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Title: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 29, 2007, 08:33:17 pm
It's true boys and girls. This is his first outbreak and he has them from the middle of his back, and they go all the down his right arm and end on his right hand. We have him medicated on high doses of pain meds, and he starts Valtrex soon!! By the way, he thought he would be a man, and not allow me to take him to the doctor for the first few days...

He is in so much pain, and he has the damn things on the ends of his fingers so he can't even type or write! I feel bad that he is in so much pain...I wish I could wave a magic wand and take it away...my poor guy. :'( :'( :'(

I still love him, even though he looks hideous!! I mean hideous! But I will love him nonetheless...cause I know he will be pretty again, soon.

Did I mention he looks HIDEOUS???

I mean all joking aside, I don't know how is doing it, cause when I had them, my God I thought I was going to die...please wish him well and send positive thoughts his way, I know he will appreciate it!

And what ever he says: I DO NOT CHEAT AT MONOPOLY!!!!! He will spread viscous lies when given the chance, and he will use the shingles as an excuse for sympathy...do not believe it!!
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: AlanBama on December 29, 2007, 08:36:50 pm
Oh no, poor Iggy.....I feel for you, bud.   Having the shingles is NO fun, and extremely painful.

Hope the Valtrex will begin to heal them quickly....

Love & hugs to both of you,

Alan
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: sharkdiver on December 29, 2007, 10:31:26 pm
ouch!!!!!!

poor baby, I'm soooo sorry! I hope you get better really soon!

I think I'm getting sympathy pains from the memory of having it.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: shadowfluid on December 29, 2007, 11:01:49 pm
I got the shingles 2 weeks ago. Very mild though on my left ribs.
Took some valtrex and it helped right away. They still itch every now and then...blah.
I wonder if it's my first symptom of HIV. wah.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Buckmark on December 29, 2007, 11:26:55 pm
Jeromy,

Ouch, I'm so sorry to hear that Iggy has shingles.  Large quantities of pain meds are called for, definitely. 

Of course, you and I know that trying to "tough it out" and waiting a few days before visiting the doctor was the worse thing he could do.  He might have been able to nip this in the bud, or at least shorten the duration / extent.  Not that you'd use this as an opportunity to say "I told you so"   :-X   But perhaps Iggy will be more inclined to listen to you in the future?   ;)

Regards,

Henry
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: allopathicholistic on December 30, 2007, 12:31:05 am
Wishing you well & sending positive thoughts. Get well soon Iggy
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: J.R.E. on December 30, 2007, 12:33:41 am

He is in so much pain, and he has the damn things on the ends of his fingers so he can't even type or write! I feel bad that he is in so much pain...I wish I could wave a magic wand and take it away...my poor guy. :'( :'( :'(

I still love him, even though he looks hideous!! I mean hideous! But I will love him nonetheless...cause I know he will be pretty again, soon.

Did I mention he looks HIDEOUS???




I can really sympathise with you. Having had the shingles several times, I am very well aware of the pain they cause !
I looked like shit.
Just take care of yourself, get some rest, avoid movemont as much as possible, and hopefully it will run it's course.

The first time I had them, I couldn't MOVE, for several days.  Everything I did was painful, including trying to get to the toilet, standing up or sitting down.  Then one day, woke up, and evey bit of pain was gone. If you have blisters,, don't itch them. Don't rub your face or eyes either. You don't need to get them there...



Take care/speedy recovery-------Ray
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: ademas on December 30, 2007, 12:40:21 am
oh man...get well soon, Iggy!

I've never had them, but I've sure seen the misery they've caused some friends.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Robert on December 30, 2007, 12:59:55 am
Jeromy.

This is not good.  What an icky way to end the year.

YOu mentioned..."and he starts Valtrex soon!!" 
That's not soon enough..  Do it NOW!

And Iggy, now that you know what shingles feels like, you'll know the next time the symptoms pop up.  Immediately take the Valtrex and that will stop it right away. It's a miracle drug.

robert....who learned the hard way and always keeps a few Valtrex on hand.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: sweetasmeli on December 30, 2007, 02:33:44 am
He is in so much pain, and he has the damn things on the ends of his fingers so he can't even type or write!

Ahh so that's why he hasn't replied to my last few texts; I just thought he was being an ignorant tw** or too busy getting loved up by a certain monopoly-cheating Mr Dunn. ::) Will call later today, Mr Igmeister sir...

Love and (very) gentle hugs

Debra :-*
(who knows too well the pain and hideousness of the nasty shingles)
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: BT65 on December 30, 2007, 06:54:29 am
Oh dear, Iggy!  Please take care of yourself and heal quickly!  Here's a HUGE  {{{HUG}}} and {{{KISS}}}
Peace
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: emeraldize on December 30, 2007, 08:58:10 am
Iggy Dearest

Gerry and I were wondering where you'd been. I thought perhaps out of town.

I'll bet you wish you were not only out of town, but having an out of body experience!!

Shingles, in my humble, had 'em once pre-dx opinion are meant for rooftops, not humans.

I hope you heal up soon.

Em
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Andy Velez on December 30, 2007, 09:02:14 am
Iggy, here's hoping this awful and painful episode quiets down quickly. Wishing you well -- to have to cope with that AND a partner who cheats at Monopoly. Really TOO MUCH.

Jeromy, we're not judging you. We understand. There are programs for those who cheat at Monopoly. It's called REAL ESTATE RECOVERY. Just sayin'....

Hoping you guys are doing as well as possible.

Cheers,

nig youe
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Cliff on December 30, 2007, 09:07:40 am
Iggy,

I hope you feel better soon.

Cliff
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: aztecan on December 30, 2007, 10:21:46 am
My Dear Iggy,

Sorry to hear you've got the shingles. I will send positive healing energy your way and I hope they start to heal quickly.

Jeromy, you take good care of him. Oh, and by the way, haven't I taught you better than that?!? You never let them catch you cheating at monopoly.  Sheesh.  ;)

Give Iggy a big hug for me, when he's able that is.

HUGS,

Mark
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 30, 2007, 10:56:59 am
Well, I am taking him to the doctor first thing in the morning, cause the doc wasn't in over the weekend...And he says thank you all for kind words and well wishes.

Well, the shingles seem to multiplying at an alarming rate. They are starting now to crop up on his torso/tummy area, and his legs, I noticed a few on his head...he is worried and I can't blame him, I have had them and they suck! They are god awful painful too.

Mark thinks that this a warning sign that he should start meds soon...It has been five years without them...

His latest bloods:

CD4: 310
%: 16.2
VL: 25K

I will driving him into the doctor first thing in the morning so we can get some stronger pain meds as well...my poor Iggy...he looks like on of the 7 plagues from the old testament.

And yes, I am taking care of him...AND I DO NOT CHEAT AT MONOPOLY!!! He is just a sore loser!

Jeromy
(Who all of a sudden is beginning to resemble a certain Baby Jane Hudson..."But'chy'are covered with boils Iggy, y'are!)
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: ademas on December 30, 2007, 11:21:52 am
maybe I'm just a wuss, but I would be at the ER today if they were "multiplying at an alarming rate", particularly to the head.
I had a friend who had them on his head, and they spread to the nerves behind or around his eye, or some shit like that, and it was sheer misery.


Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 30, 2007, 11:29:24 am
maybe I'm just a wuss, but I would be at the ER today if they were "multiplying at an alarming rate", particularly to the head.
I had a friend who had them on his head, and they spread to the nerves behind or around his eye, or some shit like that, and it was sheer misery.




Mark says you're a wuss... :P

Well, I am giving him a case of "I told you so's" I will have him to the doctor first thing in the morning...and okay, I may have exaggerated the "alarming rate" part, but I do see them beginning to crop up.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Ann on December 30, 2007, 11:41:34 am
Jeromy,

If he's got them popping up on his head, don't wait for tomorrow, take him to an ER NOW! If that crap gets in his eyes, it could seriously affect his sight for the rest of his life. This is NOT something to mess around with!

NOW, MISTER! NOW!

Iggy, Jeromy, do as you're told. Don't make me swim over there and kick your collective ass!

Hope you get some antivirals in you QUICK and start feeling better soon!

Gentle hugs,
(and an ass-kicking if you don't get him to a doctor NOW)
Ann
xxx
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Andy Velez on December 30, 2007, 12:13:51 pm
Just joining in on the chorus urging you to get Iggy to the ER now.

Keep us posted, please.

Best to you both,
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozniceguy on December 30, 2007, 12:24:20 pm
Have to echo the chorus  I have had the PAIN of shingles several times ... but after the first time I keep a bottle of Acyclovir  ( Valtrex is the Brand name) in the cabinet and at the first itch  I pop a few......  get him to the ER and get some pills now....this crap just gets worse and will not go away by "toughing it out"       hoping for the best for you both    ..start playing Battleship instead of Monopoly......a lot more instant gratification and harder to cheat....


Nick
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Dan J. on December 30, 2007, 12:36:45 pm
((((((((IGGY))))))))

I know the pain from the shingles all too well.  I had them  on the left side of my head and face & it spread between my eyes.  Ann is right get thee to the ER ASAP this isn't something you can put off.  Not to scare you, but I spent a month in the hospital & then had to undergo 20 days of infusion therapy at the infusion clinic at the hospital. I hope that you get over this as soon as possible & that the pain meds are working.

Your lucky to have Jeromy taking care of you during all of this.

Love 2 both of you,

Dan
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: anniebc on December 30, 2007, 04:39:39 pm
Hi Jeromy I'm with Ann on this one you don't want this to get anywhere near the face especially the eyes..i would be heading off NOW..don't let this get out of hand if you can possibly help it.

BTW..shingles or not I just can't imagine Iggy ever looking hideous, I doubt even a bad rash would take away those good looks.

Love and hugs
Jan :-*
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Jody on December 30, 2007, 05:46:15 pm
What a terrible way to end the year...Here's hoping Iggy gets to the doctor and will start the meds to make it all go away!!!

Keep us posted.

Jody :(
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: LatinAlexander on December 30, 2007, 11:45:40 pm
IGGY TO THE ER!!!!

(I haven't had shingles in my life, but if the wise elders say so, I am with them)

Alex

(I reaaly hope you feel better, and please: I fyou happen to get New Years Eve at the Hospital, try not to have a lot of sex in there :) )

GET WELL SOON!! (((HUG))))
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: komnaes on December 30, 2007, 11:46:31 pm
Oh dear Iggy, get well soon! Hugs, Shaun
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Queen Tokelove on December 31, 2007, 12:03:53 am
ER>>>ER>>>>>>ERRRRRRRRR......Take him now, you sexy little thing you.... :-* I know I am shameful for getting a flirt in while my dear Iggy has shingles.... :-[ :-X But he knows I luvs him....Get well Iggy.....
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Jeffreyj on December 31, 2007, 12:16:12 am
I'd get him there too...really. I have heard that that can hit the 5Th nerve, and that really sucks.
Get well soon Igster!

Who cheats at Monopoly?
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: sally on December 31, 2007, 01:56:27 am
Hi,

Why Iggy is just a young whippersnapper! When I had shingles (twice!), there weren't no such thing as Valtrex! Actually, maybe it just wasn't called Valtrex then, if Valtrex is the same as generic acyclovir.

Anyway, just thought I'd tell a mildly entertaining to downright boring (depending on how hard up for entertainment one is) story about MY first case of shingles.

PART I: I was an NIH patient on one of many drug studies in which  I participated over my first post HIV dx decade. I went in and complained of pain I'd been having for several days along the nerve pathway that goes around the right side of the trunk to the back. I'm too senile now to remember what those nerve pathways are called. Diatom was the first word that popped into my head, but then I remembered that as something you fish out of pond water and look at under a microscope. But I digress. (While I was trolling for typos, I remembered the name--DERMATOME! Yeah, for the 52-year-old senile geezer girl!)

My researcher-in-training doctor at the time looked me over for quite a while and couldn't find anything so he called in the big gun doctor. He lifted my shirt and (after admiring my hot bod)--lo and behold--a rash had developed in the five to ten minutes since the trainee doctor had looked. So the big gun doctor basically declared "Why she's got shingles, of course, dumb ass!" (I added that last part, but the implication was clear.) Later on, one of the nurses said about the trainee doctor, "He sure had egg on his face." I tried to explain that the rash really hadn't been there yet, but nobody really wanted to hear it because it was more fun to talk about what a dumb ass the trainee doctor was. (OK, I lied--I didn't really have a totally hot bod back then. I do now, however.)

PART II: They hospitalized me because of the shingles because they wanted to give me IV acyclovir thinking that it would limit the duration and pain of the episode, which it may have done. I was on a floor where there were cancer patients with severely suppressed immune systems due to chemotherapy/radiation and there was a theoretical possibility that if one of the cancer patients had never had chicken pox and, thus, was not immune to chicken pox, my apparently sheddable shingles virus (which is caused by re-activated chicken pox virus) could give that person deadly chicken pox. People who visited me had to gown and glove themselves before entering my room and shed the gown and gloves before entering the "outside world" lest they become unwitting chicken pox shedders.

OK, to bring a long story to a merciful end, I was a very hooked smoker at the time and when I had to stay in the NIH hospital, I was used to having to take the long trip down the hallways and elevator to the parking garage to smoke, usually with IV pole in tow. (Have IV pole; will travel.) So I gloved and gowned myself in order to carry on my nasty habit. I know what you're thinking--but I was a nicotine ADDICT. I've always heard that addicts don't care whom they hurt although my nicotine receptors were sure that I was following proper protocol. Anyway, the doctors were freaked out at the idea of even a gloved and gowned theoretical chicken pox infector passing by the rooms of cancer patients who may have theoretically never had chicken pox . . . so they gave me permission to SMOKE IN MY ROOM!!! Unprecedented. It was a Pyrrhic victory of sorts since it meant I was stuck in my room for days since my only excuse to get out and about was taken away from me. Well, the Lord giveth .  .  .

Irony note: This happened around 1989 when so many stupid people were still terrified of catching AIDS from morally inferior HIV carriers like me. (Those stupid people are still around, but there are A LOT fewer of them.) Obviously, nobody at NIH ever thought anyone was going to catch AIDS from me--they were professionals after all--but I still had to suffer the ignominy of being a potential chicken pox killer. SOB . . . At least they didn't out me to the whole floor . . .

xxoo to anyone who actually read all that
Sally Shingles
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: next2u on December 31, 2007, 02:40:28 am
noo....
iggypoo shouldn't suffer -- get well soon buddy. you'll need all your strength to redouble your game playing efforts against cheaters. uggh, everyone wants to cheat at monopoly- if it's not some random rules at the beginning then it's jeromy's hand in the bank stash. some people....

Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: lucas clay on December 31, 2007, 08:01:42 am
Hope you feel better soon, damn things are no fun.

                                                          Lucas
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: cjc on December 31, 2007, 08:10:52 am
Hello, I have never had shingles but understand they are really painful. Hope  Jeromy gets you to the doctor soon. Don't be stubborn, just go!!!!!!!!!                                   I will come play Monopoly with ya'll if you want. I don't cheat, either ::)   I am not that far away unless ya'll have moved from Charlotte.    Get better. Cristy
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: thunter34 on December 31, 2007, 08:36:35 am
Man, this thread turned out to be a hair raising read!  I already knew Iggy has the shingles, but I didn't know he had gone for several days now without Valtrex...or that they had spread so far.  Wow. 

Will be looking for an update on this thread.  Painkillers are great, but the best painkiller here is really the Valtrex.  Things don't really get better until you start successfully beating back the zoster.

Best wishes, Iggy. 
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Matty the Damned on December 31, 2007, 08:44:28 am
Matty the Damned has had the shingles three times since being diagnosed and can't understand what all the fuss is about.

Iggy; take the damn Valtrex and get over it. Your boyfriend's carry on is beginning to get boring. Sure he's shot the occasional middling porn film, I don't see why we should care about his suffering, much less your bleating about his pain.

For what it's worth we're all amazed you two got this far.

MtD

/edited to remove the smiley face. you people are so stu,,,/
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: wishihadacat on December 31, 2007, 09:40:02 am
Iggy, as Ann pointed out, Shingles are serious shit;  it can and does spread into the eyes and cause blindness. You must be suffering terribly. Please don't let it get worse.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: RapidRod on December 31, 2007, 11:38:21 am
I've had shingles once and I don't want them again. Iggy, now that you have had them you'll know the signs and symptoms when it starts and get on meds quick and nip it in the butt. As everyone else has said you don't want it in your eye. Matter of fact, you'll never want it again anywhere.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 31, 2007, 11:50:55 am
We are at the hospital.And he is being admitted. I had to force him to go, the doctor said it is one of the worst cases of shingles he has seen. He had a fever of 101 and vomitting, so I forced the issue and here we are.

They gave him diloded (sp?) And he is much more comfortable. They will start him on IV Acyclovir now then it looks like a hospital stay for New Years...

I will keep you all posted as I know more.

Jeromy
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Joe K on December 31, 2007, 12:08:01 pm
Jeromy, Sorry to hear about Iggy and his shingles and here is hoping for a speedy recovery.  It would appear that your hubby is rather reluctant to seek medical treatment when warranted, so you need a backup plan.  I suggest you take pictures of him NOW and keep them, so the next time he needs treatment and won't go, you can blow up the pictures as a reminder of ignoring his health.  And when he feels better, please give him a collective whack upside the head, for ignoring his health and making his friends worry.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 31, 2007, 12:20:08 pm
I have his camera phone with me, so yes pictures will be taken, and as for that whack up side the head, it will certainly happen, I can guarentee that.

What has me worried, is the fact that he said he was hearing voices, which I think is due the fever. He is a stubbern guy for sure.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: mjmel on December 31, 2007, 12:32:12 pm
Finally, he is in the best hands he could be to deal with this and in the least painful methods. Proper meds and painkillers. Poor guy. You give new height to the concept of longsuffering, Iggy. Now, no harrassments to the hopital staff. 

Hope you recover in record time, Iggy man.

Mike M
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Queen Tokelove on December 31, 2007, 12:36:53 pm
Poor Iggy stuck in the hospital on New Years Eve.....Get well my friend....Jeromy, Glad you are there for him and with him. What a night nurse!!!!! Keep us posted, I am concerned with him hearing voices....When he gets better, tell him the voice he heard was mine.....Oh wait, he doesn't know what my voice sounds like.... :-[ Nevermind, take care of your man and yourself...... :-*
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: heartforyou on December 31, 2007, 02:07:07 pm
Jeromy,

Herman and I are relived to hear that Iggles is in the hospital getting the care he needs. Let him, know we are thinking of him & you too.

Love,
Dan & Herman
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 31, 2007, 06:17:16 pm
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!!
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: dgr20002 on December 31, 2007, 06:21:39 pm
Have the best new Years Eve! Pizza and horror movies should be great. I don't think one pizza is enough but that's just me.

David
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: ademas on December 31, 2007, 06:23:51 pm
Happy New Year, you guys.
Nowhere but up, Iggy, eh?
Now get well soon.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: BT65 on December 31, 2007, 06:28:28 pm
Jeromy, the correct spelling is Dilaudid.  I know, back when I was a junkie, I used to melt those down and shoot them; hence I know how to spell it. :D  Oh, I don't know if that made any sense.  But I am glad that Iggy is being taken care of.  And I'm really happy you both will be spending the New Years together, even if it is there.  Have a blessed one.   :-*
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: allopathicholistic on December 31, 2007, 06:48:56 pm
We are at the hospital.And he is being admitted. I had to force him to go, the doctor said it is one of the worst cases of shingles he has seen. He had a fever of 101 and vomitting, so I forced the issue and here we are.

They gave him diloded (sp?) And he is much more comfortable. They will start him on IV Acyclovir now then it looks like a hospital stay for New Years...

I will keep you all posted as I know more.

Jeromy

Thank goodness for hospitals and kickass drugs. I'm surprised he didn't want to go even with vomitting and pain. Well, you guys are lucky to have each other. I'm glad you got to the hospital before the waves of New Year's Eve drunken idiotic injuries. Take care, onward & upward
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: northernguy on December 31, 2007, 08:44:36 pm
Wow guys sorry to hear about the shitty way to ring in the new year :(  Quite the reminder that us poz folks need to  really watch those symptoms.  Take care Iggy, get better soon.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: minismom on December 31, 2007, 09:26:24 pm
You are in the hospital sick and I want you to get better soon.  Mini

Glad you finally got to the hospital, Iggy.  Take care and hope you get home soon.  Happy New Year to both of you!   Mum
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on December 31, 2007, 10:30:51 pm
Thanks everyone. Iggy is finally sleeping...'bout time.

Just wanted to say Happy New Year to you all!!

Love you all!
Jeromy
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Winiroo 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
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: heartforyou on January 01, 2008, 06:41:44 am
Hope Iggy had a good night's sleep.. wishing you both a healthier 2008

love

hermie and Dan
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: thunter34 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!

Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: leatherman on January 01, 2008, 10:04:00 am
Happy New Year!

Get Better Soon!
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: xyahka 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
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Andy Velez 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.

Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Miss Philicia on January 01, 2008, 01:07:06 pm
Take care and get better soon, Iggy
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: LordBerners 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.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Joe K 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.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: PeteNYNJ 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
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: MOONLIGHT1114 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
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: bear60 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.

(((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))
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Post by: englishgirl 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!
lots of love
xxxx
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Post by: pozguy75 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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Post by: minismom 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.

Mum
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Post by: Life 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...

Eric & Will
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Miss Philicia 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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Post by: RapidRod 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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Post by: leatherman 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!  ;)
mikie
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: BT65 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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Post by: J.R.E. 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.


Take care of yourself----------Ray
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Post by: cjc on January 04, 2008, 08:08:52 am
That picture looks really painful. Hope everything gets better soon. Cristy
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Post by: komnaes 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.

Shaun
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Post by: Andy Velez on January 04, 2008, 10:43:42 am
VERY BIG OUCH!

Sending all best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Post by: northernguy on January 04, 2008, 11:24:01 am
OMG poor fella, those pictures look painful.  Take care both of you.
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Post by: bear60 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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Post by: minismom 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.

 :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Queen Tokelove 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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Post by: mjmel on January 04, 2008, 06:53:13 pm
eek!
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Post by: wishihadacat 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.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: AlanBama 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,

Alan
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Post by: LatinAlexander on January 05, 2008, 07:36:13 pm
HOLY COW!!!!!  :'( :'( :'(

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

Jeromy: You are a REAL PARTNER

Alex

Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 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.

Love you all!
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: David_CA 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.

David
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Post by: Dan J. on January 06, 2008, 06:08:18 pm
Poor baby, I know exacly how he feels.

Get well soon!

 :-*

Dan
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Post by: BT65 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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Post by: pozguy75 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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Post by: Queen Tokelove 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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Post by: leatherman on January 07, 2008, 04:51:35 pm
Ow! Ow! Ow!
Hang in there, guys!  ;)
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Post by: fearless 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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Post by: Iggy 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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Post by: emeraldize 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.)

Em
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: englishgirl 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
xxxx
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: BT65 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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Post by: cmhjeff 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!

Hugs
Jeff
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 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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Post by: Queen Tokelove 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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Post by: englishgirl 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!
xxxx
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Post by: BT65 on January 13, 2008, 04:01:16 pm
Good to hear Jeromy.  Hope you're doing alright as well.
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Post by: pozguy75 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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Post by: Andy Velez on January 14, 2008, 07:26:26 am
Mark, it's very, very good to read that you've taken a significant turn for the better in this awful ordeal. Hoping the mending goes just right and you guys can get back to something resembling your regular life. What a standup partner you are, Jeromy!

Cheers and hugs for both you.
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: pozguy75 on January 16, 2008, 06:11:06 pm
Well...his PICC line came out this past Monday!! He was so happy...and I finally have maid back! LOL!!

I am kidding honey!!

But seriously, thank you all for the well wishes, Iggy really appreciated them...and I really am thankful for you all too...I can't express my gratitude enough!

Love you!!
Title: Re: The Igster has shingles!!!
Post by: Matty the Damned on January 18, 2008, 06:33:28 am
For the hell of it.

:)

MtD