In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

A Tribute and Celebration

We were the class of 1958, members of the Greatest Generation as well as children of the Greatest Generation. Born in 1940, we are also called members of the Traditional Generation.

Our childhood, post World War II, "was the best of times . . . it was the age of wisdom . . . it was the epoch of belief . . .it was the season of Light . . . it was the spring of hope . . . we had everything before us . . .we were all going direct to Heaven . . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.) At least, that's the way I felt about it. We were truly blessed.

- Ouida Tomlinson -

This blog is a place for 1958 graduates of Meridian, Mississippi, High School to stay in touch, post their news, items of interest and photographs.

CLASS OF 1958 MEMORIES (Click to read all posts relating to sports, honors, graduation and other memories of our class in 1957-58.)




Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shingles Vaccination

If you had chickenpox as a child, you should get to your doctor and get a shingles vaccination.

To be honest, I had never thought that much about shingles. About 10 days back I woke up with five or six small red bumps on my chest. I figured I had encountered some insect that had left its mark. The next day there were a few more spots and by the fourth day, there was a streak extending from my chest to my back. I did an internet search and was fairly sure that the bumps were shingles. A trip to the doctor confirmed it. The doctor half way joking said, "I've got good news and bad news. It is shingles which is generally not to serious but to treat it, you should have come in earlier. To be effective, the treatment should be started within 48 hours of the first outbreak." The doctor said I would be very uncomfortable for a couple of weeks and could be given something for pain if necessary.

I have a rather high tolerance for pain so I declined any pain pills.

I now know more about shingles than I ever thought I would. If you had chickenpox as a child, the virus stays in your body. It can break out at any time but most often happens after the age of 60. For most people it is extremely uncomfortable, but not serious. There is very little good treatment.

It generally does not make you feel bad enough to be confined to bed but you sure don't feel in top form. I tend to be very active so I noticed I did not have the energy or desire to engage in lots of my normal activities.

So all this is for two things. First, if you have not gotten a shingles vaccination, get one right away. The old adage is true - "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If you suspect you are having a shingles attack, get to your doctor or urgent care facility that day. Get on treatment immediately. You will save yourself a lot of discomfort.

1 comment:

Little Scribe said...

Thanks for posting this, John. I had shingles in about 2003. It was before the vaccination came out. It was on the left side of my face and to the left of my eye (that was good). I had a couple of sores and fever and felt awful. I went to the doctor on about day 3 or 3, but I think he gave me the shot anyway that I should have had within the 48 hours. I had a problem for a long time. It is called postherpetic neuralgia and was very painful. The doctor said that I would have the pain on my face for the rest of my life. He prescribed neurontin. The side effects were as bad as the pain, and I limited the prescription to flareups of the neuralgia, but even with this limitation, taking the neurontin was a big problem. Finally, I chose the pain over the prescription and quit taking it. Good news. The pain eventually stopped after 3 or 4 years, and I have had no more problems.