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Health & Fitness > Shingles! in My Mouth!
 

Shingles! in My Mouth!


I'm alive!!

Wow has it been a crazy week and a half. Last Sunday, Oct 12, S and I were playing Bingo with my mom for her birthday. I felt off the whole day - like I was stoned (actually I had experienced the stoned feeling in waves that whole week). I tried enjoying the feeling but I couldn't because it was very odd, and a couple times I got queasy too. While I experienced something similar when I got pregnant, I knew that this was different.

I didn't go to work on Monday the 13th to try to sleep it off. Tuesday my left jaw and below it were all swollen and tender. I went to work, but went to the doctor, too. Turns out I had an ear infection and very swollen glands.

Tuesday was also my dad's 75th birthday and I couldn't cancel dinner out with him. I couldn't because it was HIS day. So I went and froze to death and had a miserable time, but smiled all the way through dinner. I won't have my dad with me forever, after all.

I got home Tuesday night and collapsed into the bed. Wednesday I woke and went through chills and sweats, chills and sweats. I didn't have an appetite but kept as much water down as I could.

Thursday was very much the same as Wednesday only I couldn't talk. I had some sores in my mouth that were big and very painful. I couldn't eat ANYTHING other than liquids - and even that was extremely painful.

Friday, S stayed home and drove me to the doctor. I had SHINGLES. IN MY MOUTH! Even the doctor seemed a bit disturbed by this. I guess we all carry the virus in us but it usually doesn't come out unless there's some harsh trauma or something. And I guess my earache and swollen glands brought out the shingles.

Oh god! I couldn't brush my teeth or anything. I was so weak from not eating. All I could do was lay in the bed.

Saturday I did leave the house to go see JERSEY BOYS. It was my dad's gift and there was no way I could not go... and I'm so glad I went. Yes I was pretty miserable but my dad had a blast - and that meant everything to me. As soon as we dropped off my dad, we came home and I went to bed.

Sunday I was in bed all day watching Lifetime Movies.

Monday/yesterday I had a doctor's appointment and was so tired from the visit that I came home and went to bed. (I lost 10 pounds though!)

I'm feeling better as far as the earache and swollen glands are concerned (my glands were so swollen last week that I had to put a heating pad on them!), but the shingles are still there. :( The sores have subsided a great deal thanks to Valtrex, the blue pill for Herpes, but it's still very difficult to eat anything and it still hurts a great deal if anything touches the sores.

But I'm getting there and I expect by Friday, I'll be enjoying some big old cheeseburger and boy can I not wait!

Honestly I have no clue how this would've all worked had I still been pregnant. I'd be four months along... I'm not sure I would've been able to take the Valtrex and the antibiotic that I'm on! Scary thoughts, to be honest. Or what if we already had a child? I could barely gather the strength to go the the bathroom let alone take care of another little person! Cannot imagine.

I also couldn't imagine surviving the week without S. That man is my rock. And I cannot wait to finally put my mouth all over him again.

posted on Oct 21, 2008 10:10 AM ()

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Yikes... that sound pretty icky n' painful! I hope you're recovering okay... and I love your last line!
comment by mellowdee on Oct 29, 2008 1:01 PM ()
I was doing fine with yer descriptions until that last line, but I re-read it and got my mind out of the gutter and understood what ya meant.... Glad yer getting better!!
comment by jwrone on Oct 25, 2008 9:32 AM ()
Yikes, sure hope you feel better soon..*huggers*
comment by elfie33 on Oct 24, 2008 12:55 PM ()
I feel for you! I had shingles about 6 years ago after a traumatic car accident. It was from my knee up to my lower back. I was never in my life so exhausted and miserable. Please take care of yourself!
comment by nikilovestoeat on Oct 22, 2008 4:19 PM ()
Hope you're feeling much better by the time you read this! I hear ya. I use Spike as an example of why I should not have children.
comment by spicybitch on Oct 22, 2008 10:40 AM ()
Best wishes for a fast, complete recovery. I guess a person can get shingles anywhere there are nerves for them to affect, but dang! you really got a bad deal there.
comment by troutbend on Oct 22, 2008 6:38 AM ()
Incredible...in your mouth? Sorry to hear about this but it was really nice what you did for your father while you suffered! Sending th very best for a quick recovery!
comment by strider333 on Oct 21, 2008 8:45 PM ()
Oh, Stu that's so bizarre. I've heard that Shingles is the virus left over from the chicken pox and that there's an expensive vaccine that you can get. A former boss of mine said it was so painful.

I'm happy that you are getting better! And that you have your rock of a DH to take care of you!
comment by sexysadie on Oct 21, 2008 4:39 PM ()
Oh my goodness, you poor thing! I'm so glad that your husband was there with you. This post brought back memories of when you had your cast. I remember feeling so badly for you. But shingles in the mouth?! Feel better, Stu. I'm thinking of you.
comment by janetk on Oct 21, 2008 2:24 PM ()
I'm just getting over shingles myself, so I hear your pain but..in your mouth
comment by firststarisee on Oct 21, 2008 1:55 PM ()
I didn't know you miscarried... I am so very sorry!

Hope you are feeling better! I never knew you could get shingles in the mouth...
comment by greeneyedgemini on Oct 21, 2008 10:47 AM ()
I have never heard of shingles in the mouth. They are so very painful anyway, but in the mouth--terrible. I hope that you will be able to enjoy that cheeseburger before long. I, too, loved the ending line!
comment by angiedw on Oct 21, 2008 10:37 AM ()
I love the ending line...
I am soooo sorry you had to go through this though! Dayum! Ouch!!!
I hope you are feeling better soon as well!
comment by kristilyn3 on Oct 21, 2008 10:18 AM ()

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