A Nasty Case Of Shingles

Disclosure: This is not medical advice, only my personal story of my experience to inform and educate.

Shingles is no fun.

Since the end of July, I have been sick with a nasty case of Shingles. It started as a nasty itch on my back that couldn’t be satisfied.

Then I awoke one morning, before the sun had graced the sky, feeling like I had been shot or stabbed through the shoulder (not that I have any idea what that feels like, but one can imagine). The worst pain of my life and I know what childbirth feels like. This was worse. If it had been on the left side, I would have thought my heart, but I had no idea what was going on.


So, there I was, itchy back, horrible pain that won’t stop, and no clue what was going on. Enter the clusters of sores, not very many (thank you, Lord), maybe 30. They were itchy, like little tiny spiders crawling all over.

shoulder pain

The very bad pain was only there that one morning. The rest of the time it has been itchies and shooting pains at random intervals. The pain and itching was bad, but somewhat tolerable by alternating pain meds and not letting it lapse. Having the meds wear off was the last thing I wanted to let happen.

daily life

I was managing well, coping with Birthdays (Moses, Daddy, Grandpa), our Anniversary and a surprise visit from relatives, and more birthdays (my sister, Malachi, grandma Jess, and our nephew).


Five little sores got infected (not for lack of effort on my part). Next came antibiotics and stronger pain meds and more rest. The antibiotics have been done for a little over a week now and the sores are mostly healed now, except for one little hold out.

I am still experiencing itching sensations and sharp shooting pains. I am still tired and drained which is the main reason I have not been writing here as often as I would have liked.

I have learned a few things: 

  • When you have chickenpox as a child, the disease lays dormant in your nerve endings and can come back as shingles.
  • Shingles is a viral infection of the nerve endings.
  • If you can catch it within 72 hours they can give you something (viral medication) to make it run its course faster and with less side effects.
  • There is also a nerve medicine that I can try, but I have not picked any up yet. I have so much to
  • My shingles were not as bad as they could have been.
  • I have also learned that it can take several months for the itching sensation and shooting pain to subside, so basics come first.

Basics include:

I have so much to tell you, but less energy than I need to go around. I am sure I will catch up eventually, but for now it is what it is.

While you are waiting for another post from me, you can Google “shingles” and learn all about it.

Disclosure: This is not medical advice, only my personal story of my experience to inform and educate.

Being Adaptable For Your Special Needs Student

Elisha struggles with printing. Each time he is faced with printing he freaks out and has a melt down. These meltdowns are significantly smaller and much less frequent than when we first started homeschooling 5 years ago.

We have tried a variety of methods for making things easier for him. Not all of these things works every time, so I have to think on the fly and pull things out of my hat at a minute’s notice.

Yesterday he was struggling with putting pen to paper to complete some simple multiplication problems. He hit a mental road block. What seems so simple to me is an impossible task to him.

He tried printing math questions out on the iPad but these questions were too big and don’t fit on the screen when he drew them with his finger.

I tried printing out special graph paper for him to use, but he wouldn’t have any of it.

What he really needed was to step away and clear his head with a cup of tea (it would have been coffee, but we were all out).

When he came back, he was ready to work. I hand printed all his questions out on the graph paper. One question per page. He worked all the questions out on the 1/2 inch graph paper, talking out each question as he went.

My helpful hint for today is to be ADAPTABLE.

I am linking up with Helpful Homeschool Hints. I don’t know if you noticed, but the Helpful Homeschool Hints has moved to the Homeschool Classroom. Take a few moments and visit to see what everyone else has to share.

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