I’ve been reading a few fun comments lately about the excuses people give on their psoriasis and generally it seems people follow the same train of thought as me. I have never really given an excuse for it. People ask me what’s wrong with my skin then I will tell them. Every now and then I am in a bit of a funny mood so I may make up something or it depends how I’m asked. I mean if someone came up to me and went “Ewwwwww, what’s that on your skin”. I might just turn round and say “I’m a leper, you might want to stand back”, or “it’s an allergic reaction to idiots, could you move away please”.
When my friends have asked me it’s always been in a polite and concerning way so I just tell them I have psoriasis and then answer any questions they have. I do think why should I make an excuse for it. You may not like the look of my skin, I might like the look of your face but I won’t go up and say “Ewwwwwwww, what’s that on your face….. oh it is your face” because that would just be rude. Although I am really tempted to use that one if anyone really says something rude about my skin.
My favourite one though was when I was taking a course of light treatment. It was March in England, a March when the weather thought, I know I’ll have a mini heat wave, that will really pee off the people on light treatment. In case you don’t know, when you have the light treatment, you have to cover up if it’s sunny so you don’t burn or mess up the treatment. So in the mid 20 degree Celsius heat (that’s hot for England in March)I was in trousers, long-sleeved shirt, baseball cap, trying to keep as covered as possible and at the same time baking hot from the heat of the sun and the warm glow my skin had.
I was working in a pub at the time and one fo the customers asked me for the umpteenth time, “why are you covered up in this heat?” I simply replied “I’m a Vampire, the sun’s bad for me”. The customer looked at me, unsure how to respond and simply said “huh?” with a puzzled look on their face. I didn’t explain any further until they came to chat with me again and asked “really, why are you covered up”. I was a bit kinder this time and explained about the psoriasis and light treatment. Now I knew this person quite well and they had obviously never come across anyone with psoriasis and I don’t think they could quite get it. Later, they met some friends in the pub and said “Have you met Simon before, he’s a Vampire”. At which point both me and the customer fell about laughing with everyone else looking at us like we were mad. You might have to be there, but I thought it was very funny.
Please remember if you have Psoriasis, you don’t have to make excuses, sometimes it’s just fun though.