Another Flaking Colitus Sufferer (with
Hi Ed! I wrote to you sometime back about
the psoriasis on my hands and feet, but don't remember a lot
of what I said, except maybe "ouch."
Ed's Response: I think I'll get a dog.... Hi, Anna! New Zealand, eh? That's one of the places on my wish-to-see list. (An old service buddy of mine emigrated there.) How do you find all these flakers with whom to commiserate? Aside from my on-line life, I rarely run into a flaker.
To be bluntly honest with you, Anna. None of these compound conditions surprise me. P seems to be the type of condition that freely associates with anything. Respiratory maladies all added up affect more people than P, so it's not surprising a lot of people with P will have "lung problems," too. It's exasperating, though, that P co-exists with so many other problems, most of which have to be treated independently and at added cost. I, along with many other flakers, enjoy the exciting duet of P and Diabetes. The D-docs worry about this more than I do. When they see me in my undressed splendiferousness they think I should be wracked with pain. When I disclose that this normally is not the case, they think "neuropathy"a damaged nervous system often attributed to diabetes. "Can you feel this? Does this hurt?" I wince and say, "Try that again and I'll knock you into next month."
By drawing lines between P and sundry other complaints, we may be trying to instill too much order on an otherwise disorderly universe. Chances are the Metho is helping your P and the folic acid is helping your colitus. There's also a chance that your colitusbecause it was obviously stressfulwas exacerbating your P (because of the stress) and that your relief from colitus improved the P merely because it reduced the related stress. You can call that "drawing a line," or "making a connection" if you want to. It's kind of up there with, If Fred traveled back in time and accidently crushed a butterfly, then returned to the current time, should he be surprised to find Bill Clinton wasn't the President but instead was a celibate Priest? Interesting as a mind game, but..... Don't go running around squishing butterflies in hope of improving the future!
Stay in touch, Anna. Where are you traveling to next? -Ed