I went through the Mayo Clinic website’s slides of common rashes. Nope…nope…nope…and then, finally…shit, shingles?

This would explain the half-body aches I’ve been having. But the rash is the tell-tale sign. Not on my face or by my eye, thankfully.

It’s always fun to blog about serious medical conditions. If it is, indeed, shingles, I’ll have some legitimate griping to do. It sees to get a lot worse before it gets better. Being immunosuppressed might even make this a little scary. (You see “rare cases…death” in articles about shingles).

I was thinking a few days ago that it would really suck to die from something stupid like West Nile Disease. (It can be quite dangerous for the immunosuppressed). Shingles would be on that list of stupid things to die from. (And by “stupid” in this context, I mean illnesses that don’t kill most of the people afflicted. Malignant brain tumors, pancreatic cancer, and speeding drunk drivers…also stupid causes of deaths. What’s not a stupid thing to die from? Natural causes at age 95 (see Phyllis Diller)? I don’t know…)

If it’s not shingles, maybe it’s just an allergy to shitty neighbors.

I’ll go to urgent care in the morning.


One thought on “Shit…shingles?

  1. FWIW, I’m convinced my Babaloo had West Nile a couple of weeks ago: The insane fever, body aches, nausea, swollen lymph nodes (only on one side and ditto with the worst of the muscle aches), vertigo… he’s on the mend, whatever it was, and the one symptom he never got was the rash that accompanies it. Apparently, it’s a “maculopapular rash”, similar to Shingles. The Babaloo was over the worst of it before we even thought of the mosquito bites he’d had the week before the fever, and it was probably too late to be tested for it by the time we realized what it was. (This is why cities have ‘no confirmed cases’.)

    Feel better, and go get checked out, man.

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