Friday, I had to take my mother in law to the airport. Hubby was working, so it was a roadtrip with her and then by myself on the way home. This wasn’t a problem, but I noticed on the way home I was getting a sharp stabbing pain in my upper shoulder and above my breast on the same side. It got worse as the day went on, and I had no idea why. Well, Saturday morning I woke up to have a slight rash in both the areas. I happened to see my midwife at a birthday party of a mutual friend that day, and she had a look at it. I thought it was PUPPS, but she said it was probably shingles. As the weekend went on, I was sure she was right.
Today I went to the GP who officially diagnosed it as shingles. It’s now turned into a blistering, itchy, and slightly painful rash. I can’t wait until the blisters burst, because that will bring some relief, I think (and hope and pray). Thank the Lord there is no risk to the baby for me to have shingles. There is a risk to my husband, though. He grew up in Granada (until he was 10) and didn’t have chicken pox as a child. He has had the vaccine, but I’m still a little concerned that he could contract it. So, I’ve been sleeping on the couch and we’ve been keeping our distance as much as we can. Hopefully that does the trick.
I was prescribed an antiviral medication to take to speed things up, but I think I’ve decided against taking it. Shingles runs its course whether you take the meds or not, and this late in my pregnancy, I feel it’s more of a risk to the baby than I want to take. So, a few more days (hopefully) and it will run its course.
I’ve also lost my appetite a bit today. Nothing tastes right, and when I eat, I feel like I might throw it up. Hopefully I’m eating enough for bub. I’m eating all I can stomach.
Anyway, hope none of you get this! I feel like an old lady, but at least the baby will get antibodies from it and I won’t have to have it again when I am an old lady (most likely).