Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Little Things

"Right hand drawing left hand, drawn with right hand" ink & pencil, 5x7, copyright Erin Rogers Pickering

I started wearing nail polish in the 7th grade. A woman on our street worked for a cosmetic company and gave me dozens of sample bottles. I loved it - another dimension in painting. And I loved the color sparkling at the tips of my fingers. It was not allowed at school so it was my weekend decoration only.

From High School on I was never without nail polish. I had long strong nails and loved the color accent. Most people who knew me had never seen me without it. It was my signature.

About 7 years ago I started noticing problems with my nails... Splitting, cracking, ridges, white spots, and the top layer appeared to be peeling off.  My dermatologist diagnosed psoriasis (along with patches on my face and arms) and said there was no cure. Oh - and to stop wearing polish. Two weeks layer my husband proposed and everyone I knew was checking out my ring - and my un-manicured hands.

Flash forward... A year after sticking strictly to my gluten-free diet my nails are all the same length, no spots, no ridges, no cracking, peeling or splitting… As strong as they used to be. (and my skin is clear)  I did my nails last night for the first time in years and I feel like that little girl again with color dancing at the tips of my fingers.

Sometimes, it’s the little things…

8 comments:

Lynn said...

I am a big fan of manicures/pedicures and fortunately in Brooklyn nail salons are very inexpensive. There are also pricey places but I have not had any problems with the salons I use. This is one luxury I will not give up so I can relate to your pleasure.

Amy said...

I'm so glad you are able to enjoy this simple pleasure again!

KnockKnocking said...

What a fun picture, btw!

a kelly said...

I am constantly amazed by the wonderful benefits of being gluten free. Wonderful!
I just did my nails and it always makes me feel good!

erin rogers pickering said...

Lovely comments everyone- thanks!! It's 2 weeks now back in nailpolish & every compliment I get on my nails is extra special... my reminder that it's working!

Sandy Lipten said...

Erin,
Found you via a post you made on the celiac.com forum a couple of months ago and I wanted to ask you a question -- but first let me say I've enjoyed reading your blog just now and I love your art. And our medical histories are nearly identical, including the broken ankle!

Now, the question -- did your bilirubin go down, when you mentioned that you were wondering if it would? I'm just starting to check out this celiac thing, and since my always tired dad, son, and I also have "Gilbert's" along with many other celiac symptoms, I'm interested in this connection.

If you're willing, you can answer here or e-mail me at sandylipten -- at === yahoo or just post a follow up to your post at http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=56137 (the folks who read there would be glad to know, prob).
Thanks, and hope you're doing well.
Cheers!
--Sandy

Linda said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know I'm having a gluten-free cookbook giveaway through Monday.

Mary Anne Gruen said...

What a wonderful story! So glad you've got your trademark back.

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