I thought Corpus had a mild winter? I'm from San Antonio. I'm jealous that you live by the beach!
About the dermatologists, sometimes I say "who needs em?" Personally, I haven't seen one for 5 years. I also have EHK and pretty much treat myself with over the counter stuff. Amlactin 12% (ask for it at the Wal-Mart pharmacy they have it behind the counter) and Aquaphor or the CVS generic type of Aquaphor. Together these costs me about $25 a month. Plus I use this great foot file from the Dollar Tree that takes off the rough skin on my hands, feet, knees and elbows. I also wear cotton gloves and socks to bed to keep the ointment on. It's much better than a doctor's visit co-pay of $40. One question-Doesn't bathing dry out your skin?
My 7 year-old son who also has EHK went to the Derm. this week. After insurance I had to pay $120 on the dr. visit co-pay and 3 prescription co-pays. I can't even say whether the presciptions are going to last more than 2 weeks. We need economy sized tubes!
So really it's not all that bad to skip the dermatologist. I hope this helps and that you can enjoy quality time with your kids.