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Friday, February 3, 2012

All the skinny on this Parkie

Roseacea causes red face
I am fairly healthy, except for Parkinson's Disease , but I still spend a lot of time in Doctor's offices.  The medicines I take for  Parkinson's can cause melanoma, so I see a lady Dermatologist twice a year for a complete skin check.  I've had 2 cancers cut off my nose already.  She treats my Rosacea, as well (that's why my face looks red all the time).

Dr. L comes in, looks me over and scolds me because my arms and legs are darkly tanned.  I tell her that I can't help it, I tan really fast.  She looks puzzled and says "But you are blonde.  Are you a natural blonde?  Of course you are, even your eyelashes are blonde.  How long does it take for you to see a difference in color?" 

 Ten minutes, I answer.

 "Ten minutes?  And you see a difference?  That doesn't make sense, you have fair skin, you shouldn't tan at all."  I just shrug my shoulders.  Dr. L is almost as white as the shorts I am wearing in the photo.

The hair on my body is short, baby fine and blonde and I have so little of it that I don't have to shave my legs!  Yippee!  This amazes Dr. L, she just can't believe it.  She says I am the least hairiest adult she has ever seen and asks if I have always been like that.  No, I answer, I used to have thick black hair all over me.  She looks puzzled again, and then laughs.  I'm not sure she understands my weird sense of humor.

Tiny toe nail
I have always been different, my fingernails are see-through and bend and nail polish will not stick to them.  My baby toenail is so tiny that I can barely cut it.  My hair and parts of my face are very oily and the rest of my skin is very dry.   

What can I say?  I am an anomaly, I shouldn't tan, but I do.  I shouldn't have Parkinson's either, but I do. I shouldn't be a Happy Parkie, but I am. 

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. we are all peculiar in differnt ways. S.

  2. more great information - didn't know about the melanoma risk increase! we use moisturizers and a prescription cream for my hubby's skin - he developed psoriasis in the midst of the parksinson. happy happy joy joy --> you always make me smile! love your blog! Bev H

  3. You are something, Bev. I always, always love to read or watch everything you share!

  4. I didn't know about the cancer either, even though I read all I can on Parkinson's. Which medicines cause it? I have a dark spot on my arm now which is about 1/4in.

  5. We are all anomalies. I recently read that there is a connection between aspartame consumption and Parkinson's. I have avoided aspartame all my adult life (and I don't think it was invented yet before that), and yet I have PD. My sister has been drinking diet pop with aspartame all of her adult life, and she is healthy.

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  7. You gotta be weird to be a pwp! When my meds kick in, I can't stop myself from cracking wise, singing and otherwise being class clown. When off I act as if.
    Are you of mediterranean background? I'm of the Scandinavian freckle and burn ethnicity. Had 3 precancerous spots frozen off leaving attractive spots. I don't know whether or not to bother with fake tan this year. Pat