Several years ago I had a routine appointment with my G.P to check my medications and I decided to show him an interesting pattern of what I thought were mosquito bites on my tummy. He took one look and said’ I hope you haven’t been working, that’s shingles‘. It was a particularly sultry summer, I had just started as a community midwife, and I had assumed that the feeling unwell was environmental, long hours, hot car, and the itchy. painful nature of the ‘bites’ was due to their number and the heat. Since then I have been practically neurotic about developing shingles again, mainly because all the women and babies I had seen whilst I was working and infectious needed to be been contacted as it is not good for pregnant women or newborns to develop chicken-pox.
For the last two days I have been super-tired, head-achy and one side of my rib cage has been painful. Last night my clothes just touching the area were painful, there was tingling and every so often it felt like someone was sticking pins in it. I’ve looked, Hubby’s looked but there is no rash, slightly red perhaps but nothing that looks like mozzie bites. Today it has definitely got worse. It’s the weekend so no Docs around to consult, and anyway there isn’t anything to show. I am getting stressed though, because of the boys. I’ve read and I’ve read and I think that shingles is only infectious when there is a rash, and then only when the blisters are wet, like chicken pox, but I’m not sure. Hey, it’s probably not varicella anyway but I really don’t want to take any chances. I want to know. I’m really, really p****d off. Either the pain should go away, or a rash appear, I hate not knowing.