This morning the dentist woke me at 7-30 am and said she wanted to see DH at 8am.
The dentist is across town and the State house traffic is always heaviest then. I awoke DH and the poor guy was hurting and trying to decide what to take for medications. I told him to just take the antibiotic and we will eat when we get home. He ate a yogurt and the antibiotic and went out to remove ice on the deck so I would not fall.
I had taken my blood sugar on my new machine and my old machine to see if they were close and they were. I grabbed a glass of Orange Juice and hot water and a piece of 10 grain bread and we left.
When we got there the dentist said I should have phoned, I had e-mailed her since she e-mailed me earlier.
The Dentist checked his teeth and gums and said she is now certain DH has shingles. His mouth and gums were still in bad shape and he still had a hard time swallowing. We left there and I told DH our Dr is not in on Monday so we are going to walk right in to the Family Medical Institute (F.M.I) and ask someone to see him.
I took DH over to this facility where they train Dartmouth Medical School Interns. I have a lot of faith in them we have been with this facility for 25 years now and we are part of the patient advisory commitee.
I asked if his Dr was in and I knew she was at home. The office manager asked if we would see someone else, a student with a preceptor. We had no problem with that. He said he had an intern DO and this student was excellent. They are allowed as much time as they need and we were there well over 2 hours.
After examining DH, and going over his extensive history he said the inside of his mouth was an unusual area but the side of the chin and on his neck and ear are one of the more usual areas.
He called in his preceptor who actually is a P.A.(Physician's Assistant) they talked a whole lot more and the PA wanted back up so finally they had a Faculty Doctor who concurred with their findings. 3 Dr's in the room and a 2 hour visit.
IT HAS TO BE RIGHT!
DH is off Penicillin and taking some other Anti-Viral meds that they say will fight the virus. We are hoping he will get better soon.
Around this time I realised I had an appointment in Waterville with the eye Dr and there was NO way we would be there in 10 minutes. It's 26 miles away. I called them and explained and my appointment is now in January, alas. They were good about the late call but they know us well so there is no late charge from them.
We went for the medication and did buy some other recommended items to help DH mouth and nose.
DH uses a Bi-Pap sleep apnea machine with a full face mask every night but he was taking it off because it hurt his face, we had been to the Pharmacy and bought him a new mask liner on Wednesday, that did not help.
Now we know why.
That is the area he has to put the mask over and it causes him a lot of pain.
Now he cannot put it on at all till the lesions heal. I usually listen to the mask sounds it's like white noise and helps me to sleep.
I used to listen to his breathing and when he stopped I woke up and elbowed him so he started to breath again. Once he got the newer machine and they adjusted the pressure it was great but now he cannot wear his mask for a while. I will know when he needs to be checked for oxygen saturation and I hope he heals quickly.
I am hoping he heals faster than my outbreak of shingles did. Mine too were in a very unusual place for shingles I had to sit on mine since they were on my sit-up-on and I had to drive the kids to school OUCH!!.
I know how DH hurts and everyone sees his blotchy red face, poor man.
At least my red blotches were well covered.
I am very persistent where DH is concerned and being so I hope we have the right diagnosis. DH is still in pain but he is acting a whole lot better.
Thanks for so many of you being there for me and sending me much needed moral support in my time of lonely frustration and worry.
HUGS My Spark friends are the very
BEST-Pat in Maine.