Puss in Boots (Shrek)

Puss in Boots (Shrek) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Borrelia, this post was inspired by guest columnist Toni Bernhard of Psychology Today, specifically by part two of her article “What Those with Chronic Pain or Illness DON’T Want to Hear You Say“.  As Toni prefaced in part one,  the purpose of her piece was not to make fun of those whose comments are off the mark (because most people have good intentions), but rather to make those with health difficulties feel less alone and to help friends, family or others understand how some of their comments may be perceived. The article shares examples of comments that a friend, family member, coworker or fellow worshiper made to a person with chronic disease, followed by the thoughts and feelings of that person with chronic disease in response.

I laughed and nodded at the examples she gave, and could very much relate. So it inspired me to come up with my own sets of examples, but with my own spin. Interactions between what I will call a P.U.S.S. (Poor Un-Suspecting Soul) and the lymewhisperer (LW), just for hoots. Because the P.U.S.S. in the examples below is simply making ordinary life observations–not making comments related to chronic diseae–and would have had no reason to expect the sarcasm of the lymewhisperer. And because the sarcastic humor of the lyme whisperer isn’t reserved just for you, Borrelia!

P.U.S.S: My foot fell asleep for three minutes!

LW: My foot fell asleep for three years.

P.U.S.S: Wow! That ride made me dizzy!

LW: Being awake makes ME dizzy.

P.U.S.S: I have a photographic memory!

LW: Memory…memory….I forgot what that means??

P.U.S.S: Wow, I can’t believe how much these turnpike tolls cost.

LW: Wow, I can believe how much the toll of lyme disease costs…let’ see, doctors visits, antibiotic, probiotics, dark circle eye cream…

P.U.S.S: I’m so tired.

LW: I’m so tired of being tired of being tired.

P.U.S.S: I need a sugar fix.

LW: I need a body fix.

P.U.S.S: Top of the mornin’ to ya!

LW: Actually, mornings are rock bottom.

P.U.S.S: Man, I really hate being in the lime light!

LW: Man, (long pause)…. I really hate being in the lyme light…


So there you have it, Borrelia! A creative little exchange with me and a P.U.S.S….just for hoots!!