Sunday, August 11, 2013

Shingles Suck!

So let's go ahead and add shingles to my already long list of medical issues.  What I thought were three spider/bug bites that popped up last week have turned out to be shingles, a painful skin rash that has formed on the right side of my abdomen, wrapping around my side to my back.  And like every other medical issue I've contracted, it most commonly shows up in older people.  Thus strengthening my argument that I have the insides of someone 30 years my senior.

If a person is under 50 years old with a relatively strong immune system (like me), there is really only one way for shingles to activate:  stress.  So let me reflect on the last year or so of my life:
  • Physically sought and moved a satellite office for my previous employer
  • Managed the relocation and set up of the new headquarters for my previous employer
  • Voluntarily left my job and relocated to Miami with The BF
  • Handled the relocation of our place and the set up of our new apartment
  • Continuing to look for new job in a new city
So after the last several months, this might be the most calm I have been, which might explain my defenses being lowered and shingles activating.  This is the explanation I am going with because it makes me understand it more. 

I will admit that it hurts to move, to sit, to walk, to everything.  Even a breeze blowing my shirt against my skin is excruciating. The pain subsides a bit when I lay down flat on my back - something I am never able to do for too long unless I am sleeping.  I understand that these occurences last a few weeks at a time.  I thought I would be able to go a few months without needing to find a new doctor in Miami.  Oh, well.

I'm still tan, though!