Thursday, December 19, 2013


Only 6 nights and Christmas Day will dawn. I'm not sure whether to be delighted the year is nearly finished with or shocked by how the days have flown by.

It's been a very mixed up year and nothing has changed as far as mixed up goes. Diet wise I have really worked at find what fits best for me but so far have not found that place where I can lose the last 1/3rd of excess fat.

I am relieved that the ointment I got from the pharmacy yesterday just might be making a difference. I slept right through to nearly 7 am only waking a couple of times, each time I fell asleep again without getting out of bed, but I did not go to bed until well after mid-night.

It doesn't help that somehow I've messed up my settings possibly in the control panel and cannot work out what I did. I'm having some serious problems with photographs. storing, downloading and now placing them into my blog. I'm not in the right frame of mind to deal with this. I guess I'm going to have to find a clever person to do it for me .... just as long as they do not mess up how I use me laptop. One thing I've found is that every expert I've ever asked to help me has put the default settings into a system that they like and it may not be the way I am used to using my computer. That means there is always a learning curve and there may be some things I never get right again.

I've copied in last night's post in my journal at Livin La Vida.

We went into town to shop this morning and I was being driven nuts by the rash which has developed on my arms. This has been going on for some weeks and I blamed it on gardening in the sun. 

As we parked and were getting out of the car our daughter called from across the street. She had pulled out from her work place as we went by and wanted to know what we were up to. Clearly she is not overly busy today so had time to be nosey.

I complained about the rash which was increasing and how uncomfortable it is. Nurse that she is, took one look and said it looks and sounds like shingles. Duh! She followed me into the chemist shop where I spoke with the pharmacist and bought some kind of anti herpes cream. 

I've looked up the symptoms and have to agree that they are probably right. What's more this is my 3rd bout of a similar rash in 13 years, not to mention that Bells Palsy which I've had for 22 months, could also be associated with the herpes virus. For years cold sores were the bane of my life until eventually one never healed and was finally diagnosed as basal cell cancer with subsequent plastic surgery. The first two bouts of the rash were never given a diagnosis. All I can say is that I have been poorly served by the medical profession. Someone should have picked up before now that I am prone to herpes infections and warned me to take care and not take it as lightly as I have been doing.

Looking at the symptoms it's no wonder I have felt below par, lacking energy and verging on depression. It all fits now. I'm hoping I can get away without a visit with my Dr. We'll see whether the cream brings sufficient relief.

I feel cheated and angry. My almost-paleo style diet should have helped build my immune system sufficiently that I would be strong enough to avoid this complication to my life. 

Useless reaction. 

I'm having a quiet afternoon while I assess where to from here. I fully understand that stress has been the major contributor to each attack of this virus. My eating pattern will stay much the same. I will not be doing any fat fasting for a while. But I do need to see if there is anything I should be doing to strengthen and heal my body. It's like a vicious cycle. Stress and worry equal some poor choices and lack of sleep. Shingles simply makes it more difficult to undo the stress damage and get quality sleep.

Deep breaths. Take one day at a time. This will pass by but I'm hoping the discomfort does not last until the weather cools next May/June.


  1. Welcome back, and your house looks very Christmasy :)

  2. Stress is responsible for so many of our ails sadly. We can't do much about it really except try and be positive that whatever is stressing us will eventually pass.
    Have a wonderful CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR Chick.

  3. Oh Margie-Anne I am so glad to have you back posting, I was getting worried! But I am very sorry to hear about the shingles, believe me I know how wretched that is. If it is indeed shingles I read that L-Lysine can be helpful, so I started taking it when I had the horrible virus and I think it helped, but who knows. It's hard to say. I'll be sending good thoughts your way. I hope you have a joyous and stress-free Christmas, my friend.

  4. Shingles?! Oh no, from what I've read shingles are VERY painful. I sure hope the cream gives you some relief.
    I totally agree with Judith: may you be blessed with a joyous and stress-free Christmas!
    Hugs to you,
    PS: It just occurred to me, after I read your post, that over the last few months I stopped stressing over losing weight... and now am losing weight. Go figure!