Psoriasis is something that you don’t really joke about, unless you are a sufferer of course. It’s one of those things where if you don’t have the condition and you make a joke about it, I’m likely to jump down your throat. I can laugh at it sometimes and as long as I’ve started joking about it, you can feel free to join in. I would just say though, never joke about it if you don’t know the person too well.
Some of the ways I laugh the condition off is things like telling my wife I’m off to “make like a snake”. In other words I’m off for a good peeling session as if I’m shedding my skin. Okay I know we should really try to peel it off but there’s nothing like using a good scrub or even my wife’s bright pink sparkly exfoliation gloves. Seriously, someone has to make a more man friendly version of these.The there is the way of saying that the condition makes me very good looking because I’m so a-peeling (appealing gettit?).
My wife tells me off for scratching or pickling, as she calls it. My response is often that I’m not pickling anything, I don’t have any vinegar. Or the conversation goes like this:
Her: “Stop pickling”
Me: “I’m not pickling”
Her: “Stop scratching then”
Me: “I’m not scratching”
Her: “show me you hand then”. I then raise one hand while continuing to scratch with the other.
Her: “show me the other hand”. At which point I swap hands knowing what’s coming next.
Her: “Show me both hands at the same time”. This is the point I often stick my tongue out at her.
We must have had this conversation countless times but it never fails to amuse me as it brings out my childish side.
When my Wife catches me scratching while we’re staying in an hotel she tells me to stop leaving piles for the cleaners. I just say “I like to feel that wherever I go, I leave a little piece of me behind.” Or, rather than “Wherever I lay my hat”, it’s more “Wherever I lay my skin, that’s my home”.
For the first two years I had the condition I never laughed at it and I know it is hard to get to this point. I have found that laughing at Psoriasis is good for the soul. It definitely relieves some of the stress caused by it and it stops this thing driving me insane. And so I finish in a Monty Phtyon-esque way to say to you Psoriasis, “I fart in your general direction”. If you have never watched Monthy Python & The Holy Grail, that will mean absolutely nothing to you.