I was quite looking forward to redesigning my blog and adding a new feature last week, but as the week wore on and I spent more time in bed, editing (I can’t complain, not really, I’ve got the ‘luxury’ of doing that, I guess), it turned out that I was really struggling for a different reason, beyond ‘maybe I overdid it a bit while doing all the things in the last six weeks (beginning of June, to now, I’ve done two conventions, one Discovery session, one UK Arena (#LudoSport #OneNameOneSky #Bristol!) plus all of the other stuff, from dealing with a very close friend passing away (Valerie Douglas) to sorting out various things in the household and online.
So, come Wednesday, and I’m puttering away in my office, and my face and head hurts. Thursday, I’ve got the telltale rash on my cheekbone, and so, after a bit of hesitation, I put in a call to my GP and ask for help. Hello horse pills. In all seriousness, Acyclovir in pill form is a bit of a lifesaver in these circumstances. I was given pain meds too, but I try not to take them too much, as nuclear strength is a bit of an understatement.
I’ve spent the rest of the week upstairs, either in bed editing (like I said, I’m lucky that I get that choice), sleeping or reading. I’ve not slept well at all since I got sick, but, I’ve been lucky enough to catch the blisters before they were really bad. I’ve just ended up with a road-rash style look on my cheek, which has been all that’s really come up, though my face really hurts. And will do for weeks.
But, at least I know the antivirals are working. And I got a LOT of editing done. It’s made me appreciate my Scribe all the more and, in a way, made me reconsider my work routine every day. And had me researching why I keep getting shingles. I’d say ‘answers on a postcard’, but let’s face it, I probably have some sort of autoimmune that’s triggered by stress and a lot of other stuff, and I just managed to trigger it again. Careful management means I should be ok for the rest of the year, if I’m lucky. And while I don’t like having shingles, it’s kinda comforting to know that the protocols we now have in place do actually work. But I forsee many tests in my future. Well, many more – I already do far more blood tests than I’d consider average given I’m always anemic and always B12 deficient (yes, I’m well aware there’s a link there too).
The thing is, I guess, that the redesign can wait. And, it’s given me time to interact and meet lots of nice new people on Threads too – if you’re there as well and want to come say hi, I’m @Kaiberie – https://threads.net/Kaiberie 🙂
Today, because I’m still a bit under the weather, I’m reviewing my ‘about me’ on here and other sites. And planning some shenanigans, I guess.