I’m on an enforced break from work for a week because of coming down on Thursday with a case of shingles. I had it just over 20 years ago, but thankfully, this time round is mild and nothing like the agony before. This is completely owing to catching it early, there really is a narrow window in which the treatment works at its most effective. In my case, I mistook the first signs for a coldsore outbreak and treated it post haste with the one dose anti viral tablets you buy over the counter at the pharmacy. When other symptoms popped up over the next couple of hours, I had a firm suspicion on what it was. Call it muscle memory, or maybe I’m still traumatised by the first time I had shingles, but my hunch was right. The doctor said I had caught it extremely early and to expect the maximum effectiveness from the medication. I am lucky, the early intervention has stopped it in its tracks and I am only experiencing the most mild of cases. Still, it’s been put down to stress and the doctor insisted on a week off. Easy for him when you are paid a specialist salary. I haven’t worked in my job long enough to accrue the sick leave to furnish this wellness break. Trying not to stress about that! In truth though, even though it’s only mild, I still do have blotches on my face that itch and a general feeling of blah, so he’s right. I do need the break.
Speaking of break, my washing machine decided it needed one too, so it stopped working. Ughhh! Fortunately it’s only new and still under warranty. Even so, said break coincided with both of my boys returning from their school holiday trips away with bags bulging with washing. Of course they did.
What I’ve been watching:
Under orders from my eldest son who insisted I watch this because he thought I’d like it. I think he just wants someone in-house to talk to about it. Either way, I watched it for him and he was right, it’s quite enjoyable, although I don’t really know the Marvel universe enough to fully understand everything. We’re now waiting on the final episode which will drop on Wednesday.
It’s really just a soap opera but it’s so easy to watch! Season three of Virgin River arrived just in time for shingles and a couple of days before my boys got home. The timing couldn’t have been better.
What I’ve been reading:
Until next week… 😊☕📚