Some of the inspiration for my ramblings about psoriasis come from the supports groups I frequent on Facebook and much of it from things I say and how I describe this condition. The other day I referred to my psoriasis as a moody teenager and the more I think about it, the more this description seems apt.
For those of you who aren’t from the UK, maybe have never watched Harry Enfield in his early years or haven’t seen the film Kevin & Perry Go Large, the title of this post may not mean much to you. Kevin was Harry Enfield’s stroppy teenager character whose main quote was “you’re so unfair” before stomping off.
Kevin is my psoriasis. I put creams on it and whatever else to try to make it go and you can almost hear it saying those words. It doesn’t want to do what I want it to do which, quite frankly, is to bugger off. It doesn’t want to just be quiet and fade into the background, it wants me to know it’s there and likes to think it is the boss round here. So when I tell my psoriasis that my skin is not somewhere to play or hang out, it looks at me, eyes glaring, foot stomping on the floor.
Every now and then psoriasis acts nicely, obviously must be after something, maybe more pocket money or hoping I won’t notice it sneaking into the drinks cabinet to steal my Jack Daniel’s. When I refuse to give in, refuse to be fooled by this nice behaviour, out comes the teenager in it, it rebels, tells me I’m unfair and just for kicks, decides to appear in more places than before, almost like he’s brought some mates round to annoy me even more.
When my psoriasis does do as it’s told and goes to its room it reminds me it’s still there by stomping on the floor, playing music loud, i.e., by the burning itching sensation I have even when the condition is visibly fading. Psoriasis you are a petulant annoying child and for this I call you Kevin, now will you please, for once, behave. Kevin just glares at me, huffs and says “stop telling me what to do, you’re so unfair”. Note: I am just playing with the stereotypical teenager here and do apologise to those well behaved teenagers out there.