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8.25.2005

Why me?

Ok...so I thought I had a fever blister outbreak on my chest. It seemed like I had a bunch of fever blisters, so I thought I'd go to the doctor, get some medicine and it would be all good. Well, I was wrong. The doctor informed me it was not fever blisters, but rather it was shingles! Yep, you read that correctly, shingles, I have shingles. It started last Tuesday & I found out last Thursday from the Dr. He prescribed some medicine for me and it is slowly going away. But since I volunteer in the infant nursery at church, I had to find someone else to do it for me Sunday...it seems I am contagious, and little babies could've gotten chicken pox from me. I looked up a little online about shingles and I found out the following increase your risk for shingles:

  • Being over the age of 50. (okay, I'm only 26??)
  • Having a weakened immune system due to another disease, such as diabetes or HIV infection. (I don't have any diseases?!?)
  • Developing chickenpox prior to age 1. (hmmm...I did have chickenpox when I was almost a year old or so, I think?!?)
  • Having Hodgkin's lymphoma. Up to 25% of people with Hodgkin's lymphoma develop shingles. (yeah, this doesn't apply to me either?!?)

But as I said, the medication that I have to take 5 times a day is working and the outbreak seems to be slowly going away. I just thought that was a very random thing! Random things are always happening to me! I guess that's just the way life goes! :)

4 comments:

melissamae said...

thank goodness you have insurance!! holy crap that sucks. glad to hear the medicine is working.

Corrie said...

Awe, that stinks! I hope that it goes away. I'll be praying for you.

Jill Blatt said...

a lady at my work had shingles a few months ago, but she was told at a certain point it wasn't contagious anymore. hopefully you'll get to that point soon! :) feel better

davidmac.. said...

and all this time i thought shingles went on roofs... silly gurl