I’ve heard that term a lot thru out my life but didn’t really grasp it’s full meaning till late in March when I came down with a rip roaring case of the Shingles. For those of you who don’t know, Shingles is a painful condition caused by Chickenpox virus that lies dormant in one’s system only to reemerge decades later causing a blistering rash that frequently erupts in a belt like pattern on one side of the body. Some unfortunates also get Shingles on the scalp & face. The condition can cause general symptoms much like the flu and often brings with great pain along the pathway of the rash as the awakened virus damages the nerves.
Let me just say to you that this was probably the most painful experience I’ve ever had in my life, topping childbirth & abdominal surgeries. Shingles tends to strike folks who’s immune systems who been weakened by cancer treatments or other conditions that impact the immune system, it also occurs in those under a lot of stress and older people. My advice to you if you’re over 40? know the symptoms of Shingles & get to your Doctor quickly if you have symptoms as treatment with anti-viral medications can greatly lessen the spread of the rash & reduce the intensity of this illness.
All unpleasant mentions of illness now over,I’m feeling much better & glad to be back to the business of telling you all about my favorite things!