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I’m not hanging out my shingle

English: Wooden shingles

No, not these shingles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nearly everyone around me is coughing, hacking, coping with runny noses and sore throats, battling the flu or a stomach bug.

And where once I would have been a lemming for fear of standing out, these days, I am my own person.

And it seems I have shingles.

Not the kind on the roof, although we have those too. I mean the virus resulting from the reactivation of the chicken pox virus that plagued me many years ago. (I still have the scars from where I didn’t listen to Mom’s instructions about not scratching.)

I’m lucky; it’s a pretty mild case centered around my right hip and lower back. It’s causing some discomfort and a little hitch in my walk, but I figure if I wear the right heels, no one will be the wiser.

I’m not contagious and while I should keep a lid on too much exertion, the doctor says, I can go about my normal activities while the virus runs its course. I just need to listen to my body, make sure I rest when I need to, eat right and all that other good stuff I keep trying to be better about.

I was more than a little disappointed that she didn’t prescribe chocolate, but what can you do?

Perusing the web (I shouldn’t, I know), I was struck by two sobering bits of information: A great deal of information about shingles is found on senior health sites (sigh) and they all agree that stress triggers it.

Stress? What stress?

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

Discussion

12 thoughts on “I’m not hanging out my shingle

  1. So sorry to hear about your shingles. I have hear they can be very painful. Feel better soon. I believe ice cream would be a good cure (served to you of course)

    Posted by Jacquie | January 23, 2013, 10:31 pm
  2. Shingles is the pits but does eventually. Only problem is that it can recur 😦

    Posted by Roly | January 23, 2013, 4:33 am
  3. I had shingles about 10 years ago, and Bill had them in his late 30s. And they are contagious!! I gave Jonah the chicken pox, as he reminds me periodically. I didn’t realize what they were for the first day — thought it was sunburn on my upper arm and shoulder. He was living with us, and next thing I knew, he was sick. We were a charming pair! And chocolate will make you feel better!!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | January 22, 2013, 8:37 pm
  4. Feel Better!!!

    Posted by Mike Colaluca | January 22, 2013, 8:16 pm
  5. Aw, poor baby. Hope you recover quickly. I hear ya on the chocolate. That would’ve been a nice prescription. Unfortunately, it only cures other ills. Like the moody blues!

    Posted by Anka | January 22, 2013, 6:21 pm
  6. Shingles sure seems to be going around – even among the younger set like you. Sounds like you’re handling it well and I’m glad to hear that. As for chocolate – I’m all for self-medicating. πŸ˜‰ Reia from http://www.southcountrysides.blogspot.com

    Posted by reiadm | January 22, 2013, 5:53 pm

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