Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Kink In Our Plans

Gerry had what we thought were spider bites on her back and we were treating it with benadryl to relieve the itching.  It didn't seem to be working that well and she was having difficulty sleeping.  Then there appeared to be a couple more spider bites on her arm and it was an "oh oh" moment.  I finally convinced her that she should see a doctor and find out what this was all about.

She went to a local doctor to have an expert opinion of what it was.  By this time we both had ideas of the cause but didn't voice them out loud.  Yep, she has the shingles in three spots and they haven't spread beyond that for the last day or so.  That doesn't mean they won't but at least they aren't running rampant.  She is on medication to help with the shingles and hopefully she caught it in time to avert a full blown shingles attack.  Say a little prayer for her that it doesn't go into that.

I've been applying bendaryl spray to the affected areas and it seems to help a little.  Ahhhhh, the Golden Years!!  Now we will have to wait and see how it goes.

Other than it is raining again up here on the mountain, there isn't a lot interesting to write about.  We did watch a good movie last night called "The Internship" with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.  They are salesmen selling watches and the company goes out of business since nobody wears a watch anymore.

They wind up as summer interns at Google and team up with 4 others to try and win a job with Google.  It is a funny movie about gaps in ages and newer technology.  I don't want to say more about the movie but we both enjoyed it a lot.  No car chases or murders for those who like that but there is a good study of human nature.

BTW:  I had shingles about 10 years ago and it wrapped around 1/2 of my body and was quite an experience.  The doctors misdiagnosed it and I wound up at the Miami Heart Institute with the experts thinking it was a heart attack.  $75,000 later after the procedure a male nurse diagnosed the problem as shingles.  1/2 of the doctors finish in the bottom of the class and I must have gotten the bottom finisher in that group.  I did find that my arteries were fine and not clogged up.

Stay tuned for the next saga in our life.



  1. Not a fun thing to have. Thoughts and prayers to you both and especially Gerry

  2. Our friend Bill handle shingles last summer and boy is it miserable. Sure hope they caught Gerry's soon enough to keep it from being too bad. Both Jim and I have had the shingles vaccine so I'm sure hoping it works for us.

  3. Prayers for Gerry. Hope it was caught in time and not go into bad stuff.

  4. Been there, done that, got the shot even though I had to pay for it out of my own pocket. Take the meds when they're due and good luck.