Okay I realize this not the most flattering picture of my chin but for posterity sake I am inclined to blog about it.
Initially I explained the symptoms to my favorite Nurse Practitioner who suggested it could be Shingles. When I went to see her the next day the diagnosis of Herpes Zoster aka Shingles was ruled out. It is more likely another Herpes relative (HSV 1) -- which is very different from it's floozy cousin (HSV 2) which I never want to get. Truthfully I hate referring to anything on my body as Herpes anything even though that is official medical terminology. In laymans terms I have a monster cold sore, which fortunately there is good medicine for.
That's my story... and I'm sticking to it -- stuck in my domicile at least until my face clears up sufficiently to be seen in public. FAQ's to follow:
Yes -- it hurts and itches and oozes.
No -- I am not sharing drinks or kisses with anyone -- I don't care how many times they ask.
Yes -- I wash my hands a million times a day -- I'm not sharing this with any of my friends.
and No -- I have no idea how I got this since I have the most stress free life ever.