is. I’m just going to tell you what’s involved with this particular trial. Mind you— not all clinical trials are similar. Even though there’s a daily routine, it’s been pretty easy.
Why does this look like mutant Birth Control? Although opening the packaging may require survival knife tactics and a sacrifice to nail polish, the pills are easily organized so I can take four a day. Which one is the placebo? I guess I’ll never know.
I feel pretty badass with a second cell phone; this is for recording how I felt in the past 24 hours. Every evening I answer a dozen questions on a scale of 1 to 10. How flaky was my skin? How bumpy was it? I’m thrilled that it’s password protected! There are so many bad people in the world who enjoy filling out other people’s eczema journals and entering ‘0’ whenever it asks how much sleep loss resulted.
This isn’t the typical white cream. This Aquafor looks and feels more like Vaseline. The nurses helping with the trial strongly recommended I use this cream so I can be level with others also on the trial. Once I was almost finished with the tub, I was allowed to use my preferred lotion instead. Thank goodness because I hated the feel of this Aquafor on my skin.
This sunscreen was also given by the nurses. I pay homage to the sun but I keep forgetting to apply this sunscreen. It’s pretty full as a result.
Whoa I get paid for all this? Yeah! I was given a ‘debit card’ at the beginning of the trial. This gets loaded with money after every visit. Honestly, after all this time I’ve only checked the dollar amount on it once. Do you really want to pay me? Take away any placebos and let me wear short shorts again!
See? Not too difficult at all.
I’m still optimistic that these little trials will lead to some big payouts (for my skin).
Are you thinking of going on an eczema clinical trial? Or are you on one already? Or are you just curious about anything else? Leave a comment!
Yeah! Not bad at all. God bless to all you skin friends on your own journey!