April 12 I have an aching in the right side of my abdomen today. After my usual bedtime bath, I notice a rash of red spots on my tummy and my right side. It stings a little.
I am thankful that somewhere in my consciousness, I recognise the rash as the first signs of shingles or herpes varicella – zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox.
April 13 I am incredibly thankful that I have managed to get an appointment with my doctor before the Easter weekend, and I begin a course of antiviral medication. I stock up on immune enhancing foodstuffs for the week ahead.
April 14 -16 The pain has increased considerably, and I now have a very bright red rash and blisters stretching from my belly button, around the right side of my ribs to the middle of my back. I also have a fever, and feel very tired.
My sister calls with home cooked food, some DVDs and a fluorescent, plastic Easter bunny – they all enhance my bodies natural endorphins.
Sleep is now a distant memory as the virus grips the nerve endings in my lower back, tummy and side. The nerves pulse on and off relentlessly.
I am thankful for the comfort of a pillow to hug, as the night seems so very long…
April 17 I am feeling brighter today, and the redness in my skin is reducing.
I am thankful for the herb Melissa, which is growing in my garden. I have been making Melissa tea, and it is very soothing. My skin is also thankful for bathing in Apple Cider Vinegar several times a day.
April 18 I potter a little in my garden for a while, and I feel much the better for it.
I am thankful for more progress.
April 19 I actually manage to sleep/meditate quite a bit tonight. I feel bathed in a healing cocoon.
I am thankful for a visit from a kind neighbour, who offers to get my shopping for me.
April 20 Vitamin B12 rises into my consciousness today, and I procrastinate about asking my doctor for injections.
I am thankful for a dear blogging friend who gives me positive feedback on their benefits to a family member, and I pick up the phone; I have an appointment for April 25.
April 21 My skin is looking better, and the blisters are definitely drying up.
I am thankful for the ongoing kindness of my sister, who visits with a bundle of magazines to read.
Sleep is gradually coming back in small bursts.
April 22 My home gets a good clean today, after I take my own advice and fill small dishes with sea salt and place one in each room.
My spirits rise further when I laugh out loud at Hugh’s flash fiction “Fluff”. Last week, I would have been so glad of that screwdriver!
April 23 I have missed singing in our church choir over Easter, and I decide to join the mass today as a non singing participant.
I am thankful for a cup of tea in the church hall with my usual Sunday buddies. They give me yet another boost.
April 24 Autumn Roberts has offered to send me some distance healing tonight, and I sleep so much better afterwards.
I am thankful for her kindness. Please call round and visit her blog In The Autumn Of My Life
April 25 My doctor gives me my first vitamin B12 injection. I feel a healing coolness travelling round my body.
Bedtime is 5.30 tonight, but I sleep the best yet.
I am thankful that the spasms in my skin and tummy are easing, and my spine already feels so much better.
April 26 I walk to the local post office today, potter in my garden for a while, have another visit from my sister…
The worst feels behind me now, and I am thankful for each and every small step on this healing journey.
I am thankful for taking time out to heal, and accepting the kindness of others. These past few months have included a number of life challenges regarding grief and loss.
“This too shall pass.”
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