About a year ago I suddenly developed a purple rash of small spots all over my arms, face and chest. It wasn’t itchy or anything, just pretty scary. I hadn’t taken any new medication or eaten anything new, so I had no idea what was causing it.
I was on a long train journey, so I couldn’t go to A&E in case I had, you know, meningitis. I looked around for anyone who looked like a doctor, which is difficult as they don’t actually wear stethoscopes around their necks all the time. In the end I freaked out so much that I pulled up my sleeve and thrust my purple arm in front of the guy next to me (a young guy listening innocently to his iPod) and whispered ‘WHAT IS THISSSS?’. He didn’t know- but he did put the armrest down between us a minute later.
Anyway, the rash lasted a few hours more and then gradually faded. EXCEPT for a small patch at the bottom of my chin. A year later, I still have a small area of red dots on my skin. When I’m poorly, they sometimes get darker. It’s weird, but I can live with it.
HOWEVER, today I managed to hit myself in the face with a laptop. Long story, involving a miniature schnauzer and a coffee table. Yeah, I don’t know how I’m graduating from university this summer. I hit myself in the septum and top lip. I thought I’d broken my nose. My nose, which is a relatively decent distance from my chin.
I was beginning to prepare myself for the possibility of having a bruise resembling a Hitler moustache… and then I looked in the mirror. I am thankfully free from dictator-style facial hair. But, and this is a big but – MY CHIN IS PURPLE. Like, the rash area AND the area surrounding it, basically my WHOLE CHIN… is PURPLE. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just hideous. I don’t have a Hitler moustache, but I do have a devil goatee. I have asked the wise people on the Dooce Community about this, but I’ll ask the internet at large too… My question is twofold: 1. Can rashes scar you in this way? 2. WTF is up with my chin?!