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Friday, September 24, 2004

Varicella-Zoster Virus Posted by Hello

It never rains but it pours

I have not been near my G.P for well over a year, until yesterday. Yesterday morning on top of everything else I had what looked like a burst plook (spot) on my forehead above my eye. This morning my eye had swollen somewhat and thewife insisted that I go back and visit the doctor again. I protest, but agree to humour her. This time I got the doctor I like. He squirts some orange dye into my eye, has a look with a blue light to examine for abrasion and the like. Decides that the eye is okay, but will give me an anti-viral ointment for the eye and some tablets for my suspected Shingles. Shingles by golly. "That's bad isn't it." "Well it can be." He asks me if I feel any pain and to be honest I don't. He seems to think I will have some pain as he tells me to take whatever painkillers are necessary, mmmm. He tells me the virus is related to chicken-pox and can lie dormant for many years. I think in my case it must be like forty. It's not contagious apparently, in that you can't catch shingles from someone with shingles, but if you have a supressed immune system you should steer clear of me.

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