Ok, while we are all suffering through this we might as well describe some things that help us endure facing the public and going to work every day.
Last night, I had a pretty bad outbreak on my cheek. I’m sure that like most of you, I’ve learned that the best thing to do is let it do its thing until it has solidified. If its during the day, I just keep racing off to the bathroom to dab it down while I’m at work. Then when I get home, I lie there and let the crust harden. If I can let it harden overnight, in the morning, I get up early and apply something called Bag Balm to it. This is a relatively cheap product farmers use and you can buy it at walgreens for $7 or $8. This turns the crust kind of gooey, and I find that I can then just wipe the crust away. It will leave an orangish spot underneath, but it levels off the crust.
Also, I’m starting to learn how to use make-up like a chick. Of course, you can’t apply it to oozing lesions, but if you can get it down to the flattened orange stage like I mentioned, you can apply some make up that is the color of your skin to hide it somewhat.
Then you just sort of dodge people. Make excuses. “Oh, I’ve gotta run.”
This is how I’ve gotten by. It’s sad, but we’re all going to get better and these horror stories are going to be things of the past. For now, we have to cope and strategize. Feel free to add some things that work for you.