Please keep Daddy Jimmy in extra prayers. Uncle Charley just called us about two hours ago and said if we wanna see Daddy Jimmy we better come now, as he is not doing well at all. I got Nicole out of school , Chris left work early and we will be on our way to Abilene within the next hour or so.
Ok, I haven't mentioned it this past week on my blog because I didn't know what the heck it was.
I do now...
Seems about a week ago I thought something bit me. On my chest. Like right in the upper cleavage area of my chest. There were some hard raised bumps. They itched. They later hurt. They later spread. I was going crazy.
My loving hubby got me benadryl cream , and pills. I tried hydrocortisone, witch hazel and gold bond medicated powder ( NOT at the same time though...)..
Nothing helped. I was in a bit of agony. Now my chest was starting to hurt as well as under my arm where some of the rash had spread. I'd wake up in the morning and there would be new patches.
I bathed the dogs, changed my bed, went over EVERYTHING I had eaten, drank , or otherwise could have come in contact with that had been causing this.
By yesterday I was completely miserable. My mom came out to my house and took me to the doctor. I made her go in the room with me, since I was going to have to take my shirt and bra off and I just didn't want anything scraping against this rash.
The doctor came in. I dropped the drape. Showed him where it first started and the progressive path it had taken, and where the last breakout had occured.
He asked " Did you ever have Chicken Pox as a child?"
I replied " No, but I had them when I was 26..." ( a whole different story for another time)
My mom yelled out "SHINGLES!!!!"
doctor said " Yup"
Doctor say what? Old people get shingles... at least that is what I thought till yesterday. He said it isn't as common in people my age ( i'm 37) but it does happen.
Great. He also informed me that I am past the stage where any anti-viral meds would help me and all he could do was treat the pain. So he gave me some lidocaine patches that feel really good and cooling going on... and he also gave me some pain meds. Since I'm very sensitive to pain meds he gave me good stuff but not knock me on my butt good stuff. ( one tylenol PM knocks me out , just f.y.i).
So I'm not working today, but am driving the kids to school and picking up my paycheck and going to put it in the bank. Then coming home and crawling back into bed.
Happy Halloween! I will post pictures of Nicole dressed up like a gothic vampire, and maybe some of the cute kiddies that come around here.
Hope everyone stays safe.