LAS VEGAS — As she waits to see her son’s first birthday, Alastin Skin Care owner Mary Lou Young is a little less than thrilled to be taking care of the two-year-old.
He’s just coming into his own, and his mother says she doesn’t think he’ll ever get over the initial shock of seeing his skin grow.
“I’ve been very, very cautious with my kids and their care, because they don’t like to touch things,” Young said.
“He’s a little scared, and he’s not the type to be aggressive, and I don’t want him to get upset with me.”
For years, Young has been keeping a close eye on her son, a one-year old who suffers from eczema.
It’s a skin condition that causes red bumps and inflammation in the skin.
It causes severe itching and rash, which can be so severe that it can make it hard to breathe.
When he was younger, Young said, he used to come in and get his face brushed every day.
But it’s not so easy anymore, so she’s now putting a lot more thought into the care of her two-and-a-half-year baby.
“My husband is a professional, and when we had our kids, he would do it every day,” Young explained.
“We have a great skin care shop in Vegas that’s really good, and we would go in there, have a nice face wash, and that’s it.”
But now, it’s time to put some of that care behind and start caring for her son.
“For me, it just took me out of my comfort zone, and my comfort level was so high with my son, and now, he’s going to have to go through a little bit of adjustment, too,” Young told ABC News.
“The biggest thing that I can really say is, my son has grown into a really nice kid, and not only that, but he’s grown into his first real friend.
He wants to be with me, and will definitely be my best friend for the rest of my life.”
Young is also concerned about the future of her business.
“It’s been really challenging, especially when the industry is in crisis,” Young admitted.
“There’s been a lot of people losing their jobs, and it’s really stressful for them to take care of their family, and for me, that’s the hardest thing.”
Young said she was glad she didn’t have to leave her home and had enough money to pay her bills for the past few years, but she said it wasn’t easy.
“When I left, I was like, I can’t do this anymore,” she said.
“I’m a really good mom, but I couldn’t do it anymore.
I had to leave my house, and there was no way I was going to do it again.”
Young’s son has been diagnosed with a skin disease, and she said he will be going through chemo and radiation treatments before he’s able to start the treatment process.
“This has been a nightmare for me.
It has been really hard for me,” Young acknowledged.
“But I’ve made it through it.”
Young hopes her son can continue to live in her home, with her two young daughters in tow, until he is old enough to go to school.
“Our only goal is to make it through this, but we want to give our kids the best education possible, and be happy,” Young concluded.