I have shingles. That’s the salt in my wound right now.
It started early last week with a strange soreness and tenderness on my skin over my right hip. It felt like a sunburn, but one that went below the skin. It was kind of achy no matter what I did. That sensation spread in what we (in the medical field) call a “dermatomal” pattern across my abdomen and back – basically in a band, but only on one side of my body. I was just waiting for the rash to appear…but my plans were to head to Nantucket on wednesday to see my family – so we went. Within hours of our arrival, I noticed a cluster of little red bumps where I was feeling the discomfort – basically a classic shingles presentation. Thankfully, my father is a physician and confirmed what I already knew, and got me started on anti-viral medication.
My oncologist’s office wasn’t happy about prescribing me medication over the phone….but thanks to today’s technology, I was able to email pictures of my rash to them (kinda cool!).
Unfortunately, my chemo for monday is canceled…and rescheduled for thursday afternoon. So my first Taxol infusion will be a late one – not starting until 3pm and it takes 3 hours to infuse (and that doesn’t include the pre-medications). The nurse I usually have for my infusions doesn’t work on thursdays, which stinks.
So it’s a salty annoyance, but it could definitely be worse.
And right now I’m on Nantucket with my family, so life here isn’t rough 🙂