Say goodbye to me. I'm dying.
Well, at least according to WEB MD, I could be.
This is what happened.
Last night, I looked down and the skin on my shins was peeling. Like, flaking off completely. Both legs.
Now, sure, I might have gone to Florida a few weeks ago and overdid the whole sun thing. But my arms peeled weeks ago. This was not from that, was it?
Also, my right shoulder has been hurting like a motherfucker.
And, yes, I typically swim a bunch of miles per week and, yes, swimmers notoriously have shoulder issues.
Add to that the yoga I've been doing a few times a week. Those chaturangas can be bitches on your shoulders.
But I've taken a FULL WEEK OFF and I'm still hurting.
Come to think of it, my left shoulder is hurting, too.
And, there's still the hip bursitis that's now lasted for a few years.
In fact, all my joints are aching.
So, back to my peeling legs.
What the fuck?
I do the prudent thing. I go to the computer (my mind screaming, DO NOT GO TO THE COMPUTER!!) and I google skin peeling on legs.
It asks me (via my further search choices) "in sheets?"
It asks, instead:
"skin peeling and dry eyes?"
Why yes, my eyes have been dry. Just the other day, I was complaining to my husband . . .
I have Lupus. Or at least, four other symptoms that match that disease.
Or, you know, some other tragic disease.
Now, the good news is, a. I have a dear friend with Lupus and b. she is, for all intents and purposes, an Iron Man. Okay, well, she's a half iron woman. But, she can do, and does do, anything. So, you know, if that's what it is, I will survive it.
But what if it's something else? What if . . . I'm dying?
We're all dying, I remind myself, trying to stop that snowball from rolling. From the moment we're born, we're dying.
BUT, what if I'm dying NOW??
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I'm going to be a blathering, disastrous mess. Tears. Puking. Panic. Passing out. It's a well known fact that I'm a passer-outer.
I'm sorry. I'd like to believe otherwise, and I guess we can hold out hope. But we should be otherwise prepared.
And, I know I'm not alone in this fear of dying thing. My brilliant writer friend, Amy Ferris, has documented her own Post-WEB MD spiral hilariously and poignantly HERE.
In fact, I remember a neurologist telling me that it's quite common with mothers . . . that overwhelming fear we develop that we will die and leave our children too soon.
In good humor, I've had many a facebook friend confirm their own, daily morbid fears.
I also know it's not mothers alone. My dear friend Jeff, a father of four, jokes about the goodbye videos he's made for his children, with every WEB MD self-diagnosis he's made. In fact, he's made me promise to keep them, and dole them out year after year.
And, yes, I've agreed. Of course, of course, I have agreed.
Look, we laugh about it. We joke. But the truth is, we're all terrified.
We're all laughing through our fear and our tears.
In the middle of the night, I woke up hurting, all dizzy and reeling too. This has happened on occasion, too, over the past two years.
So, I've called the doctor and made an appointment. Hopefully, she'll tell me it's all nothing but age and fear and dry skin. The good old process of "getting old."
And, if that's what she says, I swear -- I mean, pinky promise, girl scout's honor, signed in blood -- it's the last time I'll google WEB MD.