Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Body Is Rebelling

After carrying the triplets for 36 weeks and 3 days with virtually no problems, my body is now rebelling. Two days ago I noticed a little rash on my arm near my armpit. I put a little cortisone cream on it. The next day it had spread to my armpit and down my arm. Then it began to blister and ooze and really, really hurt.

This can't be good.

So, I called the doctor and went in today. She told me it's shingles.


The doctor asked me if I'm under any stress and if I'm getting enough rest. HA! This was a doc at my family practice, so they haven't seen me since last year's physical. I saw my OB while I was pregnant.

I told her I had month-old triplets at home, and she said, "That would do it."

No kidding.

So, I started the anti-viral medication today, which is approved for use while nursing. If the pain continues I'll have to take something specifically for nerve pain and inflammation, which is not approved for use while nursing. Hopefully this will clear fast and I won't need the pain medication, but my doctor said not to ignore it if the pain continues for more than 48 hours. Apparently shingles can cause nerve damage and the inflammation can lead to chronic pain. I certainly don't need that!

If you need me, I'll be right here watching my body go to hell in a hand basket.


Anonymous said...


We kept saying prayers for those babies, now it sounds like you need one too! Thanks so much for all the blog updates. I really enjoy and appreciate them.

Kelli and I were in Indy tonight, but we both had sniffles and knew that everyone in your household didn't need to deal with a case of the sniffles.

The boys look like they have strawberry blond hair in the photos, do they?

Hugs and electronic kisses,

Suzy said...

Shingles! You poor thing ... I am just glad they held off until now. Hope your case is mild and you have a speedy recovery!!

Slab Bulkhead said...


That'll get you a deferment from the armed services, should the draft be reinstated.

Nancy K.

Amy said...

Yikes! Thank goodness for drugs you can take while nursing. You guys sure are prayer hogs!

Christy said...

Yep. Prayer hogs right here! :-) I know we're all just so glad that we're dealing with something annoying like shingles, rather than praying for preemies to survive!


Tina Siefert said...

Hi Christy,

Def. listen to your doc about the pain. Shingles can cause chronic and debilitating pain, and you don't want to go there! Take care of yourself and let others help with the kids.
Wonder if there are any immunity benefits from you having these while nursing your boys though. Hmmmm....