Friday, November 7, 2008

Shingles....

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Nope, not the one used for roofing or siding of a house...I meant:

Shingles - viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes the acute (short-lived) illness chickenpox, and generally occurs in children and young people. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles—an illness with very different symptoms—often many years after the initial infection.

Unfortunately, I have it right now. The pain that comes with it [more like ahead and along] started last week. I thought I was just having my usual aches and pains so I just started taking pain reliever like Tylenol and aspirin. Well, last Wednesday evening I noticed a rash on the right side of my left knee. I didn't know what to make of it so I just put some cream on it but it stayed the same. I started reading this morning and that's how I came across the possibility of shingles. Almost all the symptoms are there except for the severe pain and the area affected. So off we went to the doctor this evening....and I was right, I have shingles. Sigh...

I have no idea what activated my 'dormant virus'. It can be stress [husband? LOL...nah] or I may have a weak immune system. Whatever it is, I just want it to be over and done already. I honestly don't remember having chicken pox so I may be very young when I had it. From what have read anyone who had chicken pox can have shingles.

The biggest reason I went to the doctor as soon as I realized what it could be is the little one. Shingles are highly contagious. Shingles though is not what I can transfer to her but chicken pox since she hasn't had it. She already had the first batch of vaccine for chicken pox but it's not complete yet. I don't want her to get the chicken pox although the doctor said that it'd be better for her to have it while she's young. But I'm not willing to take the risk. I am hoping that she won't get it...sigh.

So if you don't see me around much [like I'm around much eh?]...that's the reason. I am on medication and I have no idea what it will do to my body since I just started it. I'd probably be down the whole day....hehe

That's it. Oh before I forgot, you have nothing to worry about....I don't think it can spread through cyber space....so the bloghsphere is safe from me......LOL!

9 comments:

embracingeveryday.net said...

I had that too! But I dalaga pa ako nun so I wasn't worried about spreading it.

I had it on the left side of my trunk! Inconvenient lang talaga :)

posh_post said...

hi girl! my father in law had that, too. he had to suffer emotionally because his shingles recurred during the time when his grandchild had a homecoming. so he couldn't carry his apo. anyway, i hope you get well soon. the medication is expensive!

take care!

Vincent Bautista said...

elow BOO-Loo-Tong hahaha! Sama ko naman. But I hope you get rid of that soon and that it won't hurt that much.

Yah I Googled and shingles and one of the causes is old age daw but 2/3 of the population naman lang so I bet you're part of the other 1/3 non-old people who unfortunately got shingles at a YOUNG age hehehe.

Oh sige alis nah ako baka mahawa pa ako, joke hehehe.

Utah Mommy said...

Hahahaha you are silly mommy J, of course it won't spread here in cyberspace lols! But i will pray for your fast recovery, that can be annoying though, the itch. So get well soon and have a safe weekend!

DebbieDana said...

Kainis naman yang shingles na yan!

Hope the medication will help heal you quickly.

Enjoy your weekend.


Debbie :)

Vhiel said...

i remember shingles... yan ba yung shingles for christ... hehehe... bad ano... anyway, I think you hit the point.. it is often cause by stress.. we just had a discussion about that last month sa anatomy class ko.. don't stress your self too much and u should be okay..

honey said...

Ah! bulotong pala ang shingles.. Di ko gets te,..Oo nga te eh! ingatz lang, kawawa nman si Ericka...

Get well soon ate J.. :)

Nelle said...

take care ate J, get well soon with that shingles, the name sounds very hip btw.. ahahaha..

Cathy said...

Uy I hope you're better now Mommy Jul. I guess the change of season.

YOu take care. Hmm, you what sounds good. Tinolang manok.

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