I should start with an apology. I’ve been quiet on here for a bit and this has been mostly due to being either busy or downright lazy. Hey, we all need a break sometimes and rather than feel guilty about it, think about jacking in the whole blog writing thing, I just sat back and let life go on. I mean, it’s not like the world will stop spinning if I don’t write a blog post.
Now we’re half way through September and somehow it feels like the good old days. Back to having a holiday in September, making as many excuses to celebrate my birthday over as long a period as possible, having a flare up and most importantly, celebrating (again as much and often as possible) our wedding anniversary. Ten years, this September marks our anniversary and for my wife, that’s also ten years married to psoriasis for which I think she deserves a standing ovation. So where ever you are, please be upstanding to my wife for being always understanding, supportive and a good old nagger when I pick my skin. To you, my rock, I raise a glass and drop a bit of skin on the floor. Don’t worry I’ll vacuum that up in a mo.
Now as well as us getting back to the routine of our usual September hols, my psoriasis has got back to it’s routine, Yes you know it, psoriasis has decided to have a flare up. Good ol’ reliable psoriasis, you git. Now we need to have word. This holiday is meant for me, my wife and our friends. In case you didn’t realise dear psoriasis, you are not my friend. We are not pals, buddies or compadres and certainly not besties. I know I’m adorable and you can’t bear to be without me. So this year, okay to hell with it, you can come along. We will drink, eat, explore and who knows, you might even learn something. You may learn that I will be paying you no attention at all, get used to that.
Trying to prepare for this holiday is the usual intensive treatment routine and actually it’s working a little (just don’t tell you know who). That routine is a dead sea salt bath every other night along with a bath emollient and moisturising. As far as prescribed treatment is concerned, I’m using Dovonex at the moment. Even though i’s a flare up, it’s not that bad, just a bit redder than usual.
September is always a bit of an excuse for me to let go as I’m also a fan of Jack Daniels and his work. I have a bit of a collection going and being that me and Jack share the same birthday month why not have a drink for him too. Now I know some will tut and tsk and be saying “Alcohol isn’t good for your skin.” No, it probably isn’t but why be devoid of life’s enjoyment because of this skin. I have said this many times now, it’s my life and psoriasis is just along for the ride. I have found a balance between having an enjoyable life and keeping psoriasis just about at a manageable level. As is always recommended though, I drink to moderation. Although there have been times when I am sure psoriasis could have turned me into an alcoholic. The fact remains there is no cure for psoriasis so I will always have it whether I cut out alcohol completely or not.
So this PSeptember normal service is resumed. My outlook remains positive, even if that is positive I dislike psoriasis, life is as it should be and I continue to have a supportive group of family and friends around me to help me through every day as it comes. Even if they don’t realise that they help every day. You don’t need them to say “keep going, it’ll be alright”, you don’t need to discuss psoriasis with them, it can be a night out or having people over fro dinner to help take your mind off it all, a smile, a like on facebook. There are lots of little things your family and friends probably do that let our know they are there and you are not alone. You may not even realise yourself the things they do to help you.
Pso here is to all my fellow patients, friends, family and oh why not, you too Psoriasis. It’s September, I have plenty of reason to celebrate, come join the party. Good health to you all.