Gentle Giants and Little Monsters

When I was a kid, my grandparents owned a ranch, and for some reason, they had nearly a dozen dogs.  So many that I didn’t even know all their names.  They ran pretty much free around the ranch and were all outside dogs, mostly mutts, some of them very large.  All of them but one.  Sugar.

Sugar was a chihuahua, and the only dog that lived inside.

And Sugar was a monster.

I have specific memories as a little boy of only 7 or 8 wading through a sea of roughshod farm dogs that came up to my chest without a hint of fear only to take one step inside the house and run, screaming for cover as this tiny, brown demonic nugget of evil.

Mean dog

Yo quiero ripping out your throat.

Canker sores are like dogs.  Their viciousness sometimes has nothing to do with their size.

Case in point, over Thanksgiving, I had a monster ulcer near the gumline below my bottom lip.  When I say monster, I mean it.  A full centimeter long, and it lasted for 3 weeks.  This is a clear example of a major aphthous, which I almost never get.  It actually left a scar after it finally healed.

But here’s the thing…  It really didn’t hurt much.

Very little pain, not much swelling, it didn’t really affect my eating or speaking, I literally had to check in the mirror to see if it was still there at some points.

This isn’t a complaint – I’m thrilled it didn’t hurt – but still… Weird.

On the other hand, I have a new one that showed its face just a few days ago.  It’s not that big, not far from the huge one that just healed, nothing really special about it at all.

But this one hurts like a mother.  And is so inflamed this morning that my entire bottom lip was swollen like a scorpion had crawled in my mouth.

Scorpions, the band

Um... Terrifying.

I’ve often wondered why this is true.  Is it about nerve endings?  Proximity to glands?  I don’t get it.

I want answers, dammit!

Anybody else had experience with this?  Share in the comments, I want to know if I’m alone here.


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