- Do not ever Google "painful spreading rash". Just don't.
- On the other hand, if you HAVE such a rash, and your partner tells you to go to the doctor because you keep complaining about it, go.
- And don't wait 5 days before you go.
- If somebody tells you "You're not OLD ENOUGH to have shingles!"? Smack them.
Yes, two weeks into summer break and vastly reduced stress, I have come down with shingles (supposedly usually brought on by stress). Luckily so far it seems to be a contender for the title of world's mildest case, as it's mainly the gross rash and general fatigue. We're getting pretty accustomed to fatigue around here so I hadn't really even noticed it.
We are, however, a bit worried that Natalie has gotten chicken pox as a result of exposure to the rash. She was vaccinated but the varicella vax is not 100% effective and she's only had one dose so far. We are keeping watch over her collection of odd little blistery bumps and will keep you updated.
I am finding lots of chocolate to be a pretty good treatment for shingles, by the way.