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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shingles


I'm currently sick now and am having the shingles. 
In Chinese, its called 生蛇. (if translated directly it's called growing snakes)
According to this website, shingles is a painful skin rash. 
It is caused by the varicella zoster virus (which is also known as the chicken pox virus) and it usually appears in a band or a strip on the face or any part of the body. 
In my case, its on my left arm and it looks like....
this.

 This might not seem too gross, but if you take a look at it closely,
Its like tiny little red lumps all over and it really hurts.
Its giving me sharp pains on and off.
Kinda like someone poking you with a knife over and over again on the same spot. =(
It comes to the point where it hurts so bad that I only got 2 hours of sleep last night.


Anyway, I went to see a skin doctor today and after he saw my condition he asked me,
'Do you have diabetes or any other medical condition?'
And I was like, 'No.'
Then he asked if I had the chicken pox before and if I was stressed out recently.
Yes to both questions. No thanks to the education system about the stressed out thing.


If you've studied Biology before you probably know that the chicken pox virus doesn't go away even after you've recovered. (I got it when I was like 5 or 6 years old by the way)
The virus just kinda hibernates in your body.

So..

Chicken pox virus + Stress + Weak immune system = Shingles


Its contagious but you can't get the shingles from someone that has them.
But if you have never gotten the chicken pox before...and if you come close to me...
There's a small chance that you might get it. 
Thank God my whole family has gotten it before.


And here's the part I hate the most about being sick. Medication.

 You know what's ridiculous? The cost of my medicines is at least worth 10 Starbucks drinks. TEN!
I'm not even exaggerating.


I have trouble swallowing huge pills.
So I have to crush them and mix them with water just to take them.
I know, its gross, but I don't really have a choice. 

Oh, and the Chinese tend to say that if the 'snake' grows one round around your body, you will die. 
lol okay doubt I'll die cause of this.
Anyway my doctor said that since I'm young I'll recover fast.
Might take about a week for it to fully recover.


Well now I'm just hoping that this pain will stop.

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