I was ready for a quiet dinner out with my sweetheart. It was to be a simple little Tuesday night date night, precipitated by the request of a realtor to show our home over the typical dinner hour. No problem.
A quick tidy up involving a swiffer and a vacuum was all that was required, and we were ready to head out the door.
That’s when the phone rang. It was my son’s father. My first thought was that we had somehow mixed up schedules and my son was stranded somewhere without a ride. I quickly answered, only to be told that he probably has shingles. Again.
This boy is nearly 16 years old. Last year he was nearly 15 years old. That’s when he got it for the first time. I was stunned. I didn’t think young people, let alone teens, could get it. I thought it was an old person’s disease. I was wrong.
Shingles is ugly. Do not google it. Trust me. His case isn’t nearly as bad as the horror show you’ll see on the internet (thank goodness). That being said, it’s not attractive, and it’s uncomfortable. The good news is, it isn’t contagious. Still, it looks pretty nasty, and people will want to avoid you if they notice it. His outbreak is on his neck, so it’s hard to hide.
Off to urgent care we went, since his dad had to get to work at job number two. Don’t ask. I filled out all the paperwork as we (my ever patient sweetheart and I) waited for them to arrive. After a few wrong turns, they finally showed up, and we did the switch. He was taken right away (since I had already done all the paperwork) and sure enough, the doctor declared it shingles.
They checked his records. Last year he was seen on February 24. Today is February 25. Is this going to be a thing?
The doctor asked if he was taking his state tests in school this week. He finished today. Apparently stress triggers shingles. Although I’m not sure that these tests exactly stress him out. He’s pretty good at tests. At least the standardized type.
Anyway, one dinner and one $97 (with insurance) prescription later, he is back at his dad’s and working on his homework. At least I hope he is. I don’t want to nag him though, it might aggravate his stress.
February 26, 2014 at 4:56 am
Yes Shingles are brought on by stress- I have a friend who suffers from bouts with them. I hope the medicine does what it is supposed to and he is better soon! (Has he had chicken pox? It is the same virus!)
February 26, 2014 at 5:40 am
Thanks, I hope so too. Nope, no chicken pox. He actually was vaccinated against them, but it hasn’t protected him from this, poor thing.
February 26, 2014 at 5:40 am
Your poor son! Was he vaccinated against chicken pox or did he get them as a young boy? The reason I ask is my son had them as well this winter! I too, thought, “That can’t be, that’s what old people get.” The pediatrician told me they are finding that kids that were given the chicken pox vaccine are coming up with shingles about 5-8 yrs after the vaccine. Funny enough, that holds true for us. All three of my kids never got the pox so I had them vaccinated. Just a bit of interesting info for you.
I sure hope it doesn’t last long for him and hope its not to painful.
February 26, 2014 at 5:43 am
Several teens I know have had it. It stinks. And yes, he was vaccinated. Curious.
February 26, 2014 at 5:47 am
Hmmmm.. Very interesting. I’ve asked my friends here and none of their kids have gotten shingles yet. Many were not vaccinated though, as they got the pox. My doc said by getting the pox, you are more likely to get shingles as an older adult. Food for thought, huh?
February 26, 2014 at 7:39 am
February 26, 2014 at 7:51 am
I know. Thanks for the sympathy.
February 26, 2014 at 8:31 am
Poor kid. I celebrated my 35th birthday with a case of shingles. Not fun. Maybe he is more stressed about the exams than he wants to let on to you and his dad. Keeping the stress to oneself makes it even more stressful!
February 26, 2014 at 11:52 am
True, and now that testing is over he is sick in bed. I thought maybe the meds aren’t agreeing with him.
February 26, 2014 at 9:09 am
I feel sorry for him and I hope it will be a little better soon. My youngest cousin has to bear that too, her wedding was more a nightmare for her.
February 26, 2014 at 11:53 am
Oh no, that’s awful. Poor girl.