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Offline Winiroo

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #50 on: January 01, 2008, 12:45:51 AM »
So sorry to hear his new year is starting out on a shitty note. My first outbreak of shingles was pretty much the same as his except it wrapped around my chest as well.

Get well soon Iggy and yeahhhhhh pain pills! ;D

Offline heartforyou

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #51 on: January 01, 2008, 06:41:44 AM »
Hope Iggy had a good night's sleep.. wishing you both a healthier 2008

love

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #52 on: January 01, 2008, 09:56:32 AM »
So here we are at Presbyterian Hospital, and Iggy is lying in his hospital bed, watching HGTV, the pain meds are on their way...and I brought pizza, and six, count them six horror movies to ring in the new year!!

I am staying at the hospital with Iggy tonight. Cause this is our first new year together, and we are going to ring it in together sick or not.

Iggy, thanks you all for the nice wishes, and I also thank you all very much.

I will touch base a bit later!!


Good morning and Happy New Year to you both!

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #53 on: January 01, 2008, 10:04:00 AM »
Happy New Year!

Get Better Soon!
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #54 on: January 01, 2008, 12:22:25 PM »
Hi, i just read iggy is sick... i hope he is getting better. receive my best wishes.

Juan Carlos
13/03/07 1er diagnóstico /Peso: 79kg
19/04/07 CD4: 494 /CViral: ?? /Peso: 80kg
19/07/07 CD4: 659 /CViral: ?? /Peso: 79.5kg
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17/09/08 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 84Kg
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #55 on: January 01, 2008, 12:48:34 PM »
Jeromy, it's good to know The Igster is getting the medical care he needs.

You're lucky to have each other and I'm wishing you a New Year that's straight up from here on.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #56 on: January 01, 2008, 01:07:06 PM »
Take care and get better soon, Iggy
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #57 on: January 01, 2008, 01:25:56 PM »
I'm very sorry to hear about his suffering. 

I would like to take this opportunity to ask if it is worthwhile or advisable to take Acyclovir in a prophylactic manner?  I reside in Thailand where a generic is cheaply available, and have counts of 300 cells, 16% and 750K VL.. I do get fairly frequent genital herpes outbreaks, but so far no shingles.  Given that taking acyclovir on a regular basis would no doubt reduce the gential herpes, maybe I should take it to also avoid shingles.  Seems to be a very common problem for we with hiv.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #58 on: January 01, 2008, 06:27:08 PM »
Guys, so glad to hear that Iggy is doing better, so Happy New Year and Jeromy, don't forget to take care of yourself during this time.  One sick hubby is quite enough.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #59 on: January 01, 2008, 09:38:13 PM »
Oh boys - I just read this.

Feel better and go to the doctor quicker next time.   You have a disease that weakens your immune system, not a fing cold!!!

Take care of yourselves or I will have to come down and beat you...but you perverts will probably like that :)

Feel better Iggy and get rest Jeromy so you don't end up sick or something.

Pete

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #60 on: January 01, 2008, 10:27:04 PM »
Hi Jeromy and Iggy~

OMG reading down this thread I was thinking, "Get your asses to the hospital!!!!"  So GLAD to hear that Iggy is getting the care he needs.  How long does it take for this to clear up, and when can Iggy go home?

Regardless, I am glad to read that you camped out in the hospital room and brought in the New Year together!

Jeromy, by any chance are you the Banker whenever you play Monopoly?  That has just got to stop!  LOL

Happy New Year guys, hang in there!  What was on your pizza, btw?  LOL

~ Cindy
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2008, 11:42:48 AM »
I am sending some big old bear hugs and a dose of chicken soup to both of  you.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #62 on: January 02, 2008, 02:41:06 PM »
dear nursey and patient, thinking of you both. hope you are feeling a little better iggy you poor honey. update asap please!
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #63 on: January 03, 2008, 10:58:18 PM »
Well we are home!!!

Iggy has been equipped with a PIC line and is on  IV Acyclovir 100 ml/h every 8 hours...and I get to be his nurse and administer his IV for the next two weeks...cause mister man's right hand is completely useless. I love Iggy...but I have to tell you getting up at 5AM to give him his infusion SUCKS! So, I set him up and I go back to bed for another hour...LOL...

But, I thought I would show you all what his arm looked like...these pictures are not for the squeamish...the picture of the back, really doesn't capture the full effect. The shingles went all the way down the right side of the torso and wrapped around his stomach. YUCK!

The shot of his arm though, shows what the rest of the areas looked like...I don't know how he stood the pain...just look at it made me hurt...

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #64 on: January 03, 2008, 11:13:47 PM »
Oh, my, poor baby!  Is he contagious? I'm well versed in the early morning infusion sessions.  We ran Mini's IV meds for over 4 wks (a picture of her "pole dancing" is in her thread "here's mini")  Is he hooked to a pump or a gravity dial?  Mini had a gravity dial and trying to figure out the math at o'dark thirty was not a pretty thing.  But, being home is a wonderful thing and he'll heal much better and much faster than he will being stuffed in a hospital room.  I'd send moochies, but I don't want cooties ;) so I send a well meaning long-distance hug.

I'll show Mini the pictures and let her post to Iggy-boo tomorrow.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #65 on: January 03, 2008, 11:16:47 PM »
Iggy please get well soon.   Don't leave Jeromy in the kitchen with blunt instruments for to long!   Sending you love from altitude...

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #66 on: January 03, 2008, 11:26:07 PM »
Damn, that looks awful.  I feel so sorry for Iggy, but he's really, REALLY lucky to have you there helping him Jeromy.

I've never had shingles and I don't think I had any idea that it could get that bad.
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #67 on: January 03, 2008, 11:51:31 PM »
Jeromy, the pain meds aren't for you. Don't be pinching any out of the bottle.  ;)

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #68 on: January 04, 2008, 12:34:40 AM »
Damn! I had shingles once - a patch about 18 inches by 4 inches and not quite that severe. That's gotta be hurting you bunches Iggy my man. So sorry to see you laid up with it like that.

Being home has got to help though. I ran away from the hospital once to go home (when I had PCP) so I could get better! They weren't treating me right. Sure enough two days at home, with chicken soup, and ginger ale and I started getting better!

I just recently added acyclovir to my daily regimen because I've got this re-occuring herpes infection in one of my hands. It's gotten worse this year and I had 6 outbreaks. Each time I swear I could feel that old patch on my hips (where I had shingles) itching too.

and Jeromy, as one caretaker (back when my Randy was so sick) to another, let me give you a pat on the back. It's not always fun, and it sure as hell is tiring but it's a good thing you're doing to help the Igster out in his time of need.

Hang in there both you guys!  ;)
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #69 on: January 04, 2008, 07:34:58 AM »
OMG, Iggy you poor thing.  I'm sure you're glad to be home, though.  Recovering from infections always seems to go quicker at home.  Kudos to you Jeromy for taking care of him!  Keeping you guys in my thoughts.....
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #70 on: January 04, 2008, 07:46:50 AM »

Yep, that looks real painful ! The way those shingles appear on Iggies forearm, were pretty much how they were on my abdomen, working around my left to the center of my back. That was back in 1989, and there are still areas of my back and side, that I can't feel. Nasty and painful. I wish you a speedy recovery.


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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #71 on: January 04, 2008, 08:08:52 AM »
That picture looks really painful. Hope everything gets better soon. Cristy

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #72 on: January 04, 2008, 08:16:35 AM »
Oh dear... it does look painful.. I remember Iggy talked about being in an enclosed room .. please get well soon.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #73 on: January 04, 2008, 10:43:42 AM »
VERY BIG OUCH!

Sending all best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #74 on: January 04, 2008, 11:24:01 AM »
OMG poor fella, those pictures look painful.  Take care both of you.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #75 on: January 04, 2008, 12:07:31 PM »
I made a big pot of chicken soup, I wish I could give you some. Get well soon.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #76 on: January 04, 2008, 02:53:47 PM »
How did you guys fare your first night at home?  I hope all went well and will continue to do so.  Big ol' smoochies from Mum and wee smoochies from Mini.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #77 on: January 04, 2008, 06:43:12 PM »
I never saw what shingles looked like before now...How awful, it made me start itching. And painful you say, do get well soon, Iggy...
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #78 on: January 04, 2008, 06:53:13 PM »
eek!

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #79 on: January 04, 2008, 07:03:17 PM »
Wow! That's some picture. I can only imagine how painful that is. You're really going though a lot, Iggy.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #80 on: January 04, 2008, 07:58:36 PM »
OUCH

That is some BAD case of shingles!  Poor Iggy....

Get better soon!   You take good care of him, nurse Hottie!

Hugs,

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #81 on: January 05, 2008, 07:36:13 PM »
HOLY COW!!!!!  :'( :'( :'(

Iggy, my friend. I hope you get well soon. Take care.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #82 on: January 05, 2008, 08:54:24 PM »
Well...he is going to live!!

The shingles are beginning to clear up, and his appetite is starting to come back as well. But, I tell you the IV wipes the poor guy out, for sure.

I just wanted to update you all on his progress. Though, now that the pustules are beginning to burst, I now have open wounds to dress and treat.

On a lighter note, I have been threatening that I was going to buy a nurse's cap and start to wear it when I change his IV...hehehe...

Also, thank you all for your kind wishes and words, they mean a lot to Iggy...and I have to admit, me too.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #83 on: January 05, 2008, 09:10:20 PM »
On a lighter note, I have been threatening that I was going to buy a nurse's cap and start to wear it when I change his IV...hehehe...

Jer, I'm sure he won't mind if you wear that cap and nothing else; I know I wouldn't!  :D  I hope he continues to improve.  I think somebody suggested having some Valtrex on hand, if possible, in case the signs of shingles occur again.  Quick healing to you, Iggy.

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #84 on: January 06, 2008, 06:08:18 PM »
Poor baby, I know exacly how he feels.

Get well soon!

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #85 on: January 06, 2008, 07:42:49 PM »
Oh, this is great news!  Get well soon, Iggy! :-*  And kudos to you Jeromy! :-*
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« Reply #86 on: January 07, 2008, 03:56:53 PM »
We are headed to the doctor for his follow up visit...I will report back with any news...but he has been sleeping most of the day to day. Which is good, I worked from home today, so we could make the appointment and I didn't have to spend to much on gas back and forth.

I work from home again on Wednesday...but I will have to come home on my lunch hours the rest of the week to change his IV.

I have to say that the shingles are looking much better, except now his sores are beginning to scab over and leak, and the nurse says to change the bandages once a day...but the bandages are sticking to the scabs and rips them off when you take the bandages off. So, I made the command decision not to bandage his arm today, instead, we cut some old PJ's up and put the leg over his arm...that should help that issue.

Yesterday, he was changing his shirt and he was in the dressing area and he smacked his hand against the door frame and all I heard was this awful shriek of pain, and I go running in and find Iggy on the floor doubled over...God, he was in so much pain.

I just can't wait fo all of this to be over...I know how much this sucks.

Thank you all for your support and allowing me to spout off...I just feel so bad for him...and top it all off, I am coming down with a cold. BLECH!!! >:( >:( >:(

Drippy nose, and scratchy throat...and very sleepy...so in comes the cold medicines and trying not to make Iggy sick. So, I am constantly washing my hands and they are so dry and chapped from all the washing...I am going through a ton of hand lotion too...and not for the reasons you pervs are thinking of...

So anyway, I have rambled on enough...will log in again later and let you all know what is going on with Iggy!
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #87 on: January 07, 2008, 04:18:06 PM »
Nice visual, Jeromy. I can imagine you in a nurse's cap and nothing else... ;) Damn Iggy is lucky.... :-* Glad to hear that things is getting better with him. Now you're gonna have to do something about that cold. :-\
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #88 on: January 07, 2008, 04:51:35 PM »
Ow! Ow! Ow!
Hang in there, guys!  ;)
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #89 on: January 07, 2008, 05:40:53 PM »
I managed to miss this over the new year haze.

Ouch, Iggy. I'm glad they're starting to get better.

Jeromy/Iggy,
My doc suggested bathing the effected areas in salty water and just patting them dry. He said this would help with the healing and drying out and help to prevent infections in any of the sores.
How's the pain going? I seem to recall the nerve pain been more extreme when the shingles started healing.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #90 on: January 07, 2008, 07:29:16 PM »
I want to thank everyone for all the kind words here and via pm's (which I hope to catch up with - so please be patient)  I'm typing with one hand so I'm not going say much outside of how grateful I have been for the outpouring of well wishes.

Everything is healing just fine though I lost about 15lbs in the last 1-2 weeks.  My appetite is returning and I expect to regain my gut in short time indeed.

A few people wanted to know why I waited so long to get treatment and it boils down to two things.  First - despite how it looked- It wasn't painful for the first 5+ days of the outbreak.  I know that sounds crazy, but it wasn't until I started getting it in the webs of my fingers and under my nails that it became hard to deal.  the other item was finances.  I have still not found a job while in Charlotte and though I was on Jeromy's health insurance - my coverage didn't start until the 1st...so I gambled that I could make it till then.  Unfortunately after about 7 days of breaking out and no signs of it stopping plus the fever and chills and vommitting - I guess I was no match for Jeromy who assured me that he would drag me by my blistered arm to the hospital if I didn't go willingly.

This makes a good time to publicly thank my partner, and love who never left my side in the hospital and who would have me do nothing so that he could care for me. He is truly a wonderful person whom I am grateful to have in my life.  There is not enough good that I can say about someone who was so focused on me in a scary moment.  He has been administering my IV every 8 hours (including the damn 5 a./m. dosage) and taking the best care of me...all the time telling me how handsome I am (blisters on face and all  :P )

On that note I want to add a secondary thanks to all of you for your well wishes - as I feel they offered Jeromy great comfort and a sense of others supporting him when he was so worried.  I don't know if you all realize how much your words and thoughts meant to him and for that alone I am overwhelmed at how well you all took care of my love while he took care of me (cheating at Monopoly aside)

Thank you again to everyone.  Really showed me a lot about the heart of this board and its members.  It was a wonderful lesson.

All my gratitude and love back to all of you.

Mark

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #91 on: January 08, 2008, 01:24:00 AM »
Hey Mark and Jeromy

Good to hear things are turning around! You've been missed (especially in the Activism forum, dear friend.)

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #92 on: January 08, 2008, 03:11:34 AM »
super to hear you are finally healing mister scratchy! now dont do that again silly boy!
lots of love to you and nurse jeromy
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #93 on: January 08, 2008, 08:28:52 AM »
Jeromy, please take care of that cold!  We don't want you to end up with a nasty infection.  Mark, continue to feel better.  Luv and hugs to you both- :-*
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #94 on: January 08, 2008, 09:49:15 AM »
Mark glad you are home and healing from this horrible ordeal. I'm happy you boys found each other!

Take Care!

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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #95 on: January 13, 2008, 12:56:33 PM »
Well, Iggy is feeling a lot better!! He is back to his ornery self again! But he is still sitting through the IV therapy every 8 hours. But the shingles are looking good...but he is still having some pain...to be expected though.

I just wanted to let you all know he is doing MUCH better! Thank you all for your well wishes!!
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #96 on: January 13, 2008, 03:18:58 PM »
That is good news, Jeromy. Glad to hear that Iggy is doing much better. Shows your skills as his nurse... ;) :-* How are you feeling? I hope you are getting over that cold.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #97 on: January 13, 2008, 03:30:18 PM »
dear handsome nursey, im glad to know your patient is improving but how are you doing? you must be exhausted - make sure you are giving yourself some tlc too, we dont want you to be ill too!
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« Reply #98 on: January 13, 2008, 04:01:16 PM »
Good to hear Jeromy.  Hope you're doing alright as well.
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Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
« Reply #99 on: January 13, 2008, 04:11:06 PM »
I am doing fine...my cold is on the tail end, thank God! So, onward and upward from here!
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