Friends, I have shingles (warning, don't click through unless you really want the info.).
Five years ago I had my first outbreak. I thought I had been bitten by a spider thanks to the swollen gland at the base of my neck and the trail of itchy spots up my scalp. But when I went to the doctor she pronounced "shingles!", put me on a seven day does of medication, and sent me home to bed for a week. (Easy with a 1 and 3 year old, right?! Thank goodness for Grandma.)
And let me tell you ... it was the worst.pain.EVER!!! It felt like what I would imagine someone putting out a lit cigarette on my head would feel like. The slightest touch to my head or hair would set my entire head on fire. I couldn't go outside because the wind on my head caused the worst.pain.ever. Worse than child-birth ... because at the end of THAT I had a baby. At the end of shingles ... you just worry that they may come back someday. Because, unlike chicken-pox, they CAN come back. Again and again, apparently.
Anyways, fast-forward five years, and Saturday evening I noticed that the gland at the base of my neck was swollen again. And my scalp was a bit tender in the same location I had them the first time. And I was feeling exhausted (but it could also have just been laziness from not doing anything for two days during Nemo?). Sunday was a packed day, and while my head hurt ... I was in denial. Monday ... same thing. But Monday night, I knew something was wrong.
Yesterday I went to the doctor and, yep ... shingles. But this time we caught them early enough that the doctor thinks I won't be in as much pain as last time. I'll just be slightly in pain, exhausted and have flu-like symptoms for at least a week. Good times ....
And why am I writing about this? Well, obviously I won't be doing any outfit posts for the next week or so. Mostly because any movement near my head is quite uncomfortable and wearing a knit hat in all the photos could look a bit awkward. And no movement on or near my head also means ... I won't be washing my hair for the foreseeable future. (yuck?)
But let's find the silver lining! A while back I read about Natalie's routine of not washing her hair for a week (apparently by the 5th day there's some MAJOR volume?!) and dry shampoo recommendations. I'm going to call it Project Dirty Hair. Next Tuesday, I'll either be shingle free with amazing hair or shingle free and just really gross. (As long as it's not shingled and gross I'll be happy.) Let's see how it goes ...