About a year ago, I noticed a small blister forming on the mouth of my woman. When I told her about it, she flipped out, running to the bathroom to take a look.
“A fucking cold sore!”
“A cold sore? What’s that?”
“I get cold sores. My mother passed them on to me as a child. When she would breakout she would purposely kiss me and do her best to pass them on, making sure to share her misery and to pass it down in generation.”
“You’re kidding? Well so now what?”
We head to the store and get something called ‘Abreva’. Abreva reminds me of this stuff I had used as a child to burn a wart off my finger, except this time the glob of white gluey shit is stuck on the poor person’s face. My poor woman. For two weeks she didn’t even get out of bed. Finally, she healed and we went on about our lives. It was a hard time for both of us, to be honest – her hiding her face and me unable to really do anything to help her.
A month or so later I was in the shower and I noticed this painful itching on my lip. It reminded me of how it feels to knick oneself when shaving and so I ignored it. A few hours later I felt like I had something comparable to acne forming in the same place and so I, of course, starting manipulating my lip and doing what I could to sort of ‘move things along.’
“Don’t do that!”
“Why not? I’m not going to walk around with this thing on my lip.”
“It’s not acne. It’s a cold sore, I just know it.”
Sure enough, the next day a blister erupts on my face. Not just a little one, either, but a HUGE blister which divides into another HUGE blister. So for the next two weeks I walk around with this big fucking sore on my face.
So now I understand. When I see the bewildered look on the face of some poor soul, accompanied by a shining cluster of herpes on their face, I feel their pain. I’d gone twenty-nine years without catching this disease, a disease of which apparently almost 85% of the population carries (and 50% of whom never show symptoms.) While no one is really sure as to why a herpes outbreak can occur, some have been associated with stress, surgery, and even menstruation (hey, at least I’m safe there.)
A few months after my own blisters had healed, my woman is freaking out about the same tingling sensation in her jaw muscles (apparently the virus lives in there somewhere.) Dealing with an outbreak is such a fucking miserable time and experience for us both, especially being prone to depression, that something has got to be done other than just waiting it out. Rather than slap that same old worthless Abreva shit on her lip, I head to the store to see what else is there. Not much, in fact, almost nothing. I head to another store, and then another. Finally, at ole Freddy Meyers, I find a box of ‘Releev’ that claims to treat cold sores in one day. It’s about $25 for this little tube and so I buy it (hell, if it was $100 I probably would’ve bought the damn thing.)
At home she starts applying this Releev. Releev is a product of ViraMedx and basically contains a solution of %.13 Benzalkonium Chloride (an Organic Chloride Salt) and water. It definitely has mixed reviews and is somewhat expensive, but so far, at least in our case, this shit works and works well. My woman has zero blisters and hasn’t since we found it, and neither have I.
Why the fuck am I going on about my herpes? Because with my Interferon and Ribavirin treatment came an outbreak (or an attempted outbreak.) The little fucking bastards tried to get me again and I used the fucking hell out of this Releev stuff and got rid of them. I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it is not to have to deal with two weeks of blisters on my face. When I read through the reviews online, it looks like this shit helps out anyone if they can get it on their face before the blister forms. So far, in our case, this has proved to be true.
So I’m basically being a Releev advocate here. If there’s one thing that’s common among Junkies, it’s social disease. (Hey, we can’t help it, it comes along with the trade.)
That’s it. That’s all. I’m just so happy about not having herpes on my face that I thought I’d share my little disease experience with everyone….