After June being a write off with doctor appointments, tests and car repairs I was looking forward to July and some road trips to Ohio to do some exploring and train chasing. I got a clean bill of health and was waiting for both Canada Day and the 4th of July holidays to finish as I never go near the border on holidays. Last time I made that mistake it took 2 1/2 hours to get back into Canada at Windsor.
Well it now looks like July will also be a no go as it seems I have come down with a full blown case of shingles. It is almost like the power of suggestion as my doctor asked me if I thought of getting the shingles vaccine but it was $240 and not covered by OHIP. It is covered if you are 65 to 70 but after that I guess you can somehow afford something you can’t at 70. Our past idiot Liberal government brought out a prescription plan for all Canadians under 25 but nothing for the seniors who worked all their life and are paying for it. My stomach is now covered by many little blisters and my skin is super sensitive and feels if it is on fire. Even wearing a shirt is uncomfortable. I may also have some small areas on my back as it is contagious when the blister are forming so I was laying in bed sheets that may have been contagious. I headed to emergency yesterday as my doctor is on holidays after about three days and things were not getting better. I was hoping it was just a rash of some kind by they confirmed my fears. Now on antibiotic pills 3 times day and also have some pain killers as it seems once the virus passes, the healing part is even more painful.
At least I think in a couple of weeks I will hopefully be fully recovered but am in for a few rough days and then can get on with my life. It could have been something much worse so will be thankful it is only shingles.
I had planned to go to the Canterbury Folk Festival this weekend but being in the sun seems to make it worse. Off to stock up on a few things this morning then plan to take it easy as I get tired quickly. Lots of movies and sports to watch as well as have some updates to do on web pages I look after so will keep myself busy.
Life sometimes throws you a lemon and your only choice is to make lemonade. I survived 5 kidney stones so am I sure I can survive this.