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Old 04-11-2014, 12:48 AM   #3981
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Pets are also sicker at night.

I'm not complaining, but I am worried. DA is failing. She is requiring much more attention and to be honest, I know she is coming to the end of her days with me.

I just hope she will be well for to go back home in July. If not, Uncle Nicu has a small jet and that may be best for her. I may have to make a decision of this soon and I just hate it.

I am already of the option of Uncle's jet. It will make stops for fuel, but it will get her there in better comfort.

If she continues, I will do this. I promised to take her home while she is alive, and I shall do this. I'm very worried.

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One for you and one for DA. Cat, have you talked to your parents about this? They need to know. You also need to talk to her doctor and get his opinion as well. Someone will have to go with her as Uncle Nicu can't take care of her personal needs while he is flying the plane. Stay strong Cat. I have faith in your ability to handle this and do what is best for DA. Prayers going up for the both of you.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:35 AM   #3982
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One for you and one for DA. Cat, have you talked to your parents about this? They need to know. You also need to talk to her doctor and get his opinion as well. Someone will have to go with her as Uncle Nicu can't take care of her personal needs while he is flying the plane. Stay strong Cat. I have faith in your ability to handle this and do what is best for DA. Prayers going up for the both of you.
This is the hard part. My whole family knows. She has an appointment with her doctor tomorrow and I may have to speak of this.

I will go with her, Addie. I may have to leave suddenly but this is what I must do. I must get her home alive, no matter what. I will care for her on the plane and make sure she is comfortable at home in Brasov.

I feel I am losing her. Uck, I am losing her, as no one lives forever. I just hope she can see me married before she leaves us.

But I hope no one thinks I would put her on his plane without me there! No, that will not happen! Where she goes, I go. I owe her this.

The problem is, after she goes home, I come back alone. And right now, that idea is so frightening I don't want to think of it.

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Old 04-11-2014, 08:22 AM   #3983
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PF, shingles aren't a "one and done" problem? I have my annual check-up with my doctor tomorrow (actually today per MA time) and I plan on asking about the vaccination. I'm surrounded by family that has had them. Mom was around 60 when she had a bout, our son was only 15 and in his freshman year of high school. When he got them we thought he had developed a rash from the wrestling mats at school. Imagine how surprised we all were to find out he had shingles. He's 33 now and, fingers crossed, hasn't had a repeat episode.

Carol, I hope those clear up quickly for him. Our son was young so he toughed it through OK, but I remember Mom being miserable for quite a while.
Nope, not a "one and done" problem. Get the shot! I had a minimal reaction to the vaccine, but it's because I didn't have any protection against the virus, never developed the antibodies against it.

You know that statistic that 1 in 100 people can get chicken pox again? Guess which group I fall into. I've had chicken pox 4-5 times and the shingles a couple of times.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:33 AM   #3984
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:34 AM   #3985
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This is the hard part. My whole family knows. She has an appointment with her doctor tomorrow and I may have to speak of this.

I will go with her, Addie. I may have to leave suddenly but this is what I must do. I must get her home alive, no matter what. I will care for her on the plane and make sure she is comfortable at home in Brasov.

I feel I am losing her. Uck, I am losing her, as no one lives forever. I just hope she can see me married before she leaves us.

But I hope no one thinks I would put her on his plane without me there! No, that will not happen! Where she goes, I go. I owe her this.

The problem is, after she goes home, I come back alone. And right now, that idea is so frightening I don't want to think of it.

With love,
~Cat
You won't be alone for long, you have Laki and Carl and US! I know we are not DA, but we will continue to fill your life with joy.

Think of the Love and Trust you have received, the Privilege of caring for DA and learning more about her and her life. Remember, this is her Journey and she wants you at her side as her Companion, but only for the first steps, after that Someone stronger will be there to Greet her and be her Companion for the rest of her Journey.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:28 AM   #3986
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My husband has been in a lot of pain the past several days and he just showed me a rash on his side. He has shingles! I will call the DR tomorrow for meds. I am very glad to know what was causing the pain since he would NOT go to the doctor, but he is in for some really miserable days ahead. Shingles is terrible, and really bad in an older person. He is 71.
Shingles can be very painful, very debilitating in some. In others it's more like a bad rash and very annoying. I had the first kind. My shingles occurred just before I came down with a devastating case of Lyme disease that left me bed bound for months and very sick for a very long time. I'll always wonder if having had the shingles made my Lyme disease so bad.

I had to be off work for a month from shingles and was horribly fatigued for quite a while after that.
Acyclovir is often rx'd for shingles. Or maybe another type of antiviral is now the preferred med.

A person with shingles should also avoid being around anyone who is pregnant or might suspect they're pregnant.

Also, from the CDC, but I'm sure his doctor will tell him this also:

"A person with shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious.
Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox and the risk of a person with shingles spreading the virus is low if the rash is covered."


I hope your husbands shingles is very limited in it's scope. Keep us posted.
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He is in extreme pain. I was too when I had it. We were headed to MedExpress but stopped at the PCP's office on a chance they could see him. They did, and saved us $25 copay.

PF, you are the first person I have heard that had it more than once. It says online that it's possible, but rare. The doctor really wants me to get the vaccine. DH really doesn't want me to. It also said online that you can still get shingles if you take the vaccine, but it will be a very mild case. I don't want to get shingles again, but there's something about me, that if something can go wrong, it will. I am the one who gets the very rare side effects of meds. I am the one who gets the rare complications after surgeries or other medical procedures. So I'm hesitant to have it.

My step daughter had it in high school. Over the years her husband has had it, my step-son had it. None of these people caught it from each other. I was the only one who had it bad enough to need pain med. They were all much younger than I. I had the pain for 6 months afterwards, but I was only off work the first 6 days after diagnosis. No matter who you talk to, most have a family member who had it.
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Cat, I hope your DA is OK. You have taken very good care of her.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:09 PM   #3989
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Doc offered me the shingles shot when I was in my 50s. I was easy to convince. Got the shot and never had any issues with it.
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Doc offered me the shingles shot when I was in my 50s. I was easy to convince. Got the shot and never had any issues with it.

I think you did the right thing, Andy. I am considering it, too. I really don't want to wait until I get it again and have to say, "Yes, you can get it more than once."
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