Mail (August, 1998)

Diabetes and Psoriasis Diagnosed on Same Day
From Susan

Dear Ed: I was diagnosed with psoriasis the same day I was told that I had type 2 diabetes. That was 2 years ago and I haven't cleared up since then. I have P everywhere except on my face and bottoms of my feet. I have pustular and plaque type. I have tried everything. Now I am going 3 times a week to have the light treatment at the hospital. It has not improved much. I itch some nights so badly that I only get 3-4 hours sleep and I have to be at work at 7 a.m. I work in a day care center and I have to keep covered up as the children won't sit on my lap and they seem afraid they will catch it. This of course is normal for children but it makes life so much harder for me.

I feel so depressed sometimes because I have never had a blemish or acne and I wonder why at 49 I have to have this along with all sorts of things. Arthritis, etc. Hopefully someday there will be a cure for us. I can't wait. I had to vent. thanks for letting me do this! -Susan

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Ed's Response: Susan, you're welcome. Are we related? Psoriasisóboth of us. Type 2 diabetesóditto. Arthritisóditto. No skin problems as a teenageróditto. Are you my long-lost older (by two years) sister? It would be easy to tell. All the Dewke's have this interesting little mark on their ... oops. Never mind. You're a girl.

For goodness sake, gal! Get something prescribed to help you sleep! Most anti-itch stuff that really works isn't too cool for use during the day because it can make you drowsy, slow you down. But at night, who cares! There's only one thing worse than having to put up with our assorted common ailments, and that's having to do it when we're exhausted.

I can't imagine the shock it would have been to learn about my psoriasis and my diabetes on the same day! Sheez! Of course, there's something to be said for finally knowing what's wrong with you, but to be told you are suffering from two diseases for which there is no cure! That took guts, kid. I certainly appreciate your wondering why now. The only thing I was able to do when I learned about my P & D was take a deep breath and thank God he gave me 40 years without either of them. Now, Susan. Don't be a stranger. Please make yourself at home right here with the rest of us. -Ed

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