what it is to really be blue.

I was born blue.  There are no pictures, but I have been told.   They, that is, my Mom says that I was breech.  I came out feet first.  And the cord may have been wrapped around my neck…  Years later…i passed out one day and had to wear a halter monitor for 24 hours  with the concluding diagnosis of Wolf Parkinson White syndrome- a slight congenital heart defect that is only an issue when…if i ever have a child.


Argyria (ISV from Greek: ἄργυρος argyros silver + -ia) is a condition caused by improper exposure to chemical forms of the element silver, silver dust, or silver compounds.[1] The most dramatic symptom of argyria is that the skin becomes blue or bluish-grey colored. Argyria may be found as generalized argyria or local argyria.

Since at least the early part of the 20th century, doctors have known that silver or silver compounds can cause some areas of the skin and other body tissues to turn gray or blue-gray. Argyria occurs in people who ingest or inhale silver in large quantities over a long period (several months to many years).

People who work in factories that manufacture silver can also breathe in silver or its compounds. In the past, some of these workers have become argyric. However, the level of silver in the air and the length of exposure that caused argyria in these workers is not known. Historically,colloidal silver, a liquid suspension of microscopic silver particles, was also used as an internal medication to treat a variety of diseases. In the 1940s they were discontinued due to both the development of safe and effective modern antibiotics and concern about argyria and other side effects of silver products.[18][19]

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Vishnu Hindu God Mural, India

Methemoglobinemia is a disorder characterized by the presence of a higher than normal level of methemoglobin (metHb) in the blood. Methemoglobin is an oxidized form of hemoglobin that has almost no affinity for oxygen, resulting in almost no oxygen delivery to the tissues. When its concentration is elevated in red blood cellstissue hypoxia can occur.

The Fugates, a family that lived in the hills of Kentucky, are the most famous example of this hereditary genetic error. Known as the Blue Fugates, MartinFugate, settled near Hazard, Kentucky, circa 1800. His wife was a carrier of the recessive methemoglobinemia (met-H)gene, as was a nearby clan with whom the Fugates intermarried. As a result, many descendants of the Fugates were born with met-H.[7]

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see also: http://www.nclark.net/BluePeopleofTroublesomeCreek.html

I was born blue.  There are no pictures, but I have been told.