As this is my Valentine's post I would like to say Happy Valentine's Day to you and I hope that you're able to enjoy it with the ones you love. I usually get to have a nice dinner with my husband on Valentine's but this year we agreed we could celebrate it another day so that I could work a restaurant shift that night and I could make some nice tip money from others enjoying their special night. Little did I know that I would come down with a case of shingles that now has half my face covered in disgusting sore blisters. Shingles!
The shingles have surrounded my left eye and the scary thing about this second-round bout of the chicken-pox is that if it reaches my optic-nerve, I have a chance of sight damage or blindness. As I sat in the doctor's office with my eyes dilated and waiting for my exam, I tried to look at magazines. With everything a complete blur, I felt a wave of fear of what it might be like to lose some of my vision. I'm a visual person and I communicate visually. I need my eyes. I love my eyes.
I've been tested a couple of times now and while I won't be serving any dinners to loving couples while looking like Quasimodo and I won't be gazing into the eyes of my own husband that night, I am very happy to say that my left eye is okay. I can handle looking horrific this Valentine's if it means I get to see with both eyes next Valentine's.
P.S. This is the part where I put in a plug for getting your child vaccinated against chicken-pox. I think it's worth it.