Friday, May 12, 2006

I is for Ignore

This one is a little odd. Let me first assure you I didn't hurt myself for the photo.

I have a mild skin condition called Dermagraphy. Pretty much any light pressure, usually from a shirt collar or cuff, causes warm and itchy red wheals. It's like an allergic reaction. The above was simply made after lightly running a knitting needle tip on my arm. After a few minutes it appears. Too bad I didn't go to Catholic School. I could have faked Stigmata to get out of classes!

This isn't a big deal- in about 10 minutes it goes away. The trouble is I get it a lot on my face and neck. If I itch my nose, or brush my hair it results in a Freddy Kruger-looking scratch. Then the comments come. Almost every day.
"Did your cat get you?"
"Did you have an accident?"
"Husband got frisky, eh?"
Then I have to go explain the above. Over and over. It gets old, and it makes a girl self conscious. I appreciate the concern, really I do. If you know me and asked, It's OK. Just after the nth time that day, I want to start carrying around pamphlets.

I'm thankful I don't have anything harmful or really painful. Sometimes I just want to I want to yell out, IGNORE IGNORE!


At 8:44 PM, Blogger sgeddes said...

I like the G,H, and I entries. The goats are cute. I think the helicopter in neat. I took a ride on one once. And I've never heard of Dermagraphy. I can't imagine what it's like, but it must be tiresome explaining. I'm glad it isn't serious. The school idea is great - you would have put the fear into the nuns!

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

My neck is like that. If I touch it, it gets very red for a while. Kids in high school used to tease me a lot, which would make me blush: a double whammy. My husband gets a red itchy rash on his arms when he rough-houses with the kids. It's good to know there's a name for it, even if it can't be treated.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Bezzie said...

I dig your G, H & I! (And I still can't get over how freaking good you are at coming up with THREE creative ones at a time...I have a hard enough time thinking of ONE letter!)

At 11:18 PM, Blogger David said...

My beautiful red haired wife bruises easier than a ripe nectarine on a billiards table. We also have 4-5 Standard Schnauzers, 2 of whom pop up like pistons in excitement whenever doing meet-&-greet with her.This results in the occasional black eye. After one question too many she made a laminated tag with a photograph of one of the dogs leaping up fully erect a few feet off the ground with cartoon like WHAMS! & POWS!

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