You look great – that’s the words we all long to hear. We all want to look our best. Whether we are nipping to the supermarket, having a lazy day, or going out for dinner. The last thing I want is folk to be surprised that I look “normal”
So why is it that there are times when people say certain phrases to me that can set my tummy into turmoil and make me feel guilty for having an illness. These words are usually said in such an innocent manner and no malice is ever meant. Sometimes I can get upset by what has been said to me, regardless of how harmless the conversation is. The person paying the compliment is usually always blameless.
The conversations and body language that are directed to me are intended to be kind and gentle. A gentle hand stroking my arm and the words that first come out how are you keeping? One of the ladies in our support network group particularly doesn’t like this phrase. I have spoken to many people whilst I have been in hospital and yes they are affected by what’s said too. Certain words affect folks more than others, the word keeping was one that some found hard to deal with. I’m not quite sure why, as I say it’s always said with such niavity. Perhaps it’s because the word keeping is associated with custody and criminal. Many people with with chronic illnesses have life changing situations after their diagnosis and can often feel like a prisoner in their own home and need the help of others. Maybe this is a possibility why keeping is not liked by this person. I can’t go out on my own, and I’m very grateful for the help I get, not feeling sorry for myself – promise 😘.
Most of the time words said don’t bother me too much at all. I can put them in a box and breathe. What really drives me crazy is the tone that the conversation is spoken to me in. The very pitch can affect my mood, and hence a knock on affect on my health. Most days I will banter and have fun, if something is said in a teasing manner I will take it like water off a ducks back. However if I’m having a difficult day the slightest thing will reduce me to tears.
So why do we want to look good? – why not? I personally want to look like my old self. I want to be my husband’s wife 💕. My wonderful staff at Ninewells hospital in Dundee have specially manufactured coloured cream for my skin to put on every day. The transformation is fantastic. It covers every blemish, wrinkle, gives me a lovely colour. And it looks so natural. Once it’s on properly you wouldn’t know I had cream on. For me it takes a lot of work to look “normal” – I smear my entire body in several creams three times a day. Steve’s cousin Anna commented on how much work it was and how good the transformation the Dundee cream made – this actually made me feel good that she was so open.
The good thing about the chronic illness. It’s on the inside. We can cover it up. Put on the war paint and put on a smile 😀😀 it’s good to smile, it’s infectious. Smile and the world smiles with you. When you are all dressed and tried your hardest to look good, whether you are dressed to the nines or in a tracksuit, and have make up on or not. If I am happy I always look better. I know I am loved and this certainly makes me happy. It can be hard to look good for anyone at anytime but I will say my family and friends do make my life much better.
I love to buy and get treated to nice clothes and accessories. My favourites are Ragamuffin, Fatface, Michael kors, Pandora. My hubby, Steve is so good to me. Steve wants to treat me and make me feel good, he is the one that sees me feeling so rubbish at home. And puts up with my grumpy pants sulking moods 😂😂 – for my sake just as well he loves me.