Psoriasis, from what I can gather, is not on the list of pre-existing medical conditions that might make you more susceptible to corona virus, or make it likely that you would experience more severe effects from this terrible virus than anyone else. For me, also living with high blood pressure (hypertension), I guess I am on the list. However, my blood pressure is very well controlled with daily medication, which works far better than any medication I have ever tried to treat psoriasis! So I am not too concerned.
Because I have not yet added much to the ‘Other’ section of my blog, I thought I would write a small piece regarding my personal experience with gallstones. If you don’t already know, gallstones are small stones, usually made of cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder. I didn’t know that. I guess I didn’t even know what a gallbladder was, or what it did. All I know was that I was not well. Not well at all. ...continue reading "Gallstones – a brief history"
You don’t have to look too far to find someone claiming that they have cured their psoriasis with 'this' or 'that'. Should you follow the trend and try what they tried? There have been many such stories, and it cannot be denied that those who make this claim do look remarkably free of the condition. Be they the rich and famous, or the next door neighbour, all have their own tales.
However, rather than believing that they have found ‘The Answer’, I feel the reality is that they just found the perfect thing – or combination of things – which worked for them. And all of us are on this same journey, just hoping to eventually reach that destination. ...continue reading "Psoriasis – to lead or to follow?"
I often find it amusing when people comment positively about my skin, claiming that, to them, it looks far better than it did the last time that they saw me. Being that I don’t really get out much – that might have been days, weeks or even years ago. I’m a bit of a shut-in, really. However, I do genuinely appreciate such positive and well intentioned remarks. But, to be honest, they don’t really help that much. For those that have not experienced it first hand, psoriasis can be a bit confusing. People don’t realise that how my skin looks today has very little relationship to how it looked yesterday, or how it might look tomorrow.
Psoriasis is a funny old thing to try to figure out. Me – I’m a fairly simple person, and when I see a cat I generally call it a cat. Or perhaps ‘Fluffykins’. Therefore, I would find it quite reasonable to imagine that if part of my skin was growing, replenishing and replacing itself far faster than normal, (as it does with this condition) that the new, fresh skin would be strong and good. How wrong that is. Skin affected by psoriasis is in fact dreadfully weak, and very easily damaged. The lightest touch, or even the way that you move your body, can cause the skin to break and bleed. Sadly, this seems to happen on a daily basis....continue reading "Feeling weak, staying strong"
In a fun-packed follow up to my previous post ‘10 things I can’t do’, here are 10 more things that I can’t do, thanks to psoriasis.
Play with the cat.
I love my cat. His name is Jake and that is him in the picture. He was a rescue cat, and has a long term medical condition. He also suffers with dry, itchy skin - he could be nothing else but my cat! He loves to play, but can get a bit rough. Whilst I care deeply about his skin condition, he gives not a damn about mine and leaves me bleeding and in pain from scratches and bites. He means no harm, and much of it is accidental, but still, with my weak skin I have no defence. ...continue reading "10 more things that I can’t do"
Psoriasis is not such a bad thing, in my opinion. People do sometimes ask me about it, and I often reply that if I could choose to have one incurable disease, I would choose psoriasis. It’s incurable, yes; but there are worse things that one could have. For starters, my life expectancy is unchanged. Psoriasis, in of itself, is not going to kill me. It can be painful and uncomfortable, true; but compared to an entire world of other possibilities, it’s a long way off the top of the pain threshold scale. The psychological stress of what is such a condition can be huge. But, there’s another thing – a possible upside. What are the chances of one person getting TWO incurable diseases? ...continue reading "Psoriasis, my lifelong friend"
Here in the UK, 2018 has been an unusually warm summer. And for that I am grateful. Sure – I live in South Wales – so we didn’t get quite the extremes of heat that were experienced by those further to the east, but still, it was a nice change. Lazy evenings and weekends sat in the garden soaking up the rays – it was heaven. I even managed to have a barbeque or two without getting soaked. Amazing! Coupled with a few blissful weeks in the south of Spain in July, my psoriasis has been far better this year than I have seen it for quite some time. ...continue reading "Winter is coming."
I have noted in other blog posts that I am, for the most part, unconcerned about my personal appearance, be that in general terms, or specifically due to my psoriasis. And this remains the case. However, there is one scenario that does give me some qualms – and that is the act of going swimming. ...continue reading "Psoriasis – life’s a beach"