Just too sensitive.

@thea09 (18316)
Greece
November 30, 2009 6:36am CST
Well wouldn't you be if everyone was about to assume you'd received a punch on the chin. I have what looks like a tough right hander on my jaw line today, but no one has laid a finger on me. I don't really know how it happened as the Greek shaved before we met but neverthless I appear to have had my sensitive skin rubbed away with a bit of stubble burn. Guilty of too much kissing granted but this hasn't happened before. The skin has gone and is raw and painful and now looks bruised. Luckily the Greek didn't have any Windex to hand to spray on me but I found a tube of what appears to be Greek nappy rash cream which is taking the burn away. Makeup won't do as a cover as it may infect the skin. And I have to go out shortly and will thus will be the subject of gossip and speculation as to who has tried to injure me. So reveal all, accidental black eyes, bruises which made you look as if you'd gone 5 rounds when you merely slightly knocked something. And men, do you think about the hazards you cause to us delicate and sensitive types with your big brutish ways?
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19 responses
@mysdianait (65079)
• Italy
30 Nov 09
I used the same stuff last time and it worked. It might even have been long after its expiry date but it did the trick. To the first one who asks what happened you can always respond with: "A lot of fun!" leaving them to work out which is your sort of fun
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi Mys, windex or nappy rash cream? I have no idea what a grown man is doing with that in his cabinet anyway except of course it's in mine now as the chemists are closed on Sundays. Ah, you've encountered the same problem, thank goodness it isn't just me. How many days can one expect me to discoloured then?
@mysdianait (65079)
• Italy
30 Nov 09
Nappy rash cream. I used to have a small child here in the afternoons and it was still here from those times. How long will it last depends on whether you get into any more 'fights' before it has completed healed. Or you could offer the other cheek I guess
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
It's got the best part of a week to heal but I don't want it going scabby, yuck. Rushes for more nappy rash cream......
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
30 Nov 09
Well, to be very honest, after reading this I thought : I do hope that you are not becoming allergic to him! I honestly cannot think of anything off the bat - really can't - I use to do things to him quite unintentionally - like running him over - little things like that. I"ll get back later if I can think of anything
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
30 Nov 09
@ antiquelady: No it wasn;t funny at the time - but it became funny shortly afterwards!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
I enjoyed it the first time you told me. I think I'd have developed an allergy before now Cynthiann so think I'm pretty safe there.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Ssssh Cynthiann, when Karen just asked for the nappy rash cream it reminded me of that other certain cream which will not be mentioned in one of my nice dicsussions but you know the one I mean. I passed a non gossipy chemist this evening and purchased a tube to see if it works on the laughter lines near my eyes. I will keep you informed but not trying out it out until bed time.
@jb78000 (15163)
30 Nov 09
easy answer to this dillema thea. scarf up to temporarily hide what may look like you were out picking fights last night, then go and really pick a fight (preferably with another woman of approximately the same size) and once you've exchanged a few punches in public nobody will suspect that your first bruise was already there
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Never been in a fight in my life rabbit or at the end of a fist, really not my style and amazingly it really is too hot for scarves at the moment.
@jb78000 (15163)
30 Nov 09
to honest i have never been in a fist fight either, how i managed this with siblings close in age i have absolutley no idea but there you go. now i do not join in the local hobby of getting steaming and going around picking fights with random strangers, mainly i have to say because i would almost certainly lose each time.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Well quite, someone could come along and sit on the likes of us and we'd be doomed to lose straight away.
• Australia
30 Nov 09
Hi Thea. I don't suppose you have any aloe vera growing in your garden? I keep aloe vera growing outside the front door for speedy access. Cut a tip off, peel back the skin and apply the jel - VERY speedy results. Aloe vera is exceptional for scalds and burns. That is my biggest problem in the kitchen (because of my stiff fingers) An application of aloe takes the sting out immediately and there is no blistering. If I don't use aloe, it stings like mad and a blister appears very quickly. Aloe is also great for cuts, sunburn and any skin problem. Before my sons insisted that I use top quality sharp knives I was always cutting my fingers. They insisted you only cut fingers with a blunt knife - and they were right. I haven't cut my fingers since using their gift of sharp knives. PS For the locals: put a sign round your neck - I had FUN. Are you jealous?
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Hi Cloud, my 'garden' is an overgrown olive grove and I've no idea what grows out there beneath the weeds, though on the lower terraces in the new year it is always full of beautiful wild flowers like poppies and orchids. The lanes around the house are full of wild herbs, smells most divine especially after rain. However I've no idea what aloe vera looks like unless it is in a tube, and if it is growing wild outside I've probably made a cup of tea out of it. I'm most sure they stock it at the local pharmico but as with other things purchased there it will cost at least ten times as much as in any other country, so I'll have to stick with the Greeks tube of nappy rash cream. I fear even mosturiser would be painful as it is now very tight and feels like sandpaper. My good friend here recommends passing something like a soft tennis ball from hand to hand to work on stiff fingers, and to exercise them by holding them together and stretching them.
• Australia
1 Dec 09
Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera - a medicinal plant
Thanks for the suggestions on the fingers Thea, but it won't work in my case. The bones have been removed from my fingers and replaced with silastic which does not bend - no matter what exercise. Aloe vera is a succulent. The jel inside is amazing.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
I'd no idea, but a good reminder to keep exercising mine. I've already got bits of metal in my neck and that's quite enough. Thank you for the photo, I haven't seen that one before, it most likely doesn't grow here. As for the locals you mention in your first response bah, fed up with the lot of them interfering. The Greek informed me tonight that his family in my village were on the phone to him first thing Monday morning knowing I'd been there. I maintain some gossip in his village is relaying this gossip to my village, but it's getting beyond tiring.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
30 Nov 09
What do u care what people think. how silly. i always heard when u play u pay just remember how u got it & enjoy the memories. it's nonone's buisness. If they are rude enough to ask about it, shock them & tell the truth & they'll probably think u are lying.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi Aunty, when one lives amongst a small community and ones every move is noted I know full well what to expect, if I appear with what appears to be a small but vivid bruise by midnight I will, on the gossip lines, be lying in the hospital having been the victim of some assault and a posse of fishermen will be out looking for the culprit. And believe me the said fisherman are rude enough to ask about anything.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
30 Nov 09
tELL THEM IT'S NONE OF THEIR BUISNESS & IT'S NOT. I can't stand nosy people.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
You would so love it over here then Aunty. I believe it is a small village mentality but also a Greek trait. Combined it is lethal.
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@sunny68 (1327)
• India
1 Dec 09
never heard of anything like that before. it seems that your skin is really very sensitive....you should take more care. i do not remember having any similar problem except once i had an accident when i got a swollen nose and lips. it did take a few days to heal but then i had the story of the accident to tell. i suggest you also get an eye band (pirate style) and pretend you thought it was a costume party....
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Hi sunny, you lead up to it and then don't tell the tale. Whatever happened to you? I don't quite think a bruise and an eye band would do anything more than draw more attention to my injury.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
3 Dec 09
'Whatever happened to you?'...........?? hope your bruise is okay by now...i am sure you must have had an eventful outing describing your bruise to everyone....
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
3 Dec 09
Only one person was rude enough to comment and then I gave the deadly eye.
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
1 Dec 09
I have my own tale to relate. Sometimes, when the razor is new, it is also a bit sharp on the edges. Hence, the blade is rather sharp. I have this inkling to shave with my heart's content and say I using the cologne and spritzing it around or something and ahem, keeping some clean, it will be so hurtful. I think I can even scream during this one moment; the stinging, oh wow!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
11 Dec 09
It's healed now and I'm up to the mountains this afternoon so his face will be getting a very close inspection before it comes anywhere near mine again. I should probably remove anything that is cologne like out of his cupboard and bring it home with me, it all seems to bear my sons name anyway.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
12 Dec 09
That sounds like good fun, Thea.. You are a very hardworking lady, yeah..I've noticed that.
@Louc74 (620)
1 Dec 09
Ouch, Thea! I use nappy rash cream for spots, and it's better than any expensive lotion or potion I've ever bought. When was younger, I had a mild allergy to cats. Bit wierd, considering now I own one! But it was only mild, unless a cat hair got anywhere near my eyes. I stayed over at a friends house one night after a night out, and her cat was used to sleeping in the spare room, so it jumped onto the bed. During the night, I must have got a hair in my eye, and I woke up rubbing it. I looked in he bathroom mirror, and my eye was like a golf ball! Almost swollen closed, and really red. I had to get a bus back to my own town, and I could NOT believe it when the biggest gossip of my age just happened to be on the bus. Of course, she started commiserating on my "black eye", and th more I tried to explain, the more she kept saying "It's ok - I won't tell anyone." Yeah, right. It was all over that I had been in a fictional fight, and ended up with a shiner. And my mother didn't believe me either, and wouldn't speak to me for two weeks because of the "shame". I wouldn't mind, but I've actually never been in a proper fight my whole life! Lol! I hope it heals quickly, Thea!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Hi Lou, you really use that stuff for other things? I'm still slapping it on as everything else is too strong, even the mosturiser has some kind of scent in it. I can't say it's working very well though. As to your cat eye I would have believed you at once. A friend over here had one of those from a mosquito bite and looked like quasimodo. Luckily as it was summer she could hide it behind sunglasses most of the time. Hers had only just gone when I got the same, upper and lower lids swollen completely together over my eye. I thought I looked like Frankensteins monster and didn't leave the house for 4 days, mind you I couldn't see properly to drive and the stuff they gave me at the clinic for the bite was an evil cortisone injection. Your mother wasn't very sympathetic to your plight I must say.
@Louc74 (620)
3 Dec 09
Yeah, the stuff I use is sudocrem, and it was a friend who had a child who told me to use it on spots years ago, so I went and bought a tub, and been using it ever since. Also on scratches or burns, becaue it's a healing cream, so it speeds up the skins own healing process. Ouch! That sounds worsethan my eye! But yeah, it's embarrassing. My mother just loved the drama, or any excuse to act the martyr. She was in her element! Lol!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
3 Dec 09
My son had baby excema on his knees and ankles and I used sudocrem for that, and a liquid in his bath water too. It disappeared totally when we moved here. Huge tubs of it I used to get through, really greasy.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Hello Thea. I currently have a curved burn on my arm from a cooking pot. I am teasing my boyfriend by telling his if anyone asks what it is and how it got there, I'm going to tell them he bit me, but forgot to put his top teeth in first.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi Karen, that sounds painful, I hope you can get it to go away without a scar. You might as well blame it on the boyfriend as it was probably his fault anyway even if he was somewhere else with his teeth in at the time. Shall I share my nappy rash cream with you?
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• United States
1 Dec 09
LOL, yes, please pass the nappy cream :)
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
@tdemex (3545)
• United States
30 Nov 09
It could be in a worse spot! At least you can walk, try Aloe Vera cream or natural is best! It works been there done that! tdemex
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Ah TD, at last a brutish man who admits he's been responsible for inflicting this type of pain on an innocent sensitive woman. I do hope you're going to be on hand in a minute as I need very sensitive help with a link. I'm about to post for help as eveyone says they are on their way out when I ask.
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@tdemex (3545)
• United States
30 Nov 09
I'll be around on and off! Innocent, sensitive? Those words are not in my vocabulary when it comes to women! LOL! tdemex
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Rabbit is trying to talk me through it now on pm. A man should always think of women as delicate creatures - don't tell me you're the sort who would expect them to lug their own sacks of olives around.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
1 Dec 09
LOL. That's too funny. At least you had your "accident" while enjoying the company of another. I used to have a black lab and I would always rough house with her. She usually got excited and would have my arm in her mouth as we played. While I was dating my now husband, I went to work after playing with the dog and I had a big bruise and teeth marks from where we had been playing. My boss's husband thought my boyfriend at the time, grabbed me and bruised me. They tried for two weeks to get me to go to counseling. They told me I just needed to admit it and move on. LOL I didn't have to stay with a guy like that. I almost told them my b*tch did it. LOL
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Funny mommaj, funny.My jaw looks like reddened sandpaper today. Great story, makes me wonder just how they big they thought your now husbands mouth was if you had teethmarks the size of a labrador mouth. It's funny though how people assume the worst like that though, counselling indeed. Saying that I used to work with a woman years ago who regularly had black eyes and we all thought her husband was beating her which she always denied, but then of course it was true. I don't think anyone would ever seriously think that anyone would ever hit me.
@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Hello my friend How are you, hope everything is going good, sounds like it lol Just keep using your cream and hopefully it will go away sooner rather than later, maybe he used a new aftershave or did he actually use the windex lol, what is that all about, I do remember you mentioning something about windex before but I can't remember, anywho use the cream and tell our friend to take it easy next time, we woman have really sensitive skin so there is no need to be rubbing all crazy and things lol Glad to know everything is going well for you my friend(besides this, you know what I mean) smoochessss
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi Kitty, you've been missed, but I bet you've had great fun being Grandma Kitty. Hope your daughter and the baby are doing well and letting you get a few uninterrupted nights. Windex was used as a cure all in the film 'My Big fat Greek Wedding' if you ever saw it, and I presumed it was just something they did in the film, but no, they reach for it in real life too as a general cure all. I'm just glad there wasn't any lying around.
@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Hello my friend Glad to know I was missed lol, You know its funny but my daughter does not bother me at all during the night, sometimes I wake up just to check and I find her feeding the baby, or just holding her but she never wakes me, I guess that is really cool, lets see how long it last lol I did see the movie but I don't remember that, its been a while need to see it again lol Hope it goes away really fast. Smoochessss
• United States
2 Dec 09
Hi Thea, I'm afraid that my last facial bruising was due to the airbag of my car (like the Lamb?)and it was a doozy. The impact gave me a large egg size lump on my forehead and two beautifully colored black eyes, first the dark dark purple which eventually lighten to lilac and then the greens settled before the yellowish tones. I was a virtual rainbow for almost 1 1/2 months, if not longer. At first glance, it was pretty obvious car accident, as the lump started to go down and the coloring started to lighten, it began to look more like I had joined a boxing club. Then the bruising began to be more on one eye and the boyfriend began getting the "look". He made me wear sunglasses. As that I am quite petite and he is over 6 feet tall, many people that saw us out in public gave him quite the "look" I tried make-up but it does not cover enough and my dad made me rub a hard boiled egg, as soon as its boiled but cool enough not to burn (take off shell) on the bruising and swore it would help. I'm not sure if it did but I did it anyway. I wasn't feeling any pain so after a bit I forgot that I was "injured looking" and wondered why I was stared at but would remember. I offered up explanations like, "You should see the other guy," and "I kissed my airbag," "I had a fight with a guard rail and I lost." So, I humored the gossip and made light and jokes but I felt the worst for my boyfriend as he was indeed the receiving end of many scowls.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
2 Dec 09
Hi Lina, I enjoyed your air bag tale. You must be a truly respectful daughter to follow the rubbing an egg on advice, it sounds completely ridiculous not to mention smelly. Just what is wrong with the Greek standy of windex? Has the rest of the world not come across this? That's a long time for a bruise to last though. I cannot imagine why for a moment that us small delicate types who happen to have large men would ever be thought of as the type to be harmed by them as naturally we make most wise choices. I haven't run into many people yet but the cafenion will be full tomorrow when I need to go down as everyone will be on an olive picking break as it's far too wet to carry on with them. I'm thinking of blaming the steering wheel.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
1 Dec 09
Hello, Thea. Well, we all know what you've been up to this weekend - good on you, girl! As it happens, I have a rather nice story about an accidental injury I suffered. Tony (or Basil, as you seem to prefer) and I were moving a futon, when I slipped and bashed my left jaw on the wooden arm. It hurt like hell at the time, and I had an enormous bruise next day. I've always bruised easily, by the way. I must be a sensitive, delicate flower as well. Well, my daughter was coming around, and I was dreading it, as she and Tony had got off to a rather rocky start. My ex, her father, had poured out a lot of poison, giving Tony a very bad press indeed, and of course, she believed a lot of it. Anyway, I thought let's confront this head on, so when she obviously asked what I'd done, I said, 'We had a row last night, and I lost,' and waited for the flak. To my amazement she came back with, 'I know he'd never do that to you - what really happened?' That was when I knew for sure she'd finally accepted my second, improved model husband. It sounds like nothing writing it out here, but it meant the world to me. Accidental injury tale Number 2 is more recent. Tony has his hands everywhere at night - not always in a loving sense! In October, we had visitors in Spain, which meant we were out nearly every night. One night, we went to bed, and his arm came across and he squeezed me just under the armpit so hard it woke me up and I yelled out. I thought no more of it, but the next evening, when we went out, I put on a really strappy top, as it was so hot. Somebody said, 'What have you been up to, then?' I looked in the bar mirror, and there was a bruise in the shape of a hand! Of course, I then remembered the previous night, but Tony had slept all through it, and he said 'I never did that!' Well, that bought out the wicked in me, and I asked all our male friends who were with us to lay their hand across my bruise. Cinderella with a twist, if you like! Of course, Tony's hand fitted perfectly, and much hilarity ensued. Only trouble was, I had to cover up for over a week until the bruise went, and it was the hottest October for 30 years in Spain!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Sandra my dear sensitive flower, how I empathise. That was a good way to find out that Basil had been accepted. The bruise I understand, I regularly have five fingerprints on a leg or some such place just from the most innocent of touches. Still it was A good job that Basils hand did fit, and not the hand of the local Spanish Romeo. I'm just back from the cafenion and true to form the avatar was there and getting worked up about 'who a a did thata thing to you, fuzzk im, I kills im'. I told him there was no need as I don't want him getting any more injuries as he's lined up to pick my olives when he's finished with his. He was most jealous too that I was getting my orange supply somewhere else for the marmalade and told me to go round for iz. He even wants a jar of it.
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
1 Dec 09
Perhaps he had used to some shaving lotion on his skin that you are allergic too. Did he have stubble rash, as this can cause irritation? You must have quite sensitive skin, and obviously something strong set off a reaction. You would need a cream with no perfume to help heal it and reduce the reaction. Yes, it can be embarrassing when we cant cover up these cosmetic problems.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Hi jenny, no stubble rash unless it was growing fast, he's very considerate like that. I do have very sensitive skin which is why I never sit in the sun, and the cream I brought back hasn't stopped it turning a more hideous colour than yesterday plus the addition of a rough sandpaper texture. I expect he'll be suitably racked with guilt when he sees it though.
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Nov 09
hi thea but at least it was not from something you did that you should not have done. he he. I wanted to hang some draperies in my dining room when we still had a house. the step ladder seemed too much of a deal to lug all over. so I put a chair on top of the end table that was next to the passthrough where I needed to hang the draperies. I knew I would have to move my contraption to get the other side but was doing okay'balanced on the chair . I was reaching out to get to the middle of the area and wouldn't you know the chair slipped, then did a nose dive and I did one with it. I had two nice big black shiners and huge bruises on my left leg so my hubby insistedon taking me to emergency room. well I did not even want anyone to see me but they x-rayed and chided me for my stupidity but no bones were broken, and my knee was only strained.I looked like I had been in an auto accident. My husband did not let me forget that I should have used the ]step ladder. I told him, did it ever occur to you that you could have done that for me. H e laughed at me.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Good story there Hatley apart from the bruises and the shiners of course. It reminds me of my friends mother who was left dangling from an olive tree when the three legged olive ladder tipped over. I don't like climbing up things which in my case usually is a kitchen stool to do a light bulb, probably because I have no trust in Greek furniture not to collapse under my weight. So I always wait until my son is there to hand me up and down, but it's still much easier just to get a man in. That's because the worry about climbing on the stool is made worse by the horrors of changing a light bulb.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Hi, thea09. I am very sorry about your chin. It sounds like you have a razor burn. You may need to use cream for this that targets sensitive skin. I know many people that bruise easily due to their skin being very sensitive. I don't like getting any scratches or bruises. Sometimes, I feel like it is the end of the world! But, I later deal with it and act as if nothing ever happened. By then my bruise will be healed and cleared. I hope that you can find some relief and a product that will clear this razor burn up.. Don't worry about being ashamed of going out in public..
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi cream, oh you misunderstood, I'm not ashamed at all of going out in public just very aware that it will set the local gossips off gossiping. I'm sticking with the nappy rash cream for the moment as babies are meant to have sensitive skin so it can't do any harm.
• United States
30 Nov 09
eek.stubbleburn sucks..there's no way of covering that either.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi scarlet, I keep saying he didn't have any stubble unless it was sprouting fast.
@GardenGerty (115215)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Recently I got up to what some people call a "frog" on my arm. It eventually disintegrated into a big bruise, but it was a huge knot on my upper left arm. I do not remember running into anything, or getting hit or punched by anyone, but here it is. Ouch!!!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
30 Nov 09
Hi Gerty, I've never come across that expression before, only a frog in the throat. Please enlighten me as to how one gets up to a frog on the arm. Unexplained bruises I'm very familiar with just by looking at a potentially lethal bit of door or something and they do stand out on very pale skin. Hope you're big bruise is better soon, try some windex.