wings and things

The advantages of having pompholyx

on February 27, 2014

Sorry but I am a bit obsessed with my condition. This time I have decided to give it a positive spin.

The advantages of having pompholyx:

1. You cannot go anywhere near detergents of any type, so you are not allowed to wash dishes, clean the bathroom or do the laundry, which means someone else has to do all of these things for you. (Thank you, Ming, oh and don’t forget to vacuum the house).

2. If you have freckly hands, and you don’t like your freckly hands, you will love how, once the skin peels off, so will the freckles.

3. Exercise is not a good idea if you have pompholyx on your feet so, even if you weren’t madly exercising every day, now you don’t have to feel guilty about that.

4. It is a conversation starter. People tend to find it quite entertaining to hear about your pompholyx, and fascinated by your suppurating sores. It is, however, best to keep these show-and-tell conversations to less than 10 minutes I’ve discovered.

5. It’s good assertiveness training. For example, when people tell you to stop scratching at your hands, you can say (loudly, if you wish), “I will scratch at my hands if I want to scratch at my hands!” I have had to say this to Anthony, Ming and friends on several occasions.

6. You have learned a new word – pompholyx (which derives from the Greek for ‘bubble’ I think).

7. If someone you only vaguely know sees you at the post office and wants to give you one of those spontaneous hugs that you are not in the mood for, you can throw your hands up and say “Don’t touch me – I’m diseased – see!”

8. It’s also a good way of frightening small children who are behaving brattishly, although I haven’t tried this yet.

9. Doctors are extremely impressed with your extensive knowledge of a condition they have never heard of and they look at your hands and feet with the glee of a new discovery. This gives you the brief glow of what it must be like to be on the red carpet.

10. You discover that you have a tonne more of empathy for all who are suffering any kind of pain. This is the best advantage by far.

Ming did the washing, vacuumed the house, did the grocery shopping and saw Anthony this morning. This afternoon he has gone back to see Ants, go to a movie and then he is bringing pizza home. Wonderboy!

53 responses to “The advantages of having pompholyx

  1. cobbies69 says:

    When a child I can relate to a few of these.. 😉

  2. bulldog says:

    Good for Ming… treating Mom…

  3. viveka says:

    Julie, positive thinking is never wrong – but I don’t know anyone that is constantly positive and I would hate to have a 100% positive person around me – it would drive my potty very quickly.
    If you not able to worry and feel sorry for yourself at times … will you not be able to feel sorry for others neither. You’re so delightful funny, Julie.
    Ming is a taskmaster – good on him!!!!

  4. lensgirl53 says:

    You are such a witty one…even in your agony. I remember the same thing when I was afflicted with the handsy thingy…I did not have to do anything. I was on a painful vacation of sorts…lol…or not so lol…. ;(

  5. Ingrid says:

    love it – especially no housework – certainly puts a positive spin on it
    Go wonder boy!

  6. mimijk says:

    Ming – you and Ants did something pretty amazing when you brought that young man into the world. Glad you are able to find the humor – even in leaky pustules..;-) Rock on my friend.

  7. Mirada says:

    While I’m very sorry for your illness, I do love the humorous spin you’ve put on this post–good for you! Humor is a great medicament for the healing process, and if it can’t do the job 100%, it usually alleviates the suffering to some fair extent. I don’t have such an exotic, red carpet, affliction–“just” depression recurrences, and my Faith and humor keep me afloat. God bless you.

  8. Ha ha ha – that’s the way to look at it girl! Ming, take five gold stars 😉

  9. Ming has earned his stripes today!!! And good onya mate! for putting that beautiful spin on this!!!! 😉

  10. Gee Julie, I thought I was pretty good at finding the silver-lining, but this trumps mine! 😉

  11. I love the phrase “Don’t touch me I am diseased” very Victorian or Elizabethan. 😀 Ming is being so wonderful, he’s probably telling his father all about it, a great bonding moment for the two I am sure. 🙂

  12. Re # 4 I would imagine others would ‘definitely’ want to have a conversation about it… kind of hard to ignore the ‘elephant’ in the room ha ! and #9 I can just imagine the doctors glee over their newest diagnosis they have learned… and of course ‘Ming’ what a sweetie….. Diane

  13. Hahaha what a wonderful post…I love that you put such a positive spin on this nasty “P” thing! I pray you get better soon….but don’t tell Ming he needs to keep taking care of things. LOL hugs

  14. only you could put a positive spin on something that sounds terrible

  15. Oh Julie, this is a brilliant post – just brilliant!
    Diana xo

  16. susanpoozan says:

    Well done for being so positive, I admire you.

  17. janechese says:

    Oh you are so funny! great list but pretty drastic measures to get out of work. 😉 I had a patient with a similar problem, the poor woman was wrapped up in bandages and the blisters rose an inch high, then burst. the blisters covered her hands and part of her arms – it did go away.

  18. Tiny says:

    What a good way of treating pompholyx – with humor! No side-effects apart from more work for Ming.

  19. FlaHam says:

    Julie, You should have made this a contest and asked your readers to provide you with additional benefits, like not being the designated driver, or having your halloween custome at the ready all the time. Julie this attitude is much more befitting you, but the reality is your still ill and you need to get over this so you can get back to being normal. Take care Love, Bill

  20. ksbeth says:

    great that you took a positive approach to all of this and a bonus that you have a moment to have someone take care of you for a bit. )

  21. Nothing wrong with being positive. 😉

  22. Terry says:

    Wow!!! I want it now! Look at all the benefits!! LOL

  23. elizabeth says:

    There’s always a silver lining. 🙂 So glad you were able to see it. Love and (((hugs)))

  24. Lynda says:

    Julie, I’m glad you are able to see the lighter side of this affliction. 😉
    And especially glad that you have Ming to help you!

  25. I like number 7!

    Aren’t you bored, though?

  26. tersiaburger says:

    What a delightful disease! You are so funny!!! Hope you feel better soon but that the slave remains….. I adore you!!!

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