Post # 1
Yes. That is right. A few weeks ago my Fiance ended up with Shingles. We’re pretty positive it was stress. I had never had the chicken, pox, so we tried to really limit and exposure (it was on his chest) by covering it with a shirt and bandages so I wouldn’t touch it directly.
Either way, I have a few of the “liquid filled blisters” the internet talked about when I went to ask.com. Even though they are not spreading in a rash and filling like liquid every few hours I do have the flu-like symptoms they describe as coming with it. The other thing? They don’t itch, they just hurt if they get touched.
This sucks, because I have no insurance to go to a doctor and find out for sure. But I need to go because I have to skip work if I do. Which means after a week we won’t have enough to pay our bills. including the massive one that would come from me going to the doctor. Yay. This is fun…not. I have tried to find a free clinic online, and I’m not having any luck.
We’re not going to discuss it with family or friends until I know for sure, but I feel so guilty for needing to go to work and wait it out for now (especially when I feel sick to my stomach when I walk out the door). What a time to get sick.
Vent over. Time to go walk the dog. = /
Post # 3
if you have chicken pox dont go walking the dog – you may still be contagious
seriously, get to a doctor and have it checked out – forget online diagnosis. its unfair to infect others if you can pass it on.
yikes, i hope its nothing
Post # 4
Oh no., Mine gave me a cold this weekend, but the pox are waaaay worse! What about a Walgreens clinic? Don’t they take care of stuff like that?
I can’t remember for sure, but I think the pox runs its course. You might have to take off, but I don’t necessarily remember taking prescriptiosn for it. Y0u might be ok if you just hole up in the house, use Aveeno oatmeal packets for your bath (in the bath aisle, it’s bath oatmeal) and calamine lotion. You could be like Phoebe in friends and put lobster oven mitts on to be super cool =]
Call a nurse’s hotline at the hospital. They often dole out information and I call occassioanlly when something hits me in the middle of the night
Feel better soon! the pox are no fun,. been there done that. i had mine with the full blown flu when i was on vacation in las vegas,. I got to sit in the shade with a bucket so I didn’t “ruin” the family vacation….=(
Post # 5
Awe I am sorry you are feeling well!
I hope you get better soon!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t walk the dog if my Fi were home, but he’s not and no one was outside so it was necessary (She has a strict walking schedule). I didn’t know walgreens did a pharmacey. And my one main worry is that I’ll have to have a DR. Note to go back to work. Or will I? I’m not sure. I’ve always had a very high immune system. Even as a kid I never got sick from being around the other kids.
The blisters are supposed the heal withing 7 days. I only have a couple on my tummy. Which is why I think it might not be. Plus I am close to my period. Ugh. I’m stil trying to find somewhere I can go and be able to afford.
Post # 7
Ps: EJS-I might just have to start wearing those if it actually is and everything spreads.. Just to see the humor, of course. = )
Post # 8
Definitely be careful if you think you are infectious. Since you work at Starbucks (right?) food and infectious diseases are a no-no. Can’t you just tell them you have something else?
Tell them you fell and twisted your ankle. NOT that you have the pox. Then just hide out in your home.
Either way, blisters in general NOT on your feet could weird me out. I once had ringworm and they got oozy like that. OMG it was a nightmare. I let it go so long b/c i thought it was hives like a silly girl.
Some waklgreens have the walk-in clinics. If you have to go to the Dr, you gotta go, there’s nothing you can do to avoid it. You really should consider some med insurance though. You coudl be screwed if you ever broke anything! or if you were in a car accident and the OTHER guy didn’t have enough liability for you.
Chicken pox is a virus..it’s a differnet kind of immunity than say, bacteria infections. regardless, i was always under the imrpession most adults get it and the older you are, the more intensely you get it. It can actually become more dangerous as an adult than a child. Do be careful though and I’d seriously consider calling up a nurse’s hotline and describing them to her.
Post # 9
Yes, I work at Starbucks. Which means I would get fired if they found out and I said nothing. If I say anything, I am telling them I have the flu. It’s partially true. I have no appetite. Sore and achey. Head ache. When I go back? Maybe that I fell in a mosquito nest or something if I have scabs on my arms. lol. I’ve been there 11 months and never called in sick so they would take me seriously.
Can they diagnose on a nurse hotline? I think we have a walgreens down the street. I’ll call and see if they have some sort of clinic. = ) I should also say, I signed up for work benefits today, but the don’t come into effect until October 1st. = ( Yep. That’s what their message told me. They have to make sure I have enough hours and that’s sometime in September. Pretty sucky, I think.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
Not sure if you have a cvs around you, but they have a minute clinic that you could go to.
Post # 11
Looks like Zoomcare is a Portland-based walk in clinic. I’d check that out. You can even look on their website to see how long you’d have to wait for an appointment, and it says “$89 for most visits”
Post # 12
No on my Walgreens and Rite Aid. I will try to find a CVS. Google is my friend. lol.
Post # 13
No CVS clinic in my area. Damn….time for the Nurse hotline.
Post # 14
These things aren’t just transmissible by contact. When you have chickenpox you can aerosolize droplets and contaminate people that way. The incubation period starts long before you know that you are infected… That’s why viruses have survived all these milenia.
As physicians– and this isn’t advice specific to you in any way– we don’t need to see kids with chicken pox. We usually say, “Yup, it’s chicken pox. Drink lots of fluids, don’t expose other people and don’t use ibuprofen”. We don’t treat it with any medication, except with symptomatic relief of itching.
If you had the chicken pox vaccine, it’s unlikely that you’ll get a bad case… but if you didn’t it can sometimes be worse in older folks than younger.
This is *not* in any way medical advice that you should be following. I have no idea what you have, and usually the best course of action is to see a physician who can look at or culture the lesions. You cannot diagnose an illness with dermatologic manifestations over the phone or internet.
Doesn’t Starbucks provide benefits for most of their baristas? I know that’s why one of my friends works there.
Best of luck!
Post # 15
That stinks. I had the shingles a few months ago due to work and wedding planning stress. It’s the worse pain I’ve ever experienced.
I hope you feel better.
Post # 16
I love how DG has to preface everything by saying her comments by saying they’re not medical advice. Way to cover your butt, DG. I’d do the same =]
I wish i had some advice for you. They havne’t diagnosed me officially over the phone, but a lot of times they’ve said that X doesn’t sound like anything serious but if i am still concerned to come in. Once i had chest pain and they flipped bazerkies on me. Turns out it was some horrendous heartburn =P. But yeah, if you’re contageous, the “flu” is a good way to go at least until you know what you have
Look up pictures of chicken pox–I did this when I had ringworm–and I was like “holy crap that’s exactly what I have” because pus-filled lesions can be a loooot of things. you might be able to just discern for yourself it i looks enough like chicken pox that you are more comforted by that or that it looks like something else that WOULD need medicine. Knowing me, I always late until i’m 100% desperate to go to the doctors anyways. They always tell me I should have come in earlier, too =]
My mom was so worried my brother and I wouldn’t get hte pox that she had a classmate who had it come over and sit real close to me and breath and sneeze on me so i wouod *definitely* get it