Friday, July 30, 2010


Shingles on my face of all places.....pain, blisters, swollen eyes and cheeks...YUK! I am so glad to have such a wonderful caring doctor who seems to have prescribed correctly (now on cortisone for 5 days to help relieve swelling) as it is at last starting to subside, just a tiny bit. Not nearly as painful as before and a little less swelling. Right eye closed right up this morning but now half open so that is great although vision a little blurred in that eye. Hope that's not permanent!!!

Dr Ken saye he will continue to see me every day until this is over and done with and I can't ask more than than from a very, very busy doctor and he bulk bills too which is fantastic for me, so no cost.

MOH has been wonderful and looks after me well and doesn't even laugh at how I look which is so kind of him. He is so concerned as hie mother had the same thing back in the 1940s and he remembers how she suffered. Of course back then only ointment to put on the face and cover it up with bandages. At least I don't have to do that with the advent of special medications etc. Great to be in the 21st century.

You can be thankful that I don't know how to publish photos as this would be one nobody would want to could be used to frighten children and that would not be nice.

I have some pics stored in my camera to show family just how awful their mother and grandmother looked.

When I think of how many people around the world are so much worse off than me I know I shouldn't complain but as said pain is my pain and I must be allowed at little grizzle now and again.


  1. Sorry to hear that, I had shingles as a 12 year old. It was very painful and I could have gone blind in one eye as it was following a nerve just above my eyebrow. The doctors were amazed as its very unusual for a child to have it. I had a friend pray for me and within 24 hours it had receded and I had no pain. It disappeared within a day or two. Once again the doctors were amazed : )

  2. I have a few above and around my eye too but am told it should be OK. Yes, it is amazing to have it so young so you must have had chicken pox when very young too. I wonder as you were so young whether it didn't affect you as much as it would an elderly person? I don't know enough about it to say one way or the other. Thanks Amanda.

  3. I'm sorry you are going through this, my brother had shingles when he was little and it was awful...sending you good wishes to feel better soon....

  4. Thanks for your good wishes and yes, it is awful. I am still scabby and it is still quite painful at times on top of which antibiotics I was taking caused another problem (one I really hate) and my back has packed in and I'm back to lots of physio etc. etc. You can see why I am not would all be moans and groans 'cos I feel so darned depressed and I know I shouldn't be 'cos I'm not REALLY ill but......once again, thanks.