...but I didn't, and now I have shingles. Please, dear readers, if you had chicken pox as a child, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for the shingles vaccine, especially if you're over 60. Several months ago, Mom started asking me if I'd had the shingles vaccine. I hadn't, but I wasn't too concerned, because I've always been fairly healthy. That means nothing! The chicken pox virus lies dormant in your body, and can rear its ugly head many years later, and that's what happened to me.
Easter morning, I woke up with what I thought were spider bites on my jaw line. I don't mind spiders, but I don't like being bitten by them, so Dave and I spent last week doing some deep cleaning just to make sure there weren't any colonies of the little creatures, especially in our bedroom... not a sign of a spider!
There were two odd things about my spider bites: they were spreading, and they didn't itch. By Thursday my "spider bites" were painful at times. Saturday morning I decided that spider bites shouldn't be causing pain. Luckily, I was able to get in to the doctor, and I was told that I have shingles.
I'm on medication, and I go back to the doctor on Wednesday for a check-up. I can't be at school, because the shingles blisters are not all scabbed over and I'm contagious to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccine. Mom told me that she knows of people who have been hospitalized because the pain was so intense. The blisters that have scabbed over are incredibly ugly, and I read that they can cause scarring. If you Google images of shingles, I think you will be as shocked as I was to see what could happen.
Please, please, please... check with your doctor to see if you should have the shingles vaccine!