The Leper from Boston

I checked in with my doctor this morning because, now that the rash is gone, I’m shedding. Seriously – I rub my torso and flakes of flesh fill the room like snow. It’s like Ally Sheedy’s dandruff snow storm from the Breakfast Club..except it’s my skin. Even worse, my hands are pealing like I soaked them in boiling water, developed blisters, and are now healing.


The doctor said it’s because my skin suffered major trauma from the rash and that it feels it needs to replace itself. So…I get to look forward to this continuing for the next week or so. Over the past week it’s been on my arms and shoulders. Then came the hands. And now it’s at my elbows and just starting on my legs. I guarantee there will be a 1/2 inch layer of dead skin under my seat when I disembark the plane after 7 hours tomorrow.

Oh, and I packed last night and it all didn’t fit. I’m going to have to SERIOUSLY reconsider what I constitute as necessities. I’ve already taken people’s advice about the electric toothbrush and beard trimmer. Based on the uncertainty of where we’ll be going after the first week in Paris, I’m even more perplexed. Will we go south (more shorts weather) or west or north (cooler and damper)?

I’m thinking I’m not going to bring any “night” clothes. It’s not like I plan to go to any of the hippest clubs in the city. And the fact that I use the word “hip” clearly proves that I wouldn’t fit in anyway.

So, it looks like this just may be my last daily posting until early July. I’m planning on periodically blogging from Paris (and random other unknown destinations throughout Europe) over the next two and a half weeks. But I suspect the entries won’t be daily (though I’ll try to be frequent…so keep reading). I’ll even have photos (perhaps even of my lepresy, if you ask politely).



  1. Comment by Will on June 16, 2006 11:43 am

    I’m not anxious to see the remnants of your discomfort, just that you and Mike are having a really good time. Bon voyage, Karl!

  2. Comment by Sean on June 16, 2006 12:57 pm

    Karl- I hope you and Mike have a fantastic time! I’m jealous! (of the trip, not the shedding your skin like a snake thing)

  3. Comment by karyn on June 16, 2006 2:42 pm

    I used to love peeling my sunburns when I was little… sick, I know. I’m sorry you’re uncomfortable. Have a FABULOUS TIME!!! (I give you permission to suck it up, visit a post office and send me an effing postcard.) Be careful – I look forward to reading your EuroBlogs! Please oh please do write while you’re there! Mwah! XOXOXOX

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