The saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
How about a little case study in twice-foolery?
So, you’ve broken out in a rash after using a chemical on your skin (various T.S.K.’s include: Clorox, red hair dye, blue tattoo dye, green mascara). You went to see a doctor, who gave you steroids and other good “make-the-bad-rash-stop!” stuff, and you got better.
And then later (sometimes the next day, sometimes in a few months) you intentionally put the chemical on your skin again… and SURPRISE, you got the rash again. In fact, this time you got the New and Improved rash, now with extra hives, prolonged itching action, and a state-of-the-art stubborness that takes longer to go away!
And so you writhe your way in to see the urgent care doctor, and you weave a tale of this mysterious rash which has erupted “out of nowhere” — you are totally at a loss to explain this horrible occurence. Like Job from the Bible, you bemoan the fates which have cursed you with this plague of itchy bumps and cry out for relief. And I ask you, “Has this ever happened to you before when you used this chemical?” and for an eternal moment, you stop scratching and then mumble, “Well…”
(then I confiscate your License to Own and Operate Skin and sentence you to 5-15 days of steroids without chance of parole)
T.S.K. (tm) “True Story, Kiddos!”