I was not able to go to work today. On Friday I had an appointment with my doctor for my annual check up. I am doing pretty well--weight is acceptable, blood pressure a teensy bit high, and cholesterol needs attention. Nothing major. Lucky me. At the end of the appointment, my doctor said "You know, Nicole, they have come out with a vaccination for shingles. I am recommending it to all my patients of a certain age. Would you like to have one today?" Well, as a person who has had major issues with cold sores all her life, I was very excited to think that I may be spared the gruesome effects of shingles, which is a related virus. I agreed to the shot and that was that.
Until Saturday. When I developed a patch of shingles on my face. Now, it is very mild, hasn't spread, and is now just a little red patch, with no active blisters. Just a little reaction to the vaccine. I took my acycolvir, which probably totally counteracted the effect of the vaccine, but at least the patch hasn't spread and was lessened considerably in its severity.
Herein lies the problem. Shingles is related to chicken pox as well as the common cold sore virus. A person with shingles can't give shingles to someone else, and the virus is not spread by sneezing, coughing, saliva etc. But, and this is a major BUT, a person with shingles (no matter how mild a case) can give chicken pox to someone who has not had that disease. They would have to get pretty intimate with the shingles blisters, but it could happen. Weird, I know, but no joke.
So, in all good conscience, I fessed up to the folks at work and said I had a mild case of shingles and had to stay home for a couple of days. It is now Wednesday (five days after the vaccine) and my doctor says I am no longer contagious, and am perfectly fine to go back to work. Three of my colleagues at work have never had chicken pox, and were greatly alarmed that I might give it to them if I came back to work too soon. They threatened to stay home from work themselves if I set foot in the place, doctor's ok or not. I caused quite a little stir at the work place with my over cautious co-workers. Just call me Typhoid Mary.
So, I am missing the entire week of work (and the pay I desperately need) and am stuck at home with a little fading red patch on my face.
I put the time to good use though, and worked on my Wuthering Heights quilt top. The pattern is Summerwinds by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. You start with a center medallion and keep adding borders until the quilt is around 76" square. I have two borders to go: a border of stars and a border of squares and rectangles. Watch me, I could finish this up tomorrow if I work hard.
On the Tuesday Sale front, I didn't sell everything yesterday (major PayPal issues), and have reduced the prices on what I have left. You can still purchase if you are interested. No foreign buyers please-- postage is a killer.