Shingles in NEPA

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As you might have guessed, this post is not about roofing materials.

WEEKEND OUTBREAK

This post is about one sad, retired, fellow who was stricken over the weekend, and is now sitting in his recliner with a patch of oozing blisters covering his forehead and moving down the side of his face.

Hubs has shingles!

Dratted things!

Painful.

Ugly.

Contagious.

Dreaded.

Vile!

He has them in his eye!!!  Poor hubs!

If you’re the praying type, say a few for the mister.  If you have any advice on how to make the pain less intense, share freely.  If you have your own sad tale to tell about life as a shingles sufferer, I’m all ears.

DOCTOR INSIGHT

The doctor who diagnosed hubs said that sometimes the virus that gave us chicken pox as a kid returns to us as shingles in our later years, just because.  Often, however, an outbreak can be traced to some particular stress event which occurs and drains the immune system, making us easy targets for shingles.  When mister and me sat in his office and heard him say that, I thought, “Well, that’s not the case with us.” I couldn’t think of anything that had happened recently that would be described as a stress event.

It wasn’t until later that I remembered these facts:

Mister’s older brother lost his wife to complications of T2D and persistent smoking with heart disease about three weeks ago.

Mister has been spending copious amounts of time helping big brother cope with his grief, which has not been easy.

Other confusing and taxing family “issues” have cropped up/come to light and had to be dealt with, following my sister-in-law’s death.  This often happens after a family member passes.  The family dynamic is disrupted, and everyone has to shift and readjust.  Sometimes it is a messy, messy process.

Not long ago my lover boy was dealing with a drawn out bout with a secondary infection caused by a tick bite, wherein 30 days of powerful antibiotics were administered orally in an effort to stave off lyme’s disease.

It all adds up! 

I wonder if the tick bite episode had anything to do with weakening my husband’s normally vibrant immune system?  I don’t know…can’t be sure, but I wonder.

VACCINATIONS

Today, I’m stopping after work to get the shingles vaccine.  My doc says its crucial I have it, as I, too, suffer with T2D.  Mine is controlled by diet at this time, but as T2D is considered an auto-immune problem, I’m at risk for catching shingles.  Especially as I act as care-giver for hubs.

I hate this!

LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS

We’re doing what we must to stay on top of this newly developing worry.  Shingles in the eye is not a good thing.  Shingles, period, is no fun.  We are hoping the meds bring this outbreak under control soon.

I’m hoping to get back to normal soon!!

Have you had shingles or the chicken pox?  When they say you are contagious with shingles, does that mean you can infect others with shingles, or with the chicken pox (I still haven’t figured that one out)?

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2 thoughts on “Shingles in NEPA

  1. So sorry about all this!! You both really need to make your health a priority even if it means you are less available to others.

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