When having a comprised immune system I don’t necessarily get colds and the flu but I pick up other strange things like Shingles. What is shingles; Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. I had the chickenpox as a child so therefore it is my understanding that anyone who had chickenpox can carry the Shingle virus and it can be dormant for many years or forever but is prominent in people over the age of 60 which I’m not, people who had chickenpox before the age of 1, I had them but not before the age of 1, or people with comprised immune systems. Ding Ding that is me.
I realized I had it when I saw the blisters and look it up on line. It is painful to most people but because I live with a certain level of pain this did not faze me. Also, there is a certain tingle or numbness that goes along with it. I don’t have any of that. I did get on the antiviral medicine within 72 hours but my blisters were already fully formed so my chances of having it again are increased. The hope is that I can tell when the next bought comes on and get on the medicine quickly. Stress will probably be my next trigger so without living in a bubble how does one not have some stress? I do daily yoga, I eat right, I exercise daily, I rest when I need to, and I recognize when I’m dealing with fatigue and take care of it. Even as I’m sitting in the doctor office going over all this he turns to me and makes the comment that with MCTD and Shingles I’m still probably healthier than most of the people he sees in a normal day.
My Rheumatologist did not want to come into his office because all his patients have compromised immune systems and I would be a danger to all of them. I usually do everything through him but instead I worked through a different doctor that my Rheumatologist worked with. I will need to be careful around people for about 2 weeks and I can have zero interaction with my nephew for 2 weeks. That is really hard for me but I realize I cannot jeopardize his health.