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29 May 2008 @ 11:02 pm
An update on my poor, shingled hubby! :(  
Mark finally went in to see his primary care physician this morning and was shocked to hear the doctor say to him that his was the single worst case of shingles he had EVER seen in someone as young as Mark. Of course his next question to him was just why didn't he go in to have a doctor look at him earlier... :P

Poor guy... in addition to the bout of shingles on his back & sides (it starts at his spine and wraps around his entire mid-section to his chest) he's begun to break out on his face and neck. Not the same as the shingles on his back, but more like random red welts - similar to pimples or what might look like chicken pox - which the doctor told him was unrelated to his shingles. I'm assuming it's impossible to get shingles and chicken pox at the same time, but that's totally what it looks like to me.

He's been getting a lot of rest, which he needs, and has finally seen his doctor - so I can finally rest a little easier...

On a MUCH different note, I've come to the conclusion that when a certain co-worker and I travel together to visit the neighbor island branches for work, chaos will certainly ensue... :P Two weeks ago we were scheduled to go to Maui... I panicked when 10 minutes before boarding I didn't see him in the holding area... So I called his cell, only to hear, "Today was Maui?" :P

I also have to mention that his name is VERY common and on some master TSA list so when I travel with him, I can never just check in - I have to wait the 15 or so minutes that it takes for them to find out that my travel companion is not a criminal and can actually board the flight...

Then, during our scheduled trip yesterday (which he thankfully showed up for) ;) no one from the ground crew informed us that our flight had been cancelled and that they were routing everyone to Maui on the EARLIER flight that was about to take off any second... Thankfully we made it there, but we almost didn't make it home... Our business lunch ended at 1:15pm in Kihei (which is about 40 minutes to the Kahului airport in the afternoon) and our flight was boarding at 1:33pm - and leaving at 2:03pm. It was 1:15pm and we still had to drive back to the branch to drop the branch manager and my rep off, drive to the airport, return the car... I'd almost given up before we began and turned to my co-worker and told him, "We've missed our flight..."

Amazingly, even with only one lane open all the way to the airport (the city and county picked yesterday to paint the lines on all the median strips in Maui... ARGH!), all the things we needed to do, AND me driving we actually made it on our plane. I could hear my name being called on the loudspeaker, "Last call - Sheri Fujimoto... please report to gate 17 for your flight to Honolulu... doors will be closing in one minute" as we were running across the airport to the gate. We got there JUST before they closed the doors - I have NEVER been that close to missing a flight... EVER!

On the plane ride home, my co-worker and I discussed the fact that even though we enjoy each other's company we both never want to fly together to a neighbor island again... ;)
Current Mood: tiredtired
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on May 30th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Shingles and chicken pox are caused by the same virus. When someone gets over chicken pox the virus stays in your body and basically lies dormant until something triggers it. (It could be stress or any number of other factors triggering it.) It is my understanding that usually it lives in the nerve endings while it's dormant, and the shingles themselves often originate along the nerves so the rash follows the nerves. I don't know if you can have shingles and a chicken pox thing going on at the same time, but they are both caused by the herpes zoster virus so I guess anything's possible. My guess would be that the face and neck thing is related, but they would probably call it part of the shingles.

http://www.medicinenet.com/shingles/article.htm if you want more information.
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on May 31st, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the link - and the information! :) It's strange because his face and neck thing look nothing like his other shingles - in fact, its just a bunch of random welts, similar to what I recall of chicken pox... But I bet it is related - maybe it's an allergic reation to his meds? Not too sure...
ajayne on May 30th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Poor Mark. I really hope he's feeling better soon. I can't even imagine the misery he's in.

What an adventure you had for the business trip. I can't blame you for not wanting to travel with that co-worker again. ;)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 31st, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment! Mark's feeling a bit better, but he's still dealing with the brunt of the shingles... :(

And whenever my co-worker and I travel, I know things are going to go awry!! :D He blames me, and I blame him. ;)
ajayne on June 1st, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Glad to hear he's feeling a bit better.

That's so funny about the traveling with your co-worker always goes awry. Makes for some fun tales though.
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on May 30th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Your poor hubbie. Now is there anything they can do for him? Medicine or something?
Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on May 31st, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
He's been taking medication (that he got from the ER doctor on Monday night...) For shingles I believe that you just have to let it run its course.
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on May 31st, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oh ok. I didn't know if there was anything he could take to just get rid of them. Wishful thinking I guess. Well I sure hope he gets well soon.

How do you get shingles?
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on May 30th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor Mark! That's dreadful! I hope he can start healing now!

Regarding traveling with your coworker - I'd go NUTZ!!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 31st, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
The poor guy is still dealing with the brunt of everything right now... It's a pretty bad case, the doctor told him - so I wouldn't be surprised if he's out for another two weeks...

And it's really funny about my travel adventures with my co-worker! We just can't travel together - we must be a bad combination - karma-wise - or something because nothing ever goes smooth when we travel together. ;)
karmastyxkarmastyx on June 2nd, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Wade got shingles two days before Wiley was born. He went to urgent care (we don't have insurance), and they gave him medication for them. The doctor said it can take 14 to 28 days to clear up, but you can feel pain from it for years. He couldn't be around the baby, and that's why he was unable to be at the birth. His was brought on by stress.

I really hope Mark feels better soon. It can be very painful I've heard. :( Keeping him in healthy thoughts.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 2nd, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh, that's right - Wade recently had it too!! And wow - 14 to 28 days? I'm glad to hear that Wade is doing much better now and he can be home with you and Wiley. :)

Mark's got a pretty bad case of it, I'm afraid. He's feeling a bit better now, but still dealing with it. How's Wade feeling now?

Thanks for the healthy thoughts, Mark will certainly appreciate them! :) HUGS!!!

BTW, how's the little man? :)
Carriecarrieh on June 3rd, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hi Sheri, hope Mark is recovered from the shingles soon. How nasty.