The other day I was wearing a tank-top that exposes my shoulders and upper chest, which are still somewhat pale. (I tan really easily, and almost every summer I get a righteous farmer tan before I know what’s going on.) My husband mentioned the other day that I had a lot of visible blue blood vessels. “Oh,” I said,“I guess I just need a better tan.” He dropped the subject.
Er, well, it turns out, no.
Today I caught a glimpse of the undersides of my forearms in the bathroom mirror and HOLY FREAKING COW. I have this totally huge network of bright blue blood vessels, very, VERY visible, even on my rather browned forearms.
WHAT THE HELL.
They don’t pop out or anything and they aren’t spidery or bruisy or purple-looking, so it’s not vericose veins (I think!). They’re just extremly extremely bright blue and huge and obvious. I guess I’ve noticed blue blood vessels on the backs of my hands for a while, but I veiny hands seemed more normal.
My mind is racing.
How long has this been going on?
Have they always been that way, and I’ve been going through life with bright blue blood vessels and I never noticed? Is this just some new stupid thing I can’t change about my appearance but will be unable to stop obsessing about?
Is it a sign of heavy-metal poisoning or some other dread thing?!
I’ve lost weight lately . . . Has losing some of my subcutaneous fat brought the blood vessels closer to the surface?
If so will it get better as my body re-equlibrates?
Or if I keep losing weight, WILL IT GET WORSE???
Am I going to slowly transform into the Visible Woman? Will anatomy students follow me around, identifiying my tendons and major nerves?
Is it just a natural symptom of getting old?
HOW HAVE I NOT NOTICED THIS?
Have OTHER PEOPLE been noticing this? Do they think of me as “That lady with the gross blue veins”? Do I frighten small children?
How come my friends and DEAR HUSBAND never noticed this? Or more to the point, how come they never said anything? “Hey, Pod, you kinda got an Emperor-Palpatine, Brog-Queen kinda thing going on with your veins, there.” Is this too much to ask?
What an unfortunate discovery. Ignorance was bliss.