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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I've Been Sick

I've said many times that old age isn't for wusses. The past few days have proven my theory.

Thursday afternoon I was weeding the garden, around the dogwood and rose campions. When I finished, my right hip was itching, and when I inspected it, it was covered with some red welts. Well, yuck. The next morning, I had blistering on my back. The fact that we don't have a lot of mirrors was not bewailed -- I was glad I couldn't see what was feeling hot and --ewwwwww!

I was able to get to a doctor (actually, a nurse practitioner) within a few hours. Her diagnosis? "Ewwwwww." (I could have gone into medicine.) Shingles!

Now, my drug program doesn't kick in until day after tomorrow. The meds cost almost $200. But I'm getting better. I don't know if the pills did it -- I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. But I found a tube of Aloe Vera cream in the medicine chest. Aha! AHHHHHHHH! Good stuff. I seem to recall it was in a Sunshine Basket Hubby got when he had his gallbladder surgery -- so it didn't cost us anything.

Nope, this side of 65 isn't for the faint of heart. Just looking in the mirror will turn your hair white.


Blogger Penelope Marzec said...

Sorry to hear about the shingles. I hope you're all over it by now.

9:17 AM  

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