On the list of topics for my blog, I’d have to say that my upper lip has not always been high up there. But since it’s about three times its normal size right now, it’s kind of the center of my attention.
This isn’t the first time this has happened; December and January saw some inflating, though not quite as impressive as today’s. The first time, I was picking up groceries at a local drop for a Wholeshare group I belong to and then taking the dogs for a walk. I popped a mint into my mouth, and it seemed that within seconds, it felt like a knot formed at the center of my lip and then the left side swelled up. I thought it might be the mint, so I stayed away from them, and then a few days later, the same thing happened. This time there was a variation, and the right side of the lip swelled. A few weeks later, the whole lip. Still no mints, so I decided that wasn’t it and started eating them again.
I went through the rest of January, all of February, and nine days in March without it happening, so I was surprised when I felt that knot forming again this morning. It happened right after licking the spoon I used to measure out walnut oil into my salad dressing, so maybe it’s walnuts? I can’t remember if I had been eating them the first few times. I hope it’s not that. Think of all those plant-based omega-3’s I’ll miss out on if I’m allergic to walnuts! (Of course, that’s my first concern. It has nothing to do with all of the brownies with walnuts that I’ll have to miss out on…)
As far as allergic reactions go–or whatever this is; I’m not convinced it’s an allergy–this doesn’t seem too bad. It’s not painful, just mildly uncomfortable. The worst part is having to go out in public, but given the fact that a lot of the public seems hell-bent on nominating The-Toupee-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named for president, I might not mind interacting with them a bit less right now. The swelling lasts less than 24 hours, and an enforced day at home…well, the punishment doesn’t seem so bad.
Wouldn’t you know, though? This doozy (it’s the worst one so far) happened the same day that I get to see my husband for the first time in almost two weeks. Oh well, some women pay for lips like this, right? I can tell him I’m testing it out before I pay to get both of them done.