Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 025

My Daddy

I’d heard of the shingles – heard that it is horrible, painful, miserable.  But now my Daddy has it, and I see for myself what a terrible thing it is!  My word, it’s awful! 

Several weeks ago Dad’s back was out and giving him fits, so we finally talked him into going to the Doctor.  After several trips and finally seeing a specialist, he was treated for sciatica.  He seemed to be getting better, but began complaining of a pain in his side, then near the breast bone, then around back, then behind his ear….  We were so scared it was his heart at first, but again, after finally talking him into going to the doctor, it was determined that it was not his heart.  Dr. S. mentioned shingles, but there was no rash, so he thought he’d better check on other areas.  He was concerned it may be his lungs, so did another X-ray.  Nothing showed up there. 

Well, the pain kept getting worse and worse, and Dad stayed in bed nearly all the time, eventually even quit trying to eat.   My boss even asked me if he had shingles so I looked it up on the internet just to see what all the symptoms were.  I called Gen, and while discussing our options, she decided to look for the rash again.  Well, there it was – all over his side and back!  So back to the doctor for a confirmed diagnosis. 

Now Dad is on 3 medications and sleeps most of the time – which is really good since he couldn’t sleep at all for awhile because of the pain!  He also has a little bit of an appetite again; yesterday he ate half of a hamburger and some chips!  He still hurts badly, but I think it is more bearable.  He will also carry on a conversation with you if he is awake, which is such a blessing!

The prayer request now is that he will take his medication as he is supposed to.  Most of you reading this are aware that my Daddy and Mom are experiencing varying degrees of dementia.  They both are able to care for their basic needs with a little help, so my sister goes over to keep up with the housework and make sure they eat a good meal, while the rest of us kids & grandkids help out where we can.  Gen is there daily to give him the morning and midday meds, and calls him for the nighttime dose.  Well, often he says he is “going right now to take it,” but doesn’t!  Then the pain gets bad, and he doesn’t remember why he is hurting so much.  So if the Lord brings us to your remembrance, please pray for my Daddy – and for Gen!


God bless your day!




About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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12 Responses to Shingles

  1. ALDOG1 says:

    I wish he were feeling better than he is but glad there is some improvement.  I guess time and meds will take care of it but I wish it oculd be faster for Dad’s sake.  I just hate to think of him hurting like that!  He is our precious Daddy!  Give him my huge, huge love.B

  2. pettybunch says:

    @ALDOG1 – I’ve been telling him every day that you ask about him, and send your love.  Yesterday was the first time I’d seen him out of bed since it got bad – he wasn’t out for long, but it was sure good to see him up!

  3. Poor Granddad! We can’t wait for him to get better. 🙂

  4. I am praying right now!  Oh, my – my mother had shingles about 6 years ago, and it was awful.  She still has pain from it.  She was on major pain meds for a long time, and it was that episode that ended up being the reason I moved my parents to my area.  Turned out for the best, but I do hope that your father recovers quickly!

  5. pettybunch says:

    @piecedtreasures – Thank you for the prayers!  The Dr. warned that this might be an ongoing thing, but one of the meds is supposed to help it not be so bad if/when it recurs.

  6. Aww, your poor Daddy! That just breaks my heart. I don’t know anyone who’s had shingles so I can only imagine, but I’ve always had a heart for the elderly (I’m kinda hoping that’s where ministry leads me one day — that and youth — two opposites, right? 🙂 ) and so I will be praying he remembers his medication.Good fathers are such treasures, aren’t they?

  7. Abbiegirl says:

    Wow,thats so sad, I’ll be praying for him and all the family.Abigail

  8. pettybunch says:

    @PrincessOfSeptember –  Thank you for your prayers, and yes, good Daddies are treasures, and I sure have a treasure!@Abbiegirl – Abbie, thank you so much for your prayers!  We are all grateful.

  9. RahChild says:

    i am sorry to hear that about Granddad! I’ll be praying for a speedy recovery for him.

  10. wondering04 says:

    Praying that he eats, gets rest and recovers quickly without it returning.Heather

  11. pettybunch says:

    @wondering04 – Thank you, Heather!  My sister was with him yesterday and he put on his overalls and wore them all day!  He ate a good lunch and then sat in his chair in the den for a good while.  I am so thankful for everyone’s prayers!

  12. wondering04 says:

    Praise God for that good report.Heather

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