Communications (October-November, 1997)

More Treats In (Not On) Saran Wrap
from Mary Ambrose

What a treat to see that you printed my last message to you regarding the adventures in Saran Wrap [see "Archives"]. I usually manage to stay upbeat about this whole experience, having dealt with it for so long, but I seem to have fallen off the good humor wagon in the past 6 weeks, or so.

My latest effective concoction of medication has stopped being effective and my vanity is demanding a solution, but there doesn't seem to be one this time. I now have to face the world with this garbage on my face, in my ears, and it's down right pitiful. Take it from me, there isn't enough Mary Kay makeup in Texas to cover this stuff up. So, now I'm back to my self medicating ways. Salts from the Dead Sea, and making plans to head down to Mexico.... Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Thanks for letting me unload !!


Ed's Reply:

Mary, you keep teasing my Saran Wrap hang-up and then making these titillating allusions to an impending trip to Mexico. I asked you before and I'll ask you again, WHAT DO YOU DO IN MEXICO? TELL US! (Or just give us the dates and name of the night club, if that's appropriate.)

Meanwhile, since you brought it up, I DID try the Saran Wrap occlusion again. I used Temovate as the medication (otherwise known as The Good Guy's Colbetasol Propionate). I applied and wrapped around 10:00 p.m., secured the wrapping with duct tape wound top and bottom, then unwound and unwrapped about 6:00 a.m. the next morning. I was able to peel flakes off my calf the size of quarters! Nobody but a fellow psoriatic can appreciate the sense of accomplishment and pleasure that accompanies this process. I'm talking about flakes the size of postage stamps! Scrap book-worthy flakes (real keepers)! Without the occlusion, that particular lesion (which covers half my calf from ankle to knee) flames out with an itchy dusting of pin-head sized flakes that pile up on my upholstery, in my carpet, over my socks and shoes throughout the course of the day. With the occlusion and the self-gratifying peel-a-thon first thing in the morning, I was left with a bright red but flake-free lesion to remedicate and thereafter an entire day almost itch-free.

I owe it all to you, Mary. You're just lucky I wasn't whispering your name when I woke my wife by "crinkling" as I rolled over in the middle of the night.

Ah, but Mary! Word of warning. Don't try the Saran Wrap occlusion on the face lesions! Too bad you can't just grow a beard, like I did.

Love hearing from you, as always! -Ed

P.S. Mexico?????

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