(January, 1999)

Lori's Rejoinders
from Lori

Here are a few of the things I typically hear. Could it be comments like these make the other person feel better about my P?

1) "So you're always going to have that on your forehead?"

2) George says, "What's that on your forehead?" I say, "I have Psoriasis." George says, "Eww gross! Stay away from me!" When he turned his back I sprinkled some flakes on his jacket.

3) I thought I was clearing up when someone said this: "This winter is rough on your skin, isn't it?"

4) "Hey your skin is looking good today!" One question: Why is my skin an everyday topic for people?

Enjoy! -Lori

*****

Ed's Response: Lori, you're living with it, and that's why people make it an everyday topic. You're overt, so they're overt. And, with the possible exception of number 2, saying these things probably DOES make the person feel better about your P. Ignoring something that commands their attention is always more uncomfortable than addressing it.

You are obviously a more honest and open person than me. Here's your list with Dewke rejoinders:

1) "So you're always going to have that on your forehead?" Dewke: They'll remove it when they're sure my brain transplant worked.

2) "What's that on your forehead? ... Eww gross! Stay away from me!" Dewke: Oh but I can't stay away from you George! We were meant to be together!

3) "This winter is rough on your skin, isn't it?" Dewke: It's natural molting. I'll be smooth as a baby's arse next spring.

4) "Hey your skin is looking good today!" Dewke: Thanks! Your halitosis is much better, too!

-Ed

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