When I used to get really bad outbreaks all the time, I would often avoid going out.
Like the plague.
Or rather, the stares people gave me was pretty much as if I actually had the plague.
And so, be it with friends of family I’d make up some BS excuse to stay inside and avoid the stares of random people.
Now if my friends called me on the phone to propose a social activity, it didn’t matter what excuse I came up with.
I could lie my zitty white butt off all day long and no one would be the wiser.
But sometimes friends would show up to my place, hang out and then later propose an activity.
And in my pain and anguish I’d obviously decline, and then they’d ask “why?”
So I’d say: “Well because I’ve got a big nasty cold sore on my face. Isn’T that obvious?”
To which they’d reply: “So? What’s the big deal? It’s JUST a cold sore…”
I’m going to venture a guess and say that anybody who’s ever dealt with recurring cold sores would never say “it’s just a cold sore”.
These bastards hurt and burn like hell!
Plus, they make me look like I’m going through the early stages of leprosy and you want me to go out and… MEET PEOPLE!?
People who don’t get cold sores, just… don’t… get it.
It’s like you just got branded with a hot cattle iron except of it being on your ass, it dead smack on your face.
People act like they’re ignoring it, but in reality they know who your ass belongs to.
Funny, it reminds me how this one time when I had a particularly nasty cold sore and people asked me what happened to my face, I told them that I accidentally burned myself.
And I think they bought it!
It was actually big enough to plausibly pass off as a burn.
But that’s a story for another time.
Suffice it to say that if you get recurrent outbreaks all the dame time, you may as well be branded as a herpes carrier.
Sure the outbreak goes away eventually.
But when it comes back every couple of weeks, it may as well never leave, because it wouldn’t really make much of a difference.
You may as well be branded for real.
Thankfully those days are behind me.
I got my ducks in a row and my diet in check and almost never get outbreaks any more.
If that’s something you want, quit messing around and go read Cold Sore Control ASAP:
And put your iron away, where it belongs.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller