18 Nov

I went to the dermatologist on Thursday morning to see about a persistent sore on the corner of my mouth. No biggie, he told me. It is essentially a bit of chapped lips. When you curl up on your side to sleep, you drool a bit. Everybody does, and sometimes it causes this sort of thing. He prescribed an ointment which would both clear up the sore and form a barrier between the skin and the moisture.

I went over to the drugstore on Friday morning and was told they had to order the cream, as they didn’t have that size in stock. Hmm.

Went I went back yesterday afternoon, the clerk handed me a bag which seemed a bit heavy. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve posed the jar beside a two cup measure so you can see how large this baby actually is. A bloody pound of the stuff! I’m seventy-six years old! I won’t live long enough to use all of it!

What was the doctor thinking? No wonder the girl said they didn’t have this size on the shelf!  It would have cost me the same price for a small tube as it did for this washtub, but the wastefulness of it just blows me away.


5 Responses to “Really?”

  1. Garfield Hug November 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    A big jar indeed. 2.5% Hydrocortisone..that is strong. I use Desowen 0 05% and it is a small tube. No wastage or expiry wastage.

  2. Lucie November 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

    I’m no doctor, but seriously, vaseline or carmex was no good????????

    • thisendoftheswamp November 20, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

      I’ve always used olive oil, which probably would work just as well. What concerned me was that this sore had lingered for about a month, so I was thinking the Big C. As it turned out, it was simply chapped lips. But you’re right – good old Vaseline would be fine.

      • Lucie December 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

        Glad to hear that it wasn’t cancer…..I used to use vaseline, but found that as I aged the vaseline didn’t have the “staying power” for me that Carmex did. I think Vaseline is a healthier option, though, so I’m glad to hear that it’s doing the job.

  3. Val November 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    One of the pop-up vaseline sticks for lips, apply a few times a day and especially at night. I’ve got the same thing at the moment and get it every single winter. Good to know it’s from drooling in ones sleep… haha!

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