Shingles

That’s what I have. Some key points about shingles:

  • It usually happens in older people. We’re talking 50+ due to a weaker immune system at an older age.
  • It’s the adult version of chicken pox.
  • And from an except of a really great article summarizing shingles, “After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus that caused the illness does not completely go away; it lies dormant in the nerve cells that run parallel to the spine. For reasons not fully understood, the virus can become reactivated after a long period, sometimes decades. When that happens, you’ve got shingles, also called herpes zoster.”

I have a feeling that stress of an infant and toddler, lack of sleep compounded by recovering from a few colds led to a weakened immune system that wasn’t able to fight off the infection.

So I’m on medication for seven days as of Tuesday and hope to be fully recovered very soon so that I can get back to “normal.” I’m just praying that I didn’t pass the infection onto Rhett or Elle as chickenpox. Elle has been vaccinated against chicken pox, but Rhett has not as the vaccine is not usually administered until 12 to 18 months.

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