Chronic Illness Secret: Unexplained Bumps and Bruises, Cuts and Scratches

Written By: JoJoisms - Feb• 09•15

hand3There are so many things nobody tells you when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness.  Doctors certainly don’t tell you these things. These are chronic illness secrets: things you only discover by talking to others who have chronic illness.  After 35yrs of dealing with this, you’d think nothing would surprise me anymore, but you’d be wrong.

So a few weeks ago, I discovered bruises, scratches and cuts all over my fingers and legs.  I’d wake up and just notice them having no earthly idea where they came from.  Did I sleepwalk into a dresser drawer?  Was my dh beating me in my sleep?  How did I get a big bump in the middle of my forehead without knowing it?

I didn’t think anything more about it until two weeks later when it happened again.   The placement of the cuts and bruises were even odd.  What did I bump into that high up on my thigh? Am I being abducted by aliens for experimentation?  Each morning I’d notice a new cut on a different finger or a new bruise on my leg.  So I posted a query in one of my chronic illness groups on Facebook and got an avalanche of responses!  Each one reported the very same thing!  Some had even worse experiences much more painful and troublesome than my own!  And NOBODY knew how they happened or why.  It made me feel better to know I wasn’t losing my mind…(or being abducted by aliens.  Whew!)  LOL  And I am comforted in knowing I’m not alone.

I have several scars from various surgeries over the years.   My left middle finger crisscrosses over my ring finger due to a car accident last year.  I’m 52 years old, have a turkey neck and very little muscle tone from a lack of various vitamins and hormones.  At this point, what’s a few strategically placed purple bruises, cuts, scrapes and scratches?  So I guess my modeling career is over. LOL

Well,  if I’m destined to have bumps and bruises, cuts and scratches appear on my person, things could be worse.  Purple IS my favorite color!

(Disclaimer: This is a picture of my hand after the car accident last year. I did know when that one happened.  My current bruises are in an area best left off camera.)

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