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Finally we have a Diagnosis-Herpes Zoster- SHINGLES!!!


Monday, November 19, 2012


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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

HUGS My Spark friends are the very emoticon BEST-Pat in Maine.
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ROSEWCI 11/26/2012 6:17AM

    Sending get well wishes & positive thoughts your way Pat! Wishing DH a speedy recovery!

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EFFIEANNIE 11/21/2012 8:20AM

    Sorry to hear about your husbands ordeal. Hope he is better soon. Sounds like you got lots of attention at the clinic. A great resource to have close by.

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GOANNA2 11/21/2012 2:53AM

    It's good to know what he is suffering from.
Poor man must be so uncomfortable. You are
doing a great job looking after him. Hope he
heals quickly.

Your Thanksgiving menu sounds great.
The soup sounds so good.
I hope you have a nice day. emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 11/20/2012 9:47PM

    I am one of the lucky ones, I have never had chicken pox so I guess that means I should never get shingles. But I have heard so many people who do get it are in pure agony......

I am so glad they were able to give your DH a diagnosis and that he had now start to heal.....
(((HUGS)))

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TXGRANDMA 11/20/2012 5:51PM

    So sorry. That is a very painful thing.........Prayers for your DH that he will heal soon, and be back to eating and breathing normally. emoticon being sent to both of you!

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/20/2012 4:50PM

    Oh Pat, I am so sorry to read this... Your poor DH must be in so much pain! I am thinking of him, and very glad for you that you finally know what he suffers from and can stop worrying. Please take good care of yourself.
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GAMMY98 11/20/2012 3:36PM

    So sorry for DH. I have taken care of a lot of people that have had shingles and I know how bad it was for them. Hopefully by now the have better medication for shingles. I will be praying for him. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2012 3:09PM

    I am so sorry to hear this but know you will give him excellent care. I hope the worse is over soon. The antivirals really helped my son. I know they will your hubby too.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/20/2012 2:21PM

    Oh Pat, I'm so glad he was able to get seen adequately. I was worried that you would get the run around since medical offices aren't the best at dealing with things that need time and attention asap. I hope he does recover quickly. Poor guy. I hope you take some of his rest time and do something good for yourself! I know you'll exercise and that will help, but do something else that's nice and just for you, ok please?

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SHARONSPARKLE 11/20/2012 12:46PM

    So sorry your DH has shingles but I am glad he finally got a diagnosis! Now the healing can begin. Another Spark Friend's father had shingles on his face are earlier this fall and it sounded so scary, I paid $50 and got a shingles vaccine. Hopefully, that will keep me from this horrible painful condition! I hope your DH feels better quickly so he can get back on his sleep apnea machine as it sounds so vital for his health!

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LORIANNIE70 11/20/2012 12:25PM

    I am so sorry DH and you are going through this. I can't imagine how he feels.

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NASFKAB 11/20/2012 11:35AM

  so glad you got a diagnosis all the best

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SHIRLEYX 11/20/2012 10:12AM

    Glad that you got a diagnosis. Hope that Fred is feeling better soon. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/20/2012 8:33AM

    I am so happy you got a diagnosis!! 3 doctors can't be wrong (can they?)!! I hope the medicine starts working soon. My hubby had them on waist and back--lot of pain and it seems they lasted forever!!! Take care of both of you! It's too bad you had to miss your appointment!!

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BAKER1009 11/20/2012 8:08AM

    Well Pat I am certainly glad he has received a correct diagnosis. This will make treatment successful. I sure hope that he gets to feeling better real soon now that he is on proper medications! You two are such a lovely couple, taking care of each other the way you do. It's so wonderful to hear about that.

I hope you two have a good day today!
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CHALLENGER15 11/20/2012 7:39AM

    Oh, my! I never heard of shingles being anywhere except around one's middle section, so I learned about that today...I do hope he has relief already...and you, as well.

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IOEINC 11/20/2012 7:03AM

    Oh Pat...Poor Fred!!! But at least now you have a diagnosis and can combat it. emoticon for a speedy recovery.

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MIDCOASTMOXIE 11/20/2012 6:57AM

    It's good that there is now a definitive diagnosis for DH's painful problem, although I'm sorry that is is shingles. I hope he has a quick recovery with as little pain and discomfort as possible and that it does not linger or cause other issues. Wishing you both well.

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EVWINGS 11/20/2012 6:16AM

    Pat, I'm so happy to hear Fred will be on the mend now. It has to be a relief for you, too.Just remember we've all got your 6!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 11/20/2012 5:05AM

    I'm glad that there seems to have been significant movement with DH's diagnosis. I am hoping that his goes quite quickly.

BIG hugs,
Kris

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2012 3:59AM

  Glad you had DH check out at the Family Medical Institute with the three Doctors. Sorry to hear the Diagnosis is Shingles. I have never had it but been told it is very Painful. Hopefuly He is on the right Medications for it and will have a Speedy Recovery now. Make sure he is completely over this and not sick at all when He goes in for his Surgery too. He will have a much easier time of it. You are a Good Nurse. Hope you are okay and feeling good. Hope the Both of You have a Good Night Sleep. Things will be Brighter Tomorrow. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy a Nice Quiet Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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GDY2SHUZ 11/20/2012 2:03AM

    I am so happy you had a long visit with the medical people. DH is on the mend and will soon be able to ware his mask.

Good sleep for both of you! Di emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RD03875 11/20/2012 1:56AM

    Oh no, at least now you know what it is and easier to help him. I hope he heals fast.

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EGGBASKET1 11/20/2012 1:54AM

    I AM SO GLAD TO READ THIS UPDATE. I HAVE BEEN VERY CONCERNED ABOUT DH. I AM GLAD YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS NOW AND I WISH HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY. YOU BOTH HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH. TAKE CARE. HUGS...EGG

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BAZNCAZ 11/20/2012 1:02AM

    SO PLEASED THAT YOU ARE NOW GETTING TO THE CAUSE, AND WITH THE RIGHT MEDS THINGS SHOULD NOW CRUISE ALONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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UUCEEJAY 11/20/2012 12:14AM

    Oh, I hope Fred gets to feeling better soon. My poor mother had the shingles on her face and I remember her just crying out with the pain. I'm glad you got the new medicine because that did seem to help her get over it. My DH and I both got the shingles vaccine this year in the hopes that we can avoid getting that or at least get lighter case of it if we do get it. We know a lot of people who have really suffered with it. Keeping you and Fred in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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TERRI289 11/19/2012 11:31PM

    So pleased that that dh is on the mend..poor baby and poor you when your shingles were behind you,literally..

Praying you are both 100% soon!!

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HARROWJET 11/19/2012 11:30PM

    Poor Fred but now he can start to feel better (you too). emoticon

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ARTJAC 11/19/2012 11:20PM

    PLEASED YOU HAVE FOUND THE CAUSE OF THE INFECTION SHINGLES IS VERY PAINFUL AND SORE HOPE FOR A QUICK RECOVERY NOW

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/19/2012 11:20PM

    Well, now that you know what it is you can deal with it. The unknown is very scary. Here's hoping the new meds will heal him quickly. emoticon

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DOWNEASTLASS 11/19/2012 10:49PM

    Thanks, Pat, for letting us know what's going on and how the doctors' arrived at their diagnosis. So happy that you have answers now... even if Fred is going to be in pain for a while. Hope that the doc gave him some pain meds too.. Hugs to you both!!!!!

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DIANESAV1 11/19/2012 10:40PM

    So glad they found the problem. Now on to healing and feeling better. I guess no place is a good place for shingles.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/19/2012 10:31PM

    I'm glad you found out what it is.

Hopefully he'll start feelin better

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MRSCLAUS46 11/19/2012 10:08PM

    Pat ~ I'm praying for your DH to be comfortable and recover quickly. A Shingles attack kept me from my granddaughter's wedding (she had never had chicken pox and had also discovered she was 6 weeks pregnant). It is a frustrating virus. And I'm praying for you too--strength and fortitude! Good luck to both of you.
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1CRAZYDOG 11/19/2012 10:03PM

    So very glad that your DH has an answer an answer and hope he's feeling better soon. Shingles really is painful to the max!

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POOHGIRL1970 11/19/2012 10:01PM

    From one Spark friend to another....you and DH are in my thoughts and wishing fast recovery.

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