Too Gross?

Over the weekend Steve and I went down to Laguna Seca for Moto GP. It turned out to be a great race, with two people (Rossi and Stoner) neck and neck for the majority of the race. Then Stoner made a mistake with about 7 laps left and couldn’t catch up with Rossi again. They were so far ahead of everyone however, that Stoner still managed second place.

The event goes from Friday to Sunday. Friday and Saturday involve practicing and qualifying. And it happened on Saturday. I fell asleep in the sun. I had my hat covering the top half of my face, which left the bottom half, including my lips, to get sunburned.

The sunburn was painful, but nothing compared to what was next. Three days later (Tues) I woke up to a cold sore, and not a small one. Which brings us to the gross part… It covered most of my upper lip, and both corners of my mouth. Oh that sucks. But wait, the next day is even worse. The magnitude of cold sore coverage caused my entire upper lip to swell up like a balloon. Very large and very painful. I’ve NEVER had it this bad before. And I didn’t realize that exposure to the sun could cause an outbreak.

This brings me to my question. Is it too gross to post pictures? Do my readers (all three of you) want to see just how bad it is? I’ve been taking pictures every morning to chronicle this masterpiece of ugliness. Just so I can remember how bad it can be. And I don’t know if it’s too gross to share with you. So if you are curious, leave me some comments.

BTW, I searched for worst cold sore, and most of the pictures I found were nothing compared to this monstrosity.


  1. Mathew on July 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I was so totally going to ask to see pictures for the start of your post!

    I think you should post them. It is too gross, but it is like a car wreck, you don’t want to look, but then you do, and secretly hope to see a dead body.

  2. Ryan on July 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Let’s see ’em!! I click through from GReader in hopes you had picks that weren’t coming through.

    There’s prob someone out there that needs to feel comforted by knowing that someone else had a similar (horrible) experience.

    … comfort in numbers =)

  3. SAM on July 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Show the lips….It is good to know that I’m not the only one who can get messed up.In the future you can ask me to show my gross pictures,

  4. Diane on July 29, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Hi, it’s your auntie in Ohio, and I don’t believe you could EVER look ugly, so I’ll need evidence (which may provide me with a good laugh!!). I know, I’m rotten!! Love you!

    Aunt Di

  5. Nicole on August 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Steve doesn’t want me to post the pictures because I might end up unintentionally famous. (that’s how bad they are)

    Nice to see that I have more than 3 readers though!

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