FAQs: What causes shingles? Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus, to be exact). After you get chicken pox, the virus lives dormant in your body for the rest of your life. If the virus becomes reactivated and your body doesn't fight it off right away, you get shingles. So if you've ever had chicken pox, you may get shingles some time in your life. Also, if you've had chicken pox or the vaccine for it, you can't catch shingles from Rebecca because your body already has antibodies to it.
Aren't shingles really, really, REALLY painful? Often yes, but not always. My dad had shingles a few months ago and they were agony for him. I first noticed mine four days ago, and so far they just itch a lot (knock on wood).
How do you treat shingles? Antiviral medications help attack the virus so your body can contain the outbreak more quickly. I'm taking Valtrex, which is really funny to me.
Is it contagious? It is very contagious and it's spread by coming in contact with the rash. Luckily, Rob has had chicken pox, so he won't be affected by it. Unfortunately, Gavin has not had chicken pox or the vaccine, and the vaccine isn't given until 12 months old.
Where is this rash? It is on my torso, just under my right breast. And yes, I am nursing.
Please wish us luck that Gavin hasn't been exposed and won't become infected or we will have one very unhappy baby boy on our hands. (The mom wouldn't be too happy, either.)
I'm turning 30 this year. Crazy, huh? What with my impending old age, I have been thinking about my future and trying to plan ahead. I opened a Roth IRA in February because it seemed like the responsible thing to do. So far it has accrued $0.02 in interest. Boy, do I feel a warm, fuzzy sense of security!
We had pictures taken of Gavin when he was two weeks old. Mindy Black was the photographer. I noticed on her website that she is affiliated with an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
I had never heard of this organization before, so I checked out their website. Basically, professional photographers volunteer their services to people who lose their babies so that they have something to remember them by. Watch the video under the "About NILMDTS" tab; it shares a really touching story.
What a wonderful concept! If I knew in advance I were losing my baby, I doubt I would think to have a photographer come. I wanted to share this information, but pray that no one I know will ever have the need for it. Today I am even more grateful for my little guy and hope I can cherish every moment we have together.