PABunny, I'm sorry to hear you have shingles. One of my brothers got it when he was in dental school - so in his mid to late 20's. He managed to keep going with it. My SIL got it two years ago - I think she was 58 then. She had a horrible case of it - she was in bed for a couple of months. She's still taking medications for the aftereffects. Take care of yourself!
I got the shingles shot at Costco after my SIL got shingles. I think it was about $220. It had been $270 a year or two before when I checked, so the price had come down some. While I was sitting there waiting my turn, the woman sitting next to me heard me trying to convince my husband to get the shot. She said she had had shingles and this would be the best couple of hundred dollars I ever spent.
It is only about 50% effective in preventing you from getting it altogther, but if you've had the vaccine, if you do get shingles, you're much more likely to have a mild case.
Luckily, because of ACA, I can get an insurance policy we can actually afford (we've been going in the red buying my policy through hubby's employer)—and I can get out of Kaiser. So I might be able to get a shingles vaccine through my new doctor, as soon as all that kicks in.
"There's no crying in baseball!"
-- Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own
My gated community, immediately south of SF, is bordered by a cemetery, a golf course, and the San Bruno Mountains. So, at night, all the nocturnal mountain critters come on down to see what they can find to eat. We get raccoons, possums and skunks. I believe in saving any food leftovers for the wildlife and put it outside in our yard at night. In summer we leave our side door open with a chain for our cats to come ad go. One night we were watching TV in our bedroom when I saw a skunk coming down the hallway towards our bedroom. DH was laying down and didn't see our visitor, so I told him to just stay very still. Happily, the skunk saw me sitting up and decided not to stay and he just turned around and trottred out the door he came in by. We just said, "Whew!"
Better to say "whew!" than "P.U.!"
"The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination."
--Marion Zimmer Bradley
That was a great message! And I've had a terrible day, so thank you.I love random acts of kindness.Really, realy appreciated.Scott- RIP SDL<3
My utterance would have been a low-key, "Aw Helllll......."
"...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
I'm exposed to so many germs every day, but I don't get sick very often. Many of the customers that I come in contact with are sick and come to us directly from the doctors office. I've had an elderly lady literally cough in my face... I felt her spit hit my cheek. We have one customer who has some kind of skin disorder and I cringe whenever I have to handle the money that he hands me. And another customer who is morbidly obese, probably close to 400 pounds. In the summer she carries her money inside her bra and she fishes around in there, digs it out and hands me a handful of crumpled up, sweaty bills. Needless to say, I wash my hands OFTEN, I use hand sanitizer constantly, and I get a flu shot.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ew - just ew! to the bra part.
Count your blessings!
I know lots of women who store things in their bra. I was talking to someone a while back who said she used to carry her cell phone in her bra until she met a woman diagnosed with breast cancer and the tumor was exactly in the exact spot where the woman had always carried her cell phone....and the tumor was the same shape as the phone. I don't carry my phone in my bra, but I definitely wouldn't after hearing that, even if there's only a tiny chance that the story is true.
My best friend growing up used to cram her cash into this little coin purse, so when she pulled money out to pay anywhere is was always in this wad. At least it wasn't sweaty
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"