While I have always been various shades of pale, most likely a direct outcome of being of a descendant of Vikings. But the latest paleness started with my hearty adventure.
Having problems with the heart has some strange effects on your complexion. I assume it is because the blood circulation through the main engine room is slightly degraded.
Shortly after my incident in October, and when I started heart and blood pressure medication, my face started to go extremely pale. We are talking white flour pale, despite trying to stay active and despite going for walks outside. I just went pale.
I developed dark circles around the eyes. When looking in the mirror I could see these dark circles and the paleness made me look like a ghost or some haunting demon waiting for my prey.
A friend of mine, who had a heart attack 2 years ago, also mentioned to about the paleness. He jokingly said
“welcome to the club of pale riders!”.
Some people would look twice at me when I was out grocery shopping, and I swear a few even gasped in horror and pulled their kids away from imminent fear. Yes, I’m exaggerating slightly, but I was very pale. You get the picture.
Nevertheless, for the past few months, I have apparently gone from pale rider to somewhat normal complexion of a ginger Scandinavian dude. Several people have commented lately that I’ve gotten my color back. Even my doctors were happy to see my complexion coming back as I was improving health wise.
So, as you start to recover, your skin and face will get the coloring back. It is a very good sign that your body and system, is recovering. Don’t be afraid or worried about getting pale. It is part of the process 🙂