case the body part above is indistinguishable, it's my knee/thigh.)
Last Tuesday, what began as a small dot (I thought was a bug bite)
turned into a small rash. Over the course of six days, the rash got
worse, developed blisters, and started spreading to other parts of
my upper right leg. The pain also became more severe (sometimes unbearable)...a
constant stabbing and burning sensation. By Saturday, I noticed an
onset of new random dots and began to worry.
This evening I went to see a dermatologist friend, and discovered
that I have Herpes
Zoster (aka..'shingles'). I was surprised by the diagnosis, because
(up until today) I have always associated this disease with the elderly.
Having spent the last couple of months traveling a lot with a toddler,
being busy/stressed (in spurts), and recently recovering from an illness
most likely activated the virus. *shrug* Who knows. I'm just relieved
to know what I have and can begin treatment. However, I did feel a
little foolish for not seeking treatment earlier. Denial is such
a foible. =P
realized that this is the 3rd disgusting rash picture I've posted
on my site. I assure you that we're not falling apart. *knock on wood*
Please don't treat us like lepers. HAHAHA!...kidding.
was a nice day. Ashlyn surprised me by sleeping in...which allowed
me to sleep in. We got up and met Grace at the gym. I noticed that
my energy level is higher...I'm able to stay on the eliptical machine
longer, increase my strides per minute, keep my heart rate above 130,
and not struggle with it as much as last week. *thumbs up!* =D
I didn't get a chance to work on my arms or legs on the individual
machines today because a certain somebody whose name rhymes with "Hash-Win"
started crying in Daycare. hehehe
and I grabbed a salad then went home.
after seeing our dermatologist friend, Aric, Ashlyn, and I went to
the pharmacy to pick up meds. We also had a late dinner with Ed and
Sue at Red Robin. Wow!...It's like the 5th consectutive day we've
seen them. Starting to feel like old times. hehehe =)
out a new toy
Ashlyn's pics of the day