Shingles too? Really?

Turning your immune system off is a shitty thing to have to do. Apparently with no immune system not only are you more susceptible to all the nasties floating around out there (maybe it’s just as well that I basically don’t leave the house) but things that have passively sat inside you without bothering you for a quarter century can suddenly roar into life. Like shingles. Otherwise known as chickenpox. Mostly commonly got by women on their butts. Actually 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their life (that’s a lot!), but mostly when they are seniors or are under a lot of stress. Or if they have no immune system. As though someone’s life who’s dealing with an autoimmune condition isn’t difficult, boring, and uncomfortable enough: ass blisters!

This post is almost definitely TMI, but at this point I can’t imagine seeing almost anyone I actually know ever again, so it’s just like sending this off into the void. Also some advice for anyone who finds themselves in a similar predicament (that will be 1 in 3 of you): this living clay stuff seemed to really help soothe the rash and keep most of it from blistering.

Up until now I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping myself occupied with writing, cooking, researching jobs, researching miscellaneous interesting things, and (of course) reading novels, all of which seem like pretty productive activities to me. But now I’m getting so bored of cooking–how do people stay interested in this?! I can’t even stay interested in eating and having to make something from scratch three times a day is really starting to test my patience. Food is boring, cooking is boring, writing could be a lot more inspiring (hopefully NaNoWriMo will help), the cats are boring… Finally caved and downloaded The Sims 3 on my laptop and have mostly lain around on the couch all week with my brain leaking out my ears trying to move as little as possible while directing little virtual people to do all the cooking and cleaning and life living.

Update: leftover oxycodone and listening to My Dad Wrote A Porno (such a brilliant podcast) did make cooking somewhat more entertaining today than yesterday.

One thought on “Shingles too? Really?

  1. You poor thing! Shingles is part of what triggered my Fibromyalgia. It wasn’t a fun experience. I take L-lysine everyday and I haven’t had a cold sore (same virus family) in 2 years, so I’m hoping it will also keep the shingles at bay. Hope it resolves quickly.

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