Saturday, March 18, 2006

My Tongue

Thinking I was doing myself a good thing, I brought a huge Jawbreaker candy to the movies the other night so I wouldn't eat popcorn. It took me the whole movie to eat that thing. It was the size of a billiard ball, no lie. Okay, not quite that big, but definitely too big to fit into my mouth at one time. But, it kept me busy, licking away at it and I didn't have one kernel of popcorn.

Once you get the first layer of a Jawbreaker off, it gets kind of, well, prickly. I don't know how else to describe it, but it becomes like a piece of sandpaper, with little prickly prickles in it.

You know how you burn the roof of your mouth on hot pizza cheese,
and you have to wait for the layer to heal, or you burn the tip of your tongue on your coffee? Well, multiply that by a thousand, and then make sure the injury is to your whole tongue, not just the tip. That's what happened to me.

I seriously damaged my tongue in the process of eating this Jawbreaker. A whole layer of skin is peeling from my tongue, and my tongue is all white. It's like when you peel from a sunburn. My tongue feels like a piece of velcro and every now and then a little piece of dead skin finds its way out of my mouth.


kim said...

Kinda gross and ouch.

I know the jawbreakers of which you speak. I never did that much damage though, once we got to sandpaper phase - we took a hammer to them.

Chrissy said...

You have inadvertantly discovered a new fad diet! I say, promote it and make a bundle ;-)

Cinnamon altoids will do similar damage. I am now kind of allergic to cinnamon flavoring.

ps: note that I figured out the links & you are there!

Anonymous said...

That sounds extremely painful!!! I'm not one for jawbreakers. I believe the name.

Anonymous said...

That sounds extremely painful!!! I'm not one for jawbreakers. I believe the name.

Randy said...

Ouch. Reminds me of an experience at Club Med when I did not yet grasp the art of having liquor poured down my throat. Talk about third degree burns (or, that's the way it felt, anyway). I was there by myself and really panicked that my throat would swell up in the middle of the night and choke me. The obit would have really embarassed my parents.

Nancy French said...

What movie?? Was it worth it?

Tuesday Girl said...

I hope you are feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Peeling of the skin inside the mouth, without true sores or ulcers (that usually hurt due to inflammation and exposed nerve endings), is a rather common reaction for some people to newer toothpastes or mouth rinses that contain whitening or tartar-control (or both) chemicals. This is not usually a serious complication, but some people report increased sensitivity of the mouth, especially to spicy, hot or acidic foods.