Today I am thankfu for painkillers. Panadol, ibuprofen, lyrica - you rock. Shingles - you suck.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
In my last post, I wrote about how I've got shingles. +3 isn't faring too well, and he's been down with a bad bout of cough.
What this means is that both of us wake up in the middle of the night (him coughing, me with my nerve pain) and aren't getting as much rest as we really should. Being sick is really quite tiring.
However, +3 mentioned this the other day and I must say it's true. This has probably been one of the worst weeks we've had as a married couple (actually, probably as a couple) and yet we've been taking care of each other and we've not had a fight. Yay!
Hehe it's been a while since I penned one of these, and now that I'm stuck at home with a case of shingles, I thought I'd write about being thankful for my health and for the many people around me who are healthcare professionals.
Maybe it takes being unwell to make you truly appreciate how wonderful it is to be healthy. I'm able-bodied, and generally have good health. Even when I had high blood pressure readings, I was able to keep that under control thanks to my TCM doctor.
I found out I had shingles a few days ago, and along with the rash that seems to be getting worse (I think that it's the natural progression of things), the accompanying nerve pain is really quite hard to bear. My doctor gave me panadol, but that didn't seem to keep the pain away for too long.
Knowing that I shouldn't be taking too many panadols, I opted to take ibuprofen (a much stronger painkiller) to help manage the pain. I reckoned that taking less of a stronger pill would be better than taking too much of a not so strong one.
It was the weekend and the clinic was closed, but while I was pretty sure my reasoning on managing my pain was sound, I still had some doubts. Self medicating when you have a virus attacking your nerves seemed a little risky.
Thankfully I had a couple of friends in the medical profession whom I could ask about dosage and thankfully, I was on the right track. Knowing the parameters on how much medication I should be taking made me feel safer about my decisions and less worried that I was turning into a pill popping painkiller addict.
So while I still need to see the doctor tomorrow (Monday), I'm glad I made it through the weekend with relatively few tears (I think only 2 episodes where I broke down and cried because the pain was too much to bear).
Now let's hope I get better and that the rashes won't scar too badly (or at all)!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wow it's almost mid January! Quick summary of what's been going on since my last post:
- Wedding was amazing. Full of love and laughter. We had a small intimate dinner with family and close friends, and had a tea ceremony before that. Apparently the bride gets a lot of jewelry. My sister and brother surprised me by singing the march in song (A Thousand Years), mom sang the song for our first dance (The Look of Love), brother's kids sang and danced to I'm Yours.
- Spent time with family who came over and it was such a blessing. Hung out with Darwin and Michelle, had lunch and a couple of pints while catching up. Very nice.
- Celebrated our first Christmas and New Year as The Chungs. Dinner at home with lots of good food.
- Didn't get much of a break cos I had a work event which just ended last Sat. Busy busy busy. Event was a success but age is really catching up with me. It's been a couple of days and I'm still tired!
Things I hope to achieve for 2015. Hmm. Better health. Continue to be happy and bring happiness to others. Be a good wife, daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, niece and friend. Save more money. Make a baby? ;)