Friday, June 11, 2010


Thanks SO much for all the kind words and prayers for my dad.

He is in the hospital with shingles. He is in a lot of pain. But anti-viral and fluid IVs are helping him get better. Ironically, the cancer drugs didn't make him sick (yet... crossing fingers) but the anti-viral pills he was on sure did. He is off the cancer meds for now so his immune system can fight the shingles.

Just so you know, if you ever get shingles (and now that I have seen pictures of my poor dad, I sincerely hope you don't), apple cider vinegar can really reduce the pain, and possibly even shorten the time you have the virus. I found this link and my dad said that before the acv, his pain level was very literally at an 11 on a scale of 1-10. And he has a high threshold for pain. After a few treatments of letting gauze soaked in acv sit on his face, the pain went down to a 5. I am so glad he had some relief and that he is now getting good care at the hospital. (He was too sick to even make it up there the first couple of days.)

I am finding things to eat again and am not quite as frustrated. That's good. Because I need to eat.

I have a tiny bit of energy back, and am not in bed 24/7. Yay.

Jake is enjoying Summer!!! I LOVE how relaxed and happy he is during the Summer. We are friends, instead of me having to drive him all the time to finish homework, etc. etc. He does chores with hardly any complaints because he wants to earn allowance.

I loved the Little Dorrit series that just played on PBS. SO GOOD. Did anyone else catch it? Their Oliver Twist was amazing last year too. I'm so mad I missed the airing of Emma earlier this year!


JoAnna said...

Love to hear it all! I'm going to have to look for that PBS series! Sounds great! Love ya!

Jana said...

After seeing pictures of your dad, I hope I never get shingles! OUCH!!

Kimberly said...

ooo, not fun. My mom just had shingles too and I can't tell you how miserable she was. I wish I had known about the apple cider vinegar then... I'll file it away for a later date, although I have to say I hope we don't need it! So sorry you're dad's been having a rough time...

Thank you for commenting on my post at bugaboo, mini, mr & me. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does crazy things when they sew! :) I know I'm totally a novice, but sometimes my "fails" amaze even me! :)

Hope to see you again!