Welp... I have shingles. Huge holiday bummer. I have actually had them once before. When I was planning my wedding my grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The stress built and one day I broke out in this odd rash. Amazingly, I recognized it fast and got on the anti-viral medication quickly and it wasn't that bad.
This time around I once again have a tad bit of stress (ahhh hahaha) between Missy's treatments, baby #2 stress, money stress, my masters class ( I got an A!), and the holidays. I got what I thought was some sort of odd bug bite or spider bite on my chest several days ago. It itched like there was no tomorrow. And it ached, oh how it ached. But... it was just a bite of some sort. A bite that hurt to touch, and yet that I scratched so much in my sleep that it would bleed (lovely, I know). Then, yesterday two more popped up right in line with it, and they had the distinct blister look to them. And then today, three more are brewing. I went to the doctor, she took one look and announced "Shingles!"
So back on anti-viral meds I go. Here's hoping I caught it early enough again to where it won't be a huge deal. My holiday break starts at 5pm today, and I wont be back at work until the first week of January. That will definitely help too.