Happy First Friday in February!
In case you are wondering, yes I'm still suffering the effects of shingles at the 4-week mark. I'm trying to stay hopeful that the itchiness and burning and pain will be gone by 6 weeks. Otherwise, it's possible that I have PHN and will have neurological issues lasting months/years. Please pray it goes away, I can't take much more suffering! The sad thing is that I offered up my suffering when I was first diagnosed for a mom and baby who need some medical miracles, and now I'm like "Just kidding God, can you use my suffering for someone who doesn't need it very much?" Boy, this road to (hopeful) sainthood is humbling. In my story, nobody will say how I suffered heroically. But I'm praying the (complaint-filled) suffering alone gets me some points.
Upon reading horror stories of shingles (one lady who had it in the same area as me scratched her scalp so much that she created a hole in her skull!) I learned that eating a low-inflammation diet might help. While I'm not going Whole 30 yet, I immediately tried to remove a lot of grains and sugar from my diet. I bought this little waffle maker to make chaffles (one egg + 1/2 cup shredded cheese = 2 chaffles) and I am in love. I add a little garlic powder to make cheesy garlic bread and I promise you, I don't miss bread...yet. Here was my lunch today - an egg salad chaffle: