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Not The Way I Wanted to Start March

Friday, March 02, 2018

There are no really funny cartoons about shingles maybe because it's not a very funny subject matter emoticon . But I'm going to try to smile through this new experience.

Yesterday I called my doctor for an immediate appointment and was fortunate to be seen the same day. It didn't take her long to confirm my amateur diagnosis (after my research on the Internet) of shingles. I'm trying to be accepting of it -- "at least it's not MRSA", I told her.

Even though it's made it's appearance on my upper earlobe, neck and jawline (which can have more complications) emoticon -- I do think I'm getting off lightly. You wouldn't be able to see much if I wore my hair down, it's not too painful or itchy (I declined any pain meds), and I really don't have much in the way of other symptoms. No fever, not overly fatigued (at least not yet), no hearing loss. So -- so far, so good. And even though this started more than a week ago and it's best to get an antiviral as soon as possible, the doctor thinks it may do the trick seeing the rash was still starting to appear yesterday and the day before. Now, this might be more than you wanted to know about shingles (it eventually will occur in 1 in 3 people if they live long enough and is caused by having had chickenpox or the live vaccine). I know it's more than I wanted to know.

But I look at it this way: When I was 30 years old, my Mom died. When I was 50, I was told by my doctor that due to some heart issues I was "an explosion waiting to happen". So in my mind -- for years -- 62 was my magic number. If I could only live to that age, I'd be happy. Well, I'm now 68. And if shingles is part of the dues I pay for getting old -- well, what's the alternative? So I'm only explaining, not complaining. And I thank you for listening (if you made it this far).

This one's funnier! Just wanted my friends to know what was up. P.S. Other complications include confusion, memory loss or hallucinations. So if you see any of this going on in my posts, toss me an email would you? On the other hand, as my husband asked "How could anyone tell the difference?" Ha Ha emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD23858752
    Love the shingles cartoon. I had shingles about 7 years ago. Mine was a horrible burning sensation. I had to take pain pills it was so bad. I was also given a 7 day dose for shingles. Can’t remember the name of the medication. The next year I was given a shot to prevent shingles as I was told it can come back. Hope yours last a very short time.
    517 days ago
    emoticon Hope they are better now.
    856 days ago
    I know the feeling, since I had the shingles 14 years ago (when I was 48 no less)! I went quickly to the Dr. and went on antiviral med. too. Didn't seem to last that long, The itching is the bad part, so do not scratch it or it will be worse. I sure hope you are feeling better now and as time goes on. Maybe you won't have any post nerve pain either- I got that and that was worse than the actual rash! Hang in there. emoticon
    867 days ago
    I was thinking you got shingles if you DID NOT have chicken pox when younger.

    Anyway, I laughed long and loud at the shingles joke. It was HILARIOUS.

    My mom lost some feeling in one of her hands for a long time after having shingles. Unfortunately, she ALSO got MRSA near the end of her life. She wasn't a complainer either!

    Feel well, soon!
    880 days ago
    Sorry to hear you're sick. Wishing you a speedy recovery! emoticon
    885 days ago
    You're right, it's tough to find something humorous about shingles but you found a great cartoon. LOL

    I pray for your prompt healing and no residual results. You do need to be aware of something called post-herpetic neuralgia. That means that even with no active outbreak, you can have pain along the course of the nerve where you had shingles before. I also had it on my ear, neck and down onto my right shoulder. Sadly, I did get a bit of hearing loss from it but I'm old enough that it wasn't a surprise anyway.

    And talk about funny: the things I can mis-hear when Hubby is talking from another room or when someone doesn't enunciate clearly. I had taken a friend to a Jewish temple and when she got back into the car I THOUGHT she said "He's a 'hot-tomato' Rabbi.' When I exclaimed "What?" evidently with a shocked expression to go along with it, she explained. His name is 'hyphenated'. Once I learned I could laugh at myself, I found a source of continual amusement.

    Gentle hugs and speedy healing. emoticon emoticon
    892 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15536563
    Hope it doesn't last long. Love how you turn this negative into positive thoughts.
    893 days ago
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  • ARMY_MOM17
    .. sorry to learn of your shingles... hope it's a mild case and you get over it quickly...take care...
    894 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    May you have a speedy recovery....... We look forward to your continued off the wall humor....
    895 days ago
    Sorry you have shingles. Glad you're taking an antiviral, and don't have to take pain meds! I like your sense of humor, your hubby's too!! Having a good sense of humor helps in situations like this!
    895 days ago
    Glad it's not itching. Sorry you have it.
    It's great you got in to see your doctor so quickly. My doctor is so great doing that also.
    Have a nice Saturday and Sunday healing,
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    895 days ago
  • DEE107
    hugs feel better you are the second person who told me they had the shingles in 24 hours and hers is on the face the eye and ear too
    895 days ago
    I am sorry to hear-- sending healing vibes to you.
    My DH just got the shingles vaccine--do you know is it very effective?

    So about that heads up? You were kidding about being invisible and breaking Jan and Cheri out of the mental institution--right?

    895 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Hope you have a painless episode with the shingles. and get better soon. We were on a mini vacation with friends back some time ago during the 4th of July, about 2 hours from home. We went out and enjoyed a concert in the park with a well known national Country singer, then out for dinner. We got back to the hotel to rest a bit before going to the fire works display. My hubby started having pain in his chest, it kept getting worse. Finally he said he needed to get back home so he could go to the hospital.( there was a hospital in that town, but no go home). The closer we got home he finally decided he couldn't go any further he needed to be seen now. Well they ended up admitting him, ran all kinds of chest procedures. So on the 3rd day were letting him go home. That's when he mentioned a rash and painful around his left chest around to the back. Then they knew he had singles. He ended up on medication and pain pills. He was out of work for couple of weeks, then only 4 hours a day for several weeks. He had such a horrid case of shingles. Wishing you a mild case. Yes it took awhile before they let him get the shot. A medication I was on at the time, prevented me for having a preventive shingle shot for 6 months. So take care of yourself, and get all the rest your body demands, as that is what your body may need.
    895 days ago
    emoticon at least they saw the same same day a family member was told they would have to wait to get in .... so pain full they went to the ER for care . its very painful and he had it around his eyes .
    895 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear that you have shingles!! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be as positive as you are, thank you for explaining about them. I had a severe case of chicken pox when I was in the 1st grade, so my Dr. made sure I got the vaccine as soon as I could, now there is a new one out and she told me a couple of weeks ago that I needed to get that one too. Haven't done so yet but think I will now!!
    Wish there was more I could do for you but I will keep you in my prayers. I sure hope they don't get any worse especially where they are located. Maybe the antiviral will take care of it soon. Get lots of rest.

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    895 days ago
    Oh I am so sorry.My boss had this when I was working in physio.I love your attitude. Cheeky husband (He must have some kind of communication with mine cause that is what he would say !) I always enjoy your sense of humour (Okay perhaps you should remember where that compliment is coming from and don't mention it to your husband LOL!) emoticon You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope the antiviral does the job.
    895 days ago
    Oh my goodness! .. emoticon ... Leave it to you with your comic wit to find some cartoons about shingles!..:: You get a Gold star for that! Well we know it won't be fatal so you shouldn't need to have to write out your last will and testament with this diagnosis. I say it's not fatal because my sister-in-law had it a few years ago and she is still alive and well. After 60, I got the vaccine so I will just deal with my chronic aches and pains and try not to complain too much.
    ... I am curious that when you did a search yesterday were you already suspecting shingles? .. I am not sure of how long this lasts or if it spreads but whatever the case keep yourself comfortable. ... I do hope it will be short-lived and you get to feeling better very soon!... emoticon .... and a big old emoticon
    895 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/2/2018 5:59:27 PM
    Inspiring! You definitely are explaining, not complaining. Today another Sparker wrote When you can't find the sunshine..be the sunshine. I think you're emoticon at that! And I bet these are two of the two funniest cartoons about shingles known to man.

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    896 days ago
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