Monday, May 10, 2010

Mothers Day, Shingles & Presents

Unfortunately I couldn't be with my mom yesterday because she lives in Utah, but I had a great day. It started out with my cards & presents. My hubby got me a new phone-Envy3 (my old one was broken & randomly turned off throughout the day...annoying), I also got two massage certificates from the kids-Woo Hoo.

This definitely will come in handy since my new diagnosis of Shingles last week (ya, had no idea what it even was!) Leave it to me to get some random old person thing (it comes from the chicken pox virus & can flare up when your immune system is down or you are stressed, usually after the age of 60!). Weird cuz I didn't think I was stressed, but maybe my lack of sleep (4 hrs a night) is wearing me down.

More about that later.

Anyways, next we went to church in the morning & my oldest son Josh surprised me & met me there, (it made me cry!) Then we headed out to my mother in laws for lunch/dinner. My sister in laws surprised me with a gorgeous necklace and Jullien emailed me an AMAZING poem that he wrote for me. I'm so blessed to have such an incredible family!

Now to finish this post about the shingles thing. I had a severe headache last weekend for two days, followed by crazy itching on my upper chest. There was a deep red circle with little blisters. I had no clue what it was so I popped them thinking it would stop the itching. The next day (still itching like crazy) I went to work & showed my boss (also my good friend).
She said, "Ummm that looks like shingles, my ex husband had it."

I made a quick call to the Dr. & they got me right in. Sure enough...she was right. They gave me some ointment & medicine to help the symptoms stay mild.

Yesterday I woke up with another small itchy cluster on my shoulder! It also sends some sharp shooting pains down through the muscles (like I said it's a virus from chickenpox, that travels through your nerves.) I've been pretty lucky though, other than the itching, I've only had a little bit of pain.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the rashes stop (they can scar).

But even shingles couldn't ruin my day!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great day! You deserve it ;)

KC Mom said...

I'm so sorry. I've heard shingles are so painful. My best friend's husband has gotten them twice in the last few years. He's only 40. Glad you had a good Mother's Day though.

bravegrrl said...

sorry to hear about the shingles... but you are lucky that it is something you can totally control. you definitely need to get sleep. and on a regular basis :) i hope you feel better!

thanks so much for emailing me... that was very sweet! and you are an amazing writer!!!!

i am doing good. i am actually a very happy person by nature, but i had a "challenging" day with my family, specifically my sister... i am kind of the black sheep, so thanks for the kind words :)

happy belated mothers day! you are beautiful! and your sons exude your same vitality :)


Kimmy said...

So glad to hear you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Mine was also pretty nice :O)

Sorry about the shingles though. That is strange.

Oh, and totally love your profile pic! Gorgeous!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Nice to know you had a wonderful day.

Leesa said...

Hi Lis-

Ohhhh... I'm sorry to hear about the Shingles... I know it's very painful, annoying and all of that... I hope you get rid of it soon!

Oh the other side of things, it sounds like you had a really wonderful mom's day... You really deserve it... You have a wonderfully adorable family and I know that you feel very blessed to have them around you.. You are... There is nothing more wonderful in life than to have a loving and supportive family! I see that in yours when I look at your pictures and read your blog!
You are all truly blessed!

Love to you -- a little late - for Mom's Day- It's on May 30th here in France, so I'm actually still early in wishing you that in regards to the French celebration.. La Fête des Mères!

Take care,

MedaM said...

I am sorry to hear about Shingles. My husband had it several years ago so I can understand how you are feeling. Everything will be ok but you have to be patient and disciplined. I know it isn’t easy at all but you have to think about yourself and to sleep more. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.
I am glad you had a wonderful Mother’s day and to have such an incredible family but you are wonderful person too, so you deserve it.
Wonderful photo of you and your handsome sons!