Last night, my injection site from my Shingles vaccine on June 7th, was three inches in diameter, hot, red, swollen and ITCHY!!! I called my primary care physician and he told me it sounded like my arm was either infected or I was having an allergic reaction to the vaccine. He strongly suggested I go down to Urgent Care.
I did, and again, I was so impressed with new health insurance. They put a wrist band on wrists of all people coming in for treatment, so less chance of mix ups. I did not wait longer than five minutes before I was called into a room with a nurse. She took my temp, my blood pressure, my history and wrote down my reason for coming in.
She had me return to the waiting room, and before I could finish telling my husband what she did, she called me to see the doctor. A young woman doctor came in and greeted me, and asked to see my arm. She confirmed I was having an allergic reaction. It appears I am allergic to Neosporin and Latex.
She advised me to continue the ice packs, to take Benadryl at night, use Benadryl cream during the day. When I told her I was leaving on a trip to California on Monday, she suggested Prednisone 20mg twice a day in the am, for five days to "trick" my body from having an allergic reaction and to stop the itching...She told me to make sure and take it first thing in the morning with food as it may make me feel a little "jittery".
WHOA! I feel like I could lift a car!! I have been going like a house afire all day...cleaning out my master closet, getting donations bags ready, doing laundry, emailing, blogging, cleaning out cupboards and drawers, fixed my neighbors printer, took Izzy on a loooooonnnnng walk.... WHOO-HOOOOO! I can see why athletes like to take this stuff!! I feel like I am 20 years old!!
I will be taking this little "energy boosters" until Wednesday... My oldest daughter always complains I wear myself out and poop out too early....I called and prepared her for "the turbo version" of her Mother to visit her on Monday...in fact, I called my younger daughter to bring Jacob and come join us!! Tuesday, I will spend the day with my older daughter, and I plan to WEAR HER OUT for a change! Wednesday, my last day on the steroids, my daughter and her family leave for vacation.
I had planned on meeting two of my girlfriends, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday night...NOW, today, I called and rearranged our visits so I can meet one during the day for lunch and one at night for dinner.
Thursday I will head over to my Mom's. She visits Dad on Thursdays, so I will get to see my Dad twice while I am there! Mom turns 84 on the 21st, but she has plans with several of her friends, so we will celebrate all day on Saturday. She called me today and is having computer problems, so I will see if I can help her Thursday and Friday, then Friday night I will spend the night with my sister, and back to Mom's on Saturday morning. My sister is off to the Irish Festival with her husband, son, daughter in law and their in laws. Hopefully, she will get home early enough to join
Mom and I are Mom's celebration dinner.
Sunday, is Father's Day, and after wards, we will all go out to lunch and celebrate my younger brother's birthday, my birthday, and Mom's birthday and just enjoy one another and laugh....
Monday I will spend with my youngest daughter Jodee and little Jacob. She is taking me to Olive Garden to celebrate my birthday. Fun, fun, fun...can't wait!! She is having Jacob's pictures taken professionally, so I will meet her there and help her keep him smiling...and then after we will go to lunch...
Tuesday, I return home... (What a jabber box!) I have so much energy... I LOVE this stuff!!!