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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?

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.


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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