Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I am getting behind on my Christmas Challenge countdown. I have been feeling miserable since Friday with shooting pain, like electrical sensations, up my right arm and around my ribcage. Monday the Dr ran lots of tests to rule out heart issues or pneumonia. She couldn't find anything wrong so I went back to work thinking that I either had really bad indigestion or some kind of a pulled muscle. Tuesday I woke to a blistering rash on my chest and around my rib cage. It was immediately recognizable as shingles so I have started antivirals. I know people say that Shingles is painful but I really had no idea exactly what they meant. The rash hurts like a severe sunburn but the real pain is the bizarre electrical impulses through my chest. It feels much like hitting my funny bone over and over about every 20 or 30 seconds. I have not been able to make myself do much exercise because it hurts to wear clothes. On the upside I might see some weight loss because I don't feel like eating. My diet is mostly painkillers and hot tea.