Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I'm Gonna Lie

So, now you all have fair warning. I'm gonna tell a lie for the rest of the day, into the evening.

I guess it's been a ton of stress that caused it - and I'm going to share the truth with YOU, the faithful stranger on the 'net - I have a growth. You can forget the photo, 'cuz it's not gonna happen. Basically, I have a THING on my chin - to the left of my bottom lip. What looks like the beginnings of an "innie-zit," know what I mean? Those zits that don't really come up to the surface? But you can feel them there - like the stranger in the dark, lurking around, ready to of THOSE. A non-approachable, non-squeezable, can't-find-the-point-of-release zit.

Only I don't think it's a zit anymore. Usually, a zit won't make your entire chin feel like it's been pumped with Novacaine, or make the lip that is at LEAST an inch above it swell, giving you a lop-sided smile. I HAVE had the occasional throbbing zit, but this thing is like a facial fetus with it's own heartbeat.

I've been told, "It's a boil." I've been told, "It's a cyst." And I live in the South, so I've been told to put every imaginable pultice (poultice?) on the thing, even a remedy including urine that IS NOT MY OWN. Not gonna happen.

The Nurse/Husband/Father of My Child is concerned, but his treatments include lots of antibiotics, epsom salts and hydrogen peroxide. That just gave the "non-zit" lots of little nasty white things on top, but still nothing poppable.

I woke up thinking it would be better this morning, but alas, I have Quasimodo-lip. So I'm gonna lie, b/c I have to stand in front of a college class and teach tonight. Who wants an instructor with a BOIL, or a CYST or even a ZIT???? YUCK!'s a spider bite. Pass it on.


Swampwitch said...

My suggestion is make an appointment with your dermatologist.
If you don't have one, have your primary care physician refer you to one. It's probably nothing to worry about, but at least you would know what it is and what to do about it. It's the unknown that scares me the most. Just tell me what it is and I'll deal with it . . .

willowtree said...

I'm with swampy. I had one exactly the same as you describe and it turned out to be a Basal cell carcinoma.

Swampwitch said...

OK, my mom instincts kick in and I get this worry-wart thing going on in my head. I haven't seen any of your posts lately, and because of your last story, I'm just wondering where you are. Hope everything in ok.

Tiggerlane said...

Doing much better, thanks swampwitch!!!

It is a zit, albeit a very DEEP one.

Finally got permission from the husband to poke around with a needle, pop, and squish. Disappointing, that in not much came out except clear fluid. But, thankfully, with antibiotics, lots of acne cleanser, a teabag placed over it, it is well on it's way to a full mend.

Thanks so much for your concern!

Swampwitch said...

My mamma (grandmother) had lots of remedies for all kinds of of them being to put fatty part of bacon (it's all fat to me) on a zit to "draw it to the surface"...consequently during my adolescence my name could have been Bacon Face.

ChrisB said...

I wasn't even blogging when you first wrote this post. Everyone has a 'pet' remedy for such things!! But what happened in front of the class did you feel them all concentrating on your chin instead of your words of wisdom or did they try hard not to notice!! Probably you were the only one aware of it anyway!!