So that none of you will hide in fear next time you see me, here are a few basic details:
- Anyone that has ever had chicken pox has the shingles virus inside their body forever. It lies dormant in your body but can "wake up" if your immune system is weakened.
- You can't catch shingles from someone else who has it. If you've never had chicken pox (or the vaccine) and you were to touch the blisters, then you could develop chicken pox. So basically, I am not going to be asking to hold your newborn babies (while I'm topless or otherwise) any time in the near future, but the rest of you should be safe.
- It is unpleasant. The main symptoms for me are the blisters/rash around my rib cage/back and (the worst part) muscle pain in my back that will not go away. The back pain has made it impossible for me to sleep, so that has really been the most frustrating part so far.
So with all that in mind, my current condition has been making every day this week "special" in the sarcastic sense. But since there's always a silver lining, here are a few things that my day actually special yesterday:
1. Free lunch at work
The building I work in catered lunch from The Black-eyed Pea and even though it wasn't particularly tasty, I'm always thankful for a meal I don't have to buy or prepare! I don't have a picture, so you'll just have to take my word that this happened.
2. Candy Cane grams
As a fundraiser for the MS150, my company did Candy Cane grams (remember when they did this on Mean Girls?). After a busy morning of meetings, it was fun to come back to these on my desk:
3. These two (and their daddy, of course):
And while we're on the topic, what's going to make TODAY special is that I get to get out of the office to attend an off-site training seminar and tonight I'm going to happy hour with a couple of friends.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find my dentures and get the tires checked on my wheelchair. Stay healthy, my friends!