Hubby has got shingles. It started last Sunday when he reported that he had a real pain in the side (other than me) but nothing was visible, except there was a ?mole which we hadn’t noticed before. I sent him to the G.P’s on Monday so that it could be checked, G.P said that the mole was fine and the pain was muscular. Tuesday evening Hubby was very,very uncomfortable, so I inspected his side again and there it was, a nasty little shingles rash. Next morning he was back at the G.P’s, if you can start Acyclovir within 72 hours there is a chance that it can reduce the severity of the virus so early prescribing was imperative as I was desperate he would no be too poorly. I sound so caring, but actually I was being really selfish because we had plans for a weekend break. Friday morning came and I had made the decision we would not go away, he was so uncomfortable that his sleep was disturbed and I felt that it was unkind to expect him to leave his comfort zone (chair in front of the telly) just because it was our wedding anniversary. We went though, totally his decision and, despite his shingles and my post-op discomfort, we did have an enjoyable couple of days away, we are both absolutely shattered now though!
I was reviewed by the doc on Thursday and have been declared unfit for work for a further 4 weeks, had not seen the new ‘sick notes’ before, I do think they are better though as they give the doc an opportunity to give advise about the conditions under which the patient may return to work so they should have the ability to reduce the length of sick-leave.