Monday, October 29, 2007

"Official" Diagnosis...

It's official...I have shingles...herpes zoster on my RIGHT forearm AND in my RIGHT ear and throat. I just saw Dr. She Who Will Not Be Named and gimped out of her office with no less than 5 new prescriptions (and one YOU recommended, ANNE!...the lidocaine wash). I am now back on oral Prednisone, Acyclovir (anti-viral), Percocet for pain, Lyrica for pain AND MY RLS (?) (and the fact my constant left leg movement drove Dr. SWWNBN crazy...I DID wonder how she thought I felt having HAD this RLS for almost 4 weeks now if the movement drove HER crazy in 20 minutes?!?), and a Lidocaine mouth rinse for the pain in my mouth. Now, if I just had something for the PAIN IN MY ARSE this is all bringing on, I'd be happy...LOL

Dr. SWWNBN tells me I am a "public health risk" currently and will not release me to return to work until after I see her again on Tuesday of next week...we'll see. Right now, that's not even an issue as I could barely walk to the car and back for my ride to my appointment today...I am so incredibly fatigued. I know she is also just trying to protect me from ME as I typically return to work too soon, causing a cascading effect of recurring symptoms...plus, my OWN immune system is shot right now and I'm sure she doesn't want me catching "something else" on top of having shingles. The fact I troll one of the largest petri dishes known to man for a living (emergency rooms), does put me at a higher risk of "giving and receiving". But this means I am stranded at home for another week with nothing to do but contemplate the lint in my navel...I don't do well with boredom. LOL Fortunately right now, I am feeling too tired and ill to be bored.


Sorry I have not answered/commented back to the many comments all y'all have left here...I neither feel particularly "witty" nor energetic enough to respond. But I DO appreciate your well-wishes and concern. And I especially have enjoyed the "baseball rivalry" occurring! May the best MSer win...LOL


Off to rest...again...as this seems the only thing I am doing with great joy these days...

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Ok, since my ms brain is in effect and i can't remember ****. How do you get shingles? Sad that I once worked in a hospital. Hope you feel better soon.
Oh by the way even when you are feeling crappy you are still wity.
Sharon

Peej said...

Geez, with all those meds you're gonna rattle when you walk! :) At least they'll help with pain. Shingles are the pits

When you get tired of your navel just jump online. You can whine at me awhile :)

In the meantime, get some rest.

Sara said...

well minus the shingles part your bug sounds like the one I had this past weekend . . . still not 100% but able to get outta bed & come to work for half days, which is a HUGE improvement from Fri, Sat & Sunday where I could barely get enough energy to go to the loo!

Sending speedy get well wishes your way, xx

Bubbie said...

Make yourself priority One.This time you HAVE to stay home and REST. Maybe start on that new bestseller.

mdmhvonpa said...

Oh jeeze ... I guess you can say that at least you do not have SmallPox ... and you know, there is a immunization for chicken-pox.

Becky said...

feel better!!

harkoo said...

Left wordless as to how to comfort you, I have sent you a jacuielawson card to cheer you up--it is about a dog and cat trying to catch a bug. If viewing the card does not comfort you and help you forget your bodily woes, then I give you permission to delete me!