I was just getting prescriptions filled less than a week ago after seeing the doctor for an annoying recurring bug (first laryngitis type virus then nauseous); it occurred to me to mention it to the doctor but I didn’t, but remembered and asked the pharmacist: my husband had a small case of shingles in his back beneath his shoulder blade: he said that shingles is NOT contagious; The day before last during a meeting with my TM, my lower cheek was tingling and itching, I am not sure if she can me remember me excusing myself during our interaction for rubbing my face and saying I didn’t know what was going on. Thankfully, yesterday was a day off because, even though I grumbled about missing the Super Bowl, I had swapped Sunday’s 9 to 5 shift instead of an ugly 2pm to 10pm shift. My skin started to erupt and today it almost looks like I am a burn victim. I wasn’t even thinking shingles, but when the Hunkster Hubster had shingles, I did what most of us do: look it up on the internet. Let me emphasize that I do not condone self-diagnosis, always rule to see a doctor first. (I was taught this while my Awesome SONster was in and out of the hospital a lot as a baby)! To top THAT off, I had been invited for a video interview for a career position (not a job, like I am in now) with an international sustainability corporation (the environment is something I’m passionate about – please go to my optioneerJM blog where I wrote about how to use normal household objects instead of expensive manufactured, packaged, designed, marketing overhead products. Because I consider my main focus groups: INBETWEENERS (born 1960 to 1965, after the Baby Boomers, before Generation X, while likely parents of Millennials) ….. so here I am with this erupted sore face, I had to slather it with tons of foundation to try to hide it with massive amounts of cover up ….. wishing for the best: one thing I said in the video was a wholehearted response: just doing this video interview while I have a severe allergic reaction on my face, should demonstrate that I can bounce back from set backs. So later on this afternoon while I am waiting for my family to come home and stop over to celebrate my Awesome SONster’s birthday; 28th birthday……… read more on meanderingsABOUT
I came online to ask Google the question: “Can you get Shingles on your face?” and a plethora of information abounded. I read some of the symptoms and it registered with me to go beyond to take a look of the images of Shingles on faces …… pretty GROSS is an understatement. I WAS able, however, to find one that mirrored my own face. In fact, mine appears a lot more drastic. Trust me, it may be slightly redder from putting cover up and mega tons of foundation to cover up for the video interview I had on my agenda this afternoon. That, and preparing for my Awesome SONster’s 28th Birthday celebration. Not any lazing around.
YES you CAN get #shingles on your face!!
My lesson for the day: trust your instincts. If it is anything other than Shingles I will update my blog.
|This was me a week ago.
Lesson to you: If you are over 50, get the Shingles vaccine. If I had been given the proper information less than a week ago, I may have gotten the vaccine that very day. Less than a week later, ironically they must be contagious, just like chicken pox are.