Shingles – oh yes, I have shingles. Doesn’t that just sound creepy?
Fortunately, it looks like I have a mild case, although each night I go to bed wondering what the next day will bring.
It all started on Monday when I had this weird pain along my jawline, a strange painful area on my scalp, a little on my cheekbone, and my ear. It was all on my right side. I wondered if I had an odd ear infection that was somehow radiating around my face. Since Sweet Pea was coming home for the weekend, I called to ask her to bring her otoscope and check my ear. As I explained the pain, she said, “Mom that is not an ear infection; I think you are getting shingles. You need to see a doctor today.”
I thought that was crazy. Shingles are in the torso, right? Apparently not. Some people manage to get it in their face.
I still wasn’t convinced that my third-year-medical-student-daughter could tell from a phone call that I had shingles. So, I called my super-smart-oncology-nurse-friend and told her my symptoms. She said, “I think you’re getting shingles. You need to go the doctor today and start taking antiviral medication to keep from getting really sick.”
At that point I felt a bit more worried.
I finished making dinner, went to QuickCare, where the doctor wasn’t sure it could be shingles. Then she pulled up an image of the dermatomes of the body and there was one dermatome that covered the side of the head including the scalp, cheekbone, ear, lower lip, and chin — all of the places I had pain. If you like medical things, check out this image — dermatome V3.
I’ve been laying low, taking meds five times a day, and waiting to see if we caught it in time to avoid getting lesions. It looks like I’m beginning to get some, but I may not get terribly sick since we caught it so early.
The one bright spot is that I’ve had time to read The Hole in Our Gospel and many of your blogs. We’ve set aside Saturday night as a Big Kid date, so I’m hoping and praying to feel better by then. Sweet Pea is coming for the weekend and we even have a babysitter for the younger kids for the evening.
Have a great weekend everyone. Give your big kids a hug — they still need us.
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