THE MYSTERY OF---ME.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about myself until-- the day I applied for a passport.
Fingerprints are a requirement for any passport. It was only after multiple technicians kept trying to fingerprint me---unsuccessfully---I learned a shocking fact: my fingerprints were missing.
After running a series of tests--medical doctors finally diagnosed me with an extremely-rare disease called: Adermatoglyphia. The disease has one defining symptom: any person affected by this mostly-unknown disease doesn’t have fingerprints.
The disease doesn’t cause pain or chronic illness, but is TOTALLY incurable. There are only four--documented families—worldwide--- who are known to have Adermatoglyphia. And then--- there’s me.
When my diagnosis was delivered by a distinguished board of medical doctors in Houston, Texas-- they all agreed I was born with the disease. Several fingertips show a few tiny wrinkles but--for the most part--every tip is round and smooth. I’ve had multiple tests, screenings, exams, and been told--I'm not only missing fingerprints--I also have no toe prints. Without toe prints, my identity can’t be placed in any data bank. Sounds like a great way to be a Bank Robber and never get caught.
Just think: I lived “more than a few years” without knowing I had an extremely-rare disease. All Those Years and I had no idea I AM---actually—A RARE ODDITY!
As the old saying goes---IGNORANCE IS BLISS.