Sunday, August 19, 2007

Who envies Angelina Jolie?

So, our little family went for an incredibly short vacation to Sea World this last week. We did pack sunscreen, but forgot it at our hotel. We thought about buying some while we were at the park, but I was certain we wouldn't need it since we live in The Valley of the Sun!!!

Apparently my confidence was not justified because on Friday night, while we were eating dinner at the Hamblin's house, my lip started to tingle. I know this tingly sensation very well because I have had a cold sore a couple of times before. I don't get them very often, the first time in my life was after our wedding. The stress did me in. I made it 23 years without a sign of one and poof! on the flight to our honeymoon vacation it reared its ugly head (ha, ha)!

As soon as we got home from dinner, I ran for the medicine cabinet to slather on the abreva which helped before. The next day I religiously reapplied the stuff and tried my best to not touch my lips or allow my lips to touch my little kiddos. Which as a sidenote I'm realizing how much I love to kiss my kids. I hate not being able to kiss them.

Now, those of you who know me realize that I have lips that are uber-plump. Don't ask me where this incredible gene came from. Just luck I guess. My mom's lips are bigger, but let's just say that my lips have always been a BIG part of my life! So when I tell you that my upper lip is double the size it normally is, you can only imagine how bad it is. Not only is my lip completely swollen, but it has that crusty cold sore grossness on top of it. I have avoided being seen in public as much as possible.

Last night I went to sleep dreading the idea of going to church looking such a disgusting mess. Derek was hopeful that the swelling would go down. When I woke-up this morning, I ran to the bathroom mirror and peered in only to discover my lip had swollen even bigger!!!!! It was at this point I determined I was no longer dealing with a cold sore, this was some war being waged on my lip. Realizing that it had only been two days of swelling and I was almost to the point that you reach at the dentist where you know that saliva is drooling out of your mouth, but you're unable to stop it, I determined a trip to urgent care was in my very near future.

I was greeted with the looks I expected at the Urgent Care facility. My doctor looked to be Jewish, he had a long beard, but no skull cap. He was great, very knowledgable and very concerned that I didn't take anything that would hurt Owen. When I was walking out of the door at the facility, I heard this comment, "Did you see her lips!!??" and I don't think it was said in envy.

So, now I'm taking an antibiotic for the bacterial infection that I apparently have as well as some steroids to return my lip to its normal, which is big anyway, size.


Lara said...

AHHHH! That hurts me to look at it.

You know that once you get a cold sore, it is there forever in the same place just waiting to come out again.

I have had them on my nose since I was about 7. Gross. And they would show up every finals week in college, and still whenever I get stressed.

Hope your lip is back to normal.

Ryan & Rischel said...

I feel your pain. I get cold sores ALL of the time. Funerals,class pictures, family pictures, when it's cold, when it's warm,stress. I once had a dream that I had to have people carry my cold sore behind me. Hope it gets better.!!!

Tina said...

Yikes! I can hardly believe that picture is of you. I get them also (usually from stress), although not since I was in college. can going to college be less stressful than raising three kids?

Crazymamaof6 said...

holy not fun! you poor thing! and i hope you took a day to avoid the stares of other people from church! what is not a good time and i can imagine the pain of that! hope it is all better soon, if not already!

Lacey said...

Holy Moly! I can't believe your lip!! Now wonder I haven't seen you in forever! Hope it's better since the doctor's visit and anti-biotics!

brooke said...

I am sorry, but I can't decide whether to laugh or to cry!

I do know how they feel, so I hope you are feeling better soon and able to kiss those cute kids!

wackywilsons said...

Wow!! Thanks for sharing that intimate experience...I will say that I have always thought that bigger lips were always so pretty with lip gloss, but for sure yours take first prize:)

Kelli said...

Holy Cow!! It looks like you got in a fight, I would hate to see the other guy!!