Sep 23, 2012 - 12:36 pm
Hi everyone, Thank you all for worrying about me. I haven't read any of the posts yet, so I'm not sure what is out there...in the beginning of my absence here my parents were visiting and I wasn't feeling great. So all my energy went to that. After my parents went home I kinda fell apart physically.
I had been having fevers/chills for a portion of every day for a while, low grade controlled with tylenol, my parents were here and I was determined there would be no hospital, docs said it's a reaction to rads and should be ok. But my ears are also plugged up, the eustation tubes are inflammed, again a reaction to the rads, take motrin, it's an anti-inflammatory and should help. 3-4 days later, my ears are still plugged, my husband is talking to me in sign language, my son isn't even trying to talk to me, and my daughter keeps saying never mind. OK you probably have an infection, lets look. Yep it's an infection, both ears, try augmentin (antibiotioc). Broke out in a rash, stop augmentin you've had it long enough the infection should be gone. Benedryl for the rash.
Then my left eye starts swelling, that's another reaction to rads. A couple days later my eyes are so puffy I can barely open them and there are blisters on the skin (lid, bridge of my nose) on the left eye. Shortly after that, I'm throwing up, not common for me. The doc says go to the ER. It takes them 5 days (I think) to confirm it's shingles, get the pain under control, and send me home with massive prescriptions....that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I'm sure CC will relate when I say how nice that first shower at home was! and my own bed, my own coffee, my own clothes, my own toothbrush...you all get the idea.
I will spend lots of today trying to catch up on posts, but may not be able to get to everything. I'm having some trouble with my vision...part of it is my eyeglass prescription, part of it is eye drops and paid meds. So if I don't personally respond to a post, please don;t be offended...I probably just needed a break. My heart goes out to all the newbies...and I do know how difficult the waiting is for procedures and answers. If I feel that my response will truly add to the commentary...you bet I'll speak up!
..thank you again for worrying about me, thinking of me, and everything else. It is wonderful to have friends who check up on you and who care so much!