Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Little Levity

So I have decided that the last two weeks worth of posts have been way too heavy and that it is high time to lighten things up around here.

Yesterday the TPN nurse wanted to check the site where the tube was pulled, convinced that it wouldn't have healed. Medical personnel are obsessed with the idea that my wounds don't heal. Now, on my hands this is actually a valid concern because scleroderma compromises the circulation through severe vasoconstriction in response to cold and stress (this is called Raynaud's), but otherwise I have never understood this concern. Patients with scleroderma produce too much collagen, which is what the body uses to make scar tissue. If anyone can make a scar it should be me. Scar production is my body's raison d'etre. It's the very reason my lungs are trashed. When I lifted up my shirt the nurse was shocked to see an almost completely healed wound.

So then I got to thinking that I do not appreciate the irony that I, who produce too much collagen, have no lips to speak of while Hollywood starlets spend big bucks for collagen injections to sport a voluptuous pucker. I am sure there is a scientific explanation for this seeming inconsistency. All I am saying is the least I could have gotten out of all this is a sexy pout a la Angelina Jolie.

1 comment:

SitNSpin said...

Sure, but Angie's lips aren't real...and what real person wants to look like a blow up doll anyway?
Here's to indulging in a little levity today.

Your blog is wonderful - poignant, witty, self-reflective, and funny at all the well-timed places.

You've been in my thoughts. Wishing you a good day.