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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Necrobiosis Lipoidica AKA WHY I HATE MOSQUITOES

 I have a skin condition called Necrobiosis Lipoidica.  Normally only people with diabetes get this condition, but I have to be the strange one.  I believe the reason I have it is because of a lack of a healthy immune system.

So, in honor of all the people who come to da Yoop and complain about mosquitoes, I want to show you what being bitten by a mosquito does to me...it ain't purdy.  I have been stung by bees, bitten by black flies/noseeums, deer flies and I don't have this reaction...thank goodness.  It just seems to be moquitoes and anyplace I have had stitches.

This is what I'm talking about...


WELL, FOR WHATEVER REASON THE PHOTO WON'T POST HERE SO I WILL POST IT ON MY FB PAGE AT https://www.facebook.com/cathy.clementz


Necrobiosis lipoidica is a disorder of collagen degeneration with a granulomatous response, thickening of blood vessel walls, and fat deposition. The main complication of the disease is ulceration, usually occurring after trauma. Infections can occur but are uncommon. There have been rare reported cases of squamous cell carcinomas developing in chronic lesions of necrobiosis lipoidica.
The condition was first described in 1929, by Oppehhein, who called it dermatitis atrophicans lipoidica diabetica; in 1932, however, the disease was renamed necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD), by Urbach.
In 1935, Goldsmith reported the first case in a nondiabetic patient. Other cases of necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum in nondiabetic patients were described by Meischer and Leder, in 1948. Rollins and Winkelmann, in 1960, also described this condition in nondiabetic patients, and a renaming of the disorder was suggested to exclude diabetes from the title. Today, the term necrobiosis lipoidica is used to encompass all patients with the same clinical lesions, regardless of whether or not diabetes is present. 

Treatment for necrobiosis lipoidica is not very satisfactory. The disease is typically chronic with variable progression and scarring. Squamous cell cancers have been reported in older lesions of necrobiosis lipoidica related to previous trauma and ulceration.


From a cosmetic standpoint, the prognosis of necrobiosis lipoidica is poor. Treatment is helpful in halting the expansion of individual lesions, which tend to run a chronic course. Lesional ulcerations can cause significant morbidity, requiring prolonged wound care. These ulcerations can be painful, become infected, and heal with scarring. 

In most patients, the lesions of necrobiosis lipoidica are multiple and bilateral. The lesions may become painless because of cutaneous nerve damage (75% of cases), or they may be extremely painful (25% of cases). 

For me, other than it looking really ugly the pain can be severe when one of these "spots" is accidentally scratched or something "rubs it the wrong way".  There is no way to describe the pain.  It can last from a matter of seconds to what seems like an eternity, but is most likely only a minute or two.  So I am very careful about not rubbing or accidentally scratching the area.  They don't itch, thankfully, but even when showering I have to be careful with my "net ball" thingy.

So you can see why trying to avoid mosquitoes is extremely important to me and I tend to lose patience with people who "can't handle the mosquitoes".  I currently have two bites on my face and I am PRAYING that they don't turn into one of these ugly things.  I have several on the back of my neck, under the hairline and a couple close to my right ear.  Only time will tell what will come of those.  I hope you will go to the FB page and check out the photo.  If you DO check it out, you will notice I have "hide" for skin...TOO MUCH TIME IN THE SUN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.  Thankfully the rest of my body doesn't look like that!

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