Sunday, June 19, 2005


I think I have shingles again. Started anti-virals yesterday and if it is shingles, caught it early, but damn this is annoying.

I've had shingles three times since I was forty. It's not all that uncommon in chemo patients, but I really hoped that having gotten through the chemo, I'd dodged it.

At least I have all the meds.


Blogger Ellen Datlow said...

I hope not, or if you do, I hope they go away really really quickly.

June 20, 2005 1:04 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Oh, crud. If it's shingles, I hope they run like hell. Pfui.

June 20, 2005 11:38 AM  
Blogger David Moles said...

Ditto Ellen and Madeleine.

This probably isn't any consolation, but there's something really twenty-first century about your casual discussion of anti-virals.

June 20, 2005 1:01 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Yeah, and thank god for the casual discussion of anti-virals. Now I've got even more, and because I am still officially immuno-compromised, I have to take giant horse pills five times a day.

At urgent care, they wanted to know if I had pain medication.

Do I have pain medication.

Although if I'd been thinking, I'd have said no. Right now, though, Motrin kills it fine.

One of the weird things about shingles is that for a few days right at the beginning, before I know I have them, they throw me into an anxiety attack. In this case, I was pretty much unhinged for about three days. I don't know if it's some sort of neural feedback loop or what. Saturday I told Bob I was 'thinskinned'. Everything bothered me. I mean, shaking with nerves bothered me.

Today he pointed out that something is actually wrong with my skin, so 'thinskinned' was a scarily accurate analogy.' It's not anywhere in the literature, but it's happened to me three out of four times I've had shingles, and in all three cases, I didn't know I had shingles when I was an anxious wreck. Today, I have some pain, but the anxiety is gone, and like I said, Motrin takes care of the discomfort.

June 20, 2005 1:59 PM  
Blogger Greg van Eekhout said...

Shingles? Ayiieee! May the anti-virals destroy them and the Motrin give you comfort while the stupid shingles face their demise.

June 20, 2005 3:43 PM  
Blogger C. F. Blog said...

Hi, How are you feeling? My aunt has had shingles, I know it is very painful, hang in there.

June 21, 2005 4:58 PM  
Blogger Responsible Artist said...

One of the components of feeling pain has got to be the fear of not knowing if it will get worse, or how long it will last. If you knew it would go away in half an hour it might be easier to tolerate. But you don't know. And you always remember when it was really bad. So having pain medication on hand isn't a bad idea.


June 22, 2005 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope they clear up fast... heard that it was quite painful ... I know first had what cancer/chemo brings to our bodies UGH!!!! Cool place you have here BTW *hugs*

June 23, 2005 1:33 AM  
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Blogger Brooklynwings said...

I'm 31. I had hodgkins when I was 19 and I'm still having random side effects and I'm sick of them. I found out this week I probably can't have kids. Too bad I couldn't have told my husband 4 years ago. Not to sound to pathetic, but the AVN was enough to deal with.

October 06, 2005 9:36 PM  
Blogger Brooklynwings said...

I am 31 and off of treatment for years. I'm sick of all of the late side effects. I'm sick of all of the doctots.

October 06, 2005 9:37 PM  

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