Friday, November 21, 2008

Physical manifestations of stress

Today, I realized that I have given myself a fever blister. Normally, I only get them very rarely, if I have been in the sun too long without sunblock on my lips, or if I actually have a fever.

Well, not anymore. Today one just popped up to say hello, probably to be like, "yes, this is how your life could be worse."

I have let myself seriously go the last few weeks. I haven't exercised, put on much makeup, or given a general rat's ass about my appearance. It occurred to me today that when I have a real job, this will not be acceptable, as doing all the above when working on my couch at home is ok but probably not in a workplace.

Anyway. Abreva better work. The last thing I want is to show up for Thanksgiving with the in-laws with a honkin' blister on my lip.


Eugenie said...

Awww I'm sorry about the blister! That sucks!

I have chronic uticaria and usually when I'm really stressed I break out into some serious hives (more like wheals). Last year I got so stressed out an old heart condition "came back" and I was having all sorts of crazy heart palpatations that I hadn't had for at least 5 years...

The lab pixie said...

You have all my sympathies. I've been battling eczema for the last few months. Even my doctor is resigned to the fact that it won't really go away until I submit.

Hope the blister's going down.

Ambivalent Academic said...

Oh Phiz - sorry, that sucks.

That happens to me occasionally when I'm really stressed out. I nearly popped another blister when I found out how much that TINY little tube of Abreva costs. Grrr. In my case, I'm not sure that it cleared things up any faster, but I sure hope it works for you. Hang in there.

microbiologist xx said...

Ugggh. That sucks out loud. Stupid HSV.

Silver Fox said...

The Abreva has helped mine when they come from the sun (or stress) - it helps to start right away as soon as you feel something, and you don't have to put much on at once. My little tube has lasted a long time.

Hope it's better by TG!

PhizzleDizzle said...

Thanks everyone - why do we do this to ourselves? Eczema, uticaria, HSV, seriously...this life is screwy sometimes.

Abreva seems to be helping as I put it on the MOMENT I felt something...we shall see.