Not the Kind on Your Roof

Sweet Pea and Mimi

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.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

20 Comments

  1. Lori
    November 5, 2010

    Oh No!! Glad it's a 'mild' case of shingles!!! I love the picture!! 🙂

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  2. Leslie
    November 5, 2010

    Oh no! I will be praying for you.

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  3. God-Given Passions
    November 5, 2010

    Oh ouch! So sorry! My older son had them on his face. It was all around his eyes and the doctors were quite concerned that it would migrate into his eye. Praise God it didn't! He was in such terrible pain for days though – I hope that you caught it early enough to save yourself that much pain!!

    Audrey

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  4. ichoosejoyca
    November 5, 2010

    Oh wow, isn't the Hole in our Gospel a motivating read! I just finished it this week. Jennifer

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  5. Lisa H.
    November 5, 2010

    Lisa,

    I'm so sorry you have shingles…Brad has gotten them before and thought they were no fun. I hope you get a few more days of down time out of the deal! :o) And I like Sweet Pea's haircut!

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  6. Julie
    November 5, 2010

    Oh no, Lisa! I'm sorry. I hope you feel better soon, and don't get the full-blown awful stuff. Also praying your sickness doesn't frighten your little ones.

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  7. dorothy
    November 5, 2010

    Drat – I had them last year and am happy to have that experience behind me! Did you get the arthritis cream? It really helped me to endure.

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  8. Kathrin
    November 5, 2010

    Lisa, hope you feel better soon.

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  9. carla
    November 6, 2010

    Oh wow, so sorry, I'll be praying for you that you caught it in time!!!!

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  10. coffeemom
    November 6, 2010

    Oh no. My bro and a friend have had shingles. Not fun at all. It's a virus and it's a doozy and I'm praying you feel better and fast!

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  11. Lana T.
    November 6, 2010

    Interested that you posted this. I was told about 12 days ago that I had shingles on my pinkie finger and top part of my hand althought I really had no pain with it. Now in the last few days, I've developed something similar on my thumb (but the other hand). Seems strange that I should develop something while I'm taking an antiviral medication. I've off to the see the dermatologist on Mon. morning.

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  12. Donna Jordan
    November 6, 2010

    Always good to try and find the bright side in anything not so fun. Praying you are feeling better soon.

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  13. Giann
    November 6, 2010

    Prayers!! I hope you feel better!!

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  14. Jess
    November 6, 2010

    Take care of yourself Lisa!

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  15. learningpatience
    November 6, 2010

    Oh no! Praying for fast healing!

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  16. Teresa
    November 7, 2010

    Oh no! You poor thing! My daughter had them 2 years ago…a patch on her back. We caught it early and she didn't even have to miss school! (Oh to be young again!) Anyway, I'm praying for a quick recovery for you!

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  17. Anna
    November 7, 2010

    Praying your recovery is as quick as Honeybee's!! 🙂

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  18. jennifer
    November 7, 2010

    Who takes care of your kids when you get sick?

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  19. Linda
    November 9, 2010

    Hi-hope you are doing better and caught it early. I had shingles in my 20’s when I was newly married and in a new high stress job after college. I did not know at the time the amount of stress I was under but looking back I can clearly see how overwhelmed I was at the time. I think this might be a message for you to slow down, your body and mind can only take so much. I hope you carve out some time for yourself-you seem to be doing an awful lot for one person. Will keep you in my prayers.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 9, 2010

      Thank you, Linda. I am wondering about that…but haven't really wanted to speak it out loud. It's very hard sorting the best from among all of the good things God brings our way. I appreciate your prayers and kindness.

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