Shingles?! Awww C’mon

I’m one of the happiest people I know and one of the most relaxed (especially after a glass of wine) HOW can I be stressed? I mean that IS what typically triggers shingles, right? That horrible condition that flairs up in adults who, as kids, had chicken pox? Stress. That thing that happens to people who over-worry, over-work, over-see and over-do?

I remember as a teen learning about my Nana’s bout with shingles. And, my dad has had them twice! Painful, uncomfortable, burning, itching, blistery …. eeeew. That’s just nasty. But me? No, that happens to other people. Bad stuff happens to other people. Besides, I’m way too young!!! I have great control over my emotions; I handle drama with ease; I share my feelings; I don’t hold things inside; I laugh a lot; I cry with no shame; I ….

…. Well, Don’t I????

Alright, let’s analyze the situation. My 15 yr. old doggie died in May (sad, sad, sad..the longest relationship I’ve ever had). My step-daughter is now living with us for the summer (may I remind you of what YOU were like at 20 and single?). My parents SOLD and are now down-sizing this summer (what ARE we going to DO with all that STUFF?). Extended family in town; drywall repair from a leaky roof; a travel schedule that extends from Vegas to Minneapolis to Albuquerque to the Dominican Republic to Telluride to Pittsburgh and all within 3 months!!! AND, I’m launching my very own jewelry line this fall (the most exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done!).

A recipe for stress?? Must I admit it….? Call me old. Call me one of those other people. Call me someone who’s lucky she has a hairstyle with bangs! I don’t just have shingles. I have them on my FACE! Aaaauugghhh! This stress is causing more stress!!!

Truth is, it could be worse. I could have learned that I’m suddenly allergic to wine (as I had initially thought), a fate much worse than shingles. So, perhaps it’s time to pour myself a glass and just calm down. “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” Ha, ain’t that the truth!!!

Always ‘rock’ your full potential (even if today you’ve gotta fake it) ~


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35 Responses to “Shingles?! Awww C’mon”

  1. Bev Hance says:

    Oh no Judy, I am so sorry for you. I’m beginning to think “shingles” is the ‘in’ status as in the last 7 months I know of 8 people who have had them. My mother had them. I am 72 yrs. young and didn’t remember if I had chicken pox as a child so on the advice of my doctor I had a blood test 3 weeks ago, guess what? I did have them as a child. Found out my insurance would not cover the fee for the shot
    ($246.00) but felt for my peace of mind it may be a good investment. I had the shot last Monday. And have since learned I could still get them! Yikes! Glad you still have a sense of humor, but then you’ve always been a trooper. I hope also you have a mild case that will be gone SOON. And on that note I think I’ll be tipping a glass of Chardonnay & saying “here’s to you gal, you still rock!”

  2. Peggy says:

    Oh you are so much more positive than I would be. Poor you, and I mean that honestly. I have not had shingles (knock on wood) but have heard horror stories – including yours. Have another glass of wine; if not, I’ll have a glass for you! May your episode of shingles be short with minimal pain/discomfort.

  3. Rochelle says:

    Hello, Judy………….What a coincidence…….(Just Thursday) . . . . My brother has the same: Shingles…….He thought it was a tooth problem, pains in his jaw and teeth, moving around pains and throbs. Well, after several trips within a few days to two dentists, he noticed a very small blemish on his face above his lip. A trip to the dermatologist, and then to his doctor, and both agreed, it’s Shingles. There is a medication that he must take 5 times a day to minimize the outbreak. Oh, and he has been saying that a glass of wine does minimize the pain. Well, the best of luck, Judy. I’ll find out the name of the medication and I’ll let you know. R.

  4. Shawn says:

    Judy it sounds like you had chicken pox as a kid. I know I had them back in 1989 so I hope I don’t get Shingles. We just want you to remember that we love you and support you. Also we can’t wait to see your new Jewlery line. Take care and we wish you a speedy recovery.

  5. Hi Judy…I feel for you!!! I have had shingles twice. The first time was 2 days after the 9/11 terrorist attack. My Mpls son and his family live less than a mile from the Mall of the Americas. It was reported that there might be a plane headed for that mall. In 2001 they gave me nothing for it. I dealt with it for almost a year. The initial breakout lasted for about 3 weeks but I was hit with the post herpetic nueralgia part and had shooting pain going up my right arm for almost a year. The break-out started on my right shoulder and went clear down to my hand. The second bout I got in 2011 when I found out my daughter needed a kidney transplant, This was after I had the “Shingles shot” which made it a much lighter case. Knowing what I experienced, I just want you to know that you are in my prayers. And, by the way, best wishes with deserved success with the new jewelry line. I have followed you and Paul since you were both on QVC. I remember when you first got Brie and she became a topic of comments I looked forward to when you were a host. I am an animal lover. Love and hugs…Beverly Cozik (Bev)
    P.S. I bought Paul’s jewelry book way back and I still look at it and I just happen to have the turquoise ring that is featured in it….

  6. Veronica says:

    Hi Judy,
    Sorry to hear about your shingles. I am a senior senior and a lot of people don’t know that there is a shot for shingles. I am in upstate NY and it is widely advertised reminding people to get the shot. Hope you feel better quickly. Love to see you back on tv with your new line of jewelry. I’ve got my shot, it’s worth the time to get it and prevent shingles.

  7. Linda says:

    Judy I am so sorry to hear that you have shingles. Wishing you a speedy recovery from the shingles and all the added stress in your life. Our 13 year old dog died in January so I can relate to your loss. The loss of a pet causes more stress than we realize Looking forward to your new jewelry line.

  8. Mary Ann Motto says:

    Sorry to hear about your situation. I had shingles back in 1995 when I was 49. They didn’t know what it was because it wasn’t recognizable to the doctor. It was on my right leg and literally came out of no where. I was running on the treadmill and working out on the rower and was in great condition then out of the blue BAM!!! My leg, hip were on FIRE. Pain like I couldn’t explain. You couldn’t touch me, I couldn’t touch my leg. I couldn’t sit, or walk. I was out of work and finally lost my job. All I knew was it was my cross to carry and I have a very good and considerate caring husband who helped me. Took me to every doctor appt. and MRI X-ray Venus Doppler test. Finally on to PT. after all the working out I had been doing doe many years, I had trouble doing one revolution on the bike. Pain pain pain, tears rolling down my cheeks. They kept working with me everyday for two weeks, and then three days a week. I listened and kept hope and asked the good Lord to help me. My brother had died the year before of a painful and quick cancer. My father died three years before him. I kept thinking of them. My motivation was to be able to walk down the aisle for my sons wedding in 8 weeks. I was already into it for four weeks. I was on a mission. The difficult part was they didn’t know what was wrong. The doctors couldn’t understand what happened. After hearing about shingles and the symptoms, I realized, that’s what it had to be. I still have nerve damage in my right leg and burning after all these years. It’s neuropathy. No problem. I walked down the aisle of my son and beautiful daughter in laws wedding. I was thrilled for them, and so happy that day. However very thin, 106 lb. size 2. My husbands aunt told me two years later that I looked “like hell for my sons wedding”! Not really, I had been through it and came out a winner. We have to walk through the trauma and conquer the fears with Gods help. How can we feel compassion for others if we’ve never have known pain, fear and worry?
    I’m grateful and thank God for His blessings. This week was my 67 birthday and as I sat reading my birthday wishes on FB I received a phone call from an former co worker that another co worker had passed away from cancer. She was to celebrate her 64 birthday today July 20. A lovely soft spoken woman who from all accounts suffered in her last year.
    Judy this too shall pass. Try to make each challenge a positive one, and offer them up for the Glory of God! You can do it and it will be rewarding.

  9. Shirley says:

    Judy ,
    Hang in there !! Indeed u are the happiest person I know!
    I remember you from QVC!!! You were always upbeat i
    Even when things were not!
    This too shall pass HANG IN THERE!
    You are a strong beautiful girl! God bless
    Please keep us posted on your progress
    Blessings xo

  10. Amy says:

    Sorry that you have Shingles. I had chickenpox as a child and have been vaccinated for Shingles.. i certainly hope that vaccine works! Sending you get well wishes.

  11. Jonathan Swartz says:

    I agree with you, Judy. I once knew someone who had shingles and speculated that I didn’t get them because I had chicken pox at an older age than most children (I was 9 years old when I had chicken pox). It was painful (especially the third and fourth days when the itching was non stop and I remember my mom giving me baths in lotion). As a matter of fact, I still have some scars left over today at it has been nearly 25 years).

    Jonathan Swartz

  12. Carol says:

    Well first I have to say how sorry I am to hear about the loss of your 15 year old baby. Just remember Always by your side, Forever in your heart. I remember when you got her. Now to relieve some of that upcoming stress, I will gladly go to the Dominican Republic for you, I’ve been there back in the 80′s and 90′s and have loved it, it was the best kept secret. Now it’s very popular. I have friends who live there, they have such a simple way of life there and they really do love their country. When we go we stay at the Sheraton in Santo Domingo, and it’s such a treat for them to stay with us. They are very funny.
    As for your Shingles, ug that’s horrible, I had them on my breast of all places. Such a painfull illness. I feel for you honey. I hope your a quick recoverer. Don’t scratch at it as it may leave scars on that beautiful face

  13. admin says:

    Thank you, Carol. Yours was such a kind response to my, hopefully short-lived, agony. Aloe, aloe, aloe is my new favorite word. (We really look forward to our Dominican Republic trip!!)

  14. admin says:

    Hi Jonathan. I’m not sure there’s any way to predict whether or not one will get shingles, but you’re right… the itching is DRIVING ME CRAZY!! ha

  15. admin says:

    Thank you, Amy! I’ve read conflicting reports about the shingles vaccine, so I’m not ready to jump in. BUT, I hear it seems to have worked very well for many, so hopefully you’re in the clear. YAY!

  16. admin says:

    Awww, thank you, Shirley. You’re very kind. I can’t WAIT to get back on TV with my jewelry. Keep your eyes peeled for “JOYA by Judy Crowell.” It’s so very very exciting!

  17. admin says:

    Wow, Mary Ann. Thank you for sharing. I’m soooo glad you were well enough to walk down that aisle!!! :)

  18. admin says:

    You are so right, Linda, about the loss of our four-legged friends. I’m sure that Brie’s passing is what started my spiral. Stress management is now one of my new goals!!! (especially for poor Paul’s sake! ha)

  19. admin says:

    Hi Veronica~ I think the shingles shot for “senior seniors” is an excellent idea. When I get to that stage, I’m sure I’ll do the same. I assume these viruses are much more dangerous to the elderly population, so I’m glad they exist. Thank you for your response to my blog!

  20. admin says:

    Hi Bev ~ Thank you for your kind response. This stress thing grabs us all in crazy ways, doesn’t it? (And, I happen to come from a family of worry-warts!! So, there’s that, too! ha) I’m not sure there’s a cure for “doggie-loss sadness” (which may be why this all began) But, I have such a wonderful support system in my partner that I know we’ll get through this together. :)

  21. admin says:

    Thank you, Shawn!

  22. admin says:

    I was put on one, too, Rochelle, with a similar dosage requirement. And the wine? Your brother is so right. (smile)

  23. admin says:

    Thank you, Peggy! I will certainly be able to relate better to others who have been through this. That’s for sure! It’s not fun. P.S. Can you hear the clink of my glass with yours?! :)

  24. admin says:

    Hahahaha Thanks, Bev!!! Delightful!
    Here’s to you, too!!! Cheers!

  25. margie sanders says:

    hi judy ,my husband just got over them and he is just 50.get well soon.

  26. Rochelle says:

    Just talked again with my brother…….he said that besides a glass of wine, an alternative is a small glass of Irish Whiskey or Bourbon at night which works well (for him). I’m guessing it relaxes the nerves, and perhaps alleviates the nerve pain. Just guessing, though. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Try to relax as much as possible. Sending healing and peaceful thoughts your way……..R.

  27. Bonnie says:

    Oh, dear Judy ! So very sorry to hear this distressing news …. i will be praying for your quick recovery ! Unless one has suffered thru this horrible affliction they cannot begin to understand this agony,, the fear & unbelievable discomfort …. it’ s the worst disease I can imagine. You are dealing with a lot of life changing “issues” {hate that word, but sometimes it just fits!} and even positive things are stressful. I’m so glad Paul is so caring, supportive and loving because you need that most of all. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery …. take a stiff shot of Whiskey … skip the wine … sugar ain’t so great right now…. Eat healthy ! Your body needs strength to heal. Rest, rest, rest …. everything & everyone will wait – it’s time for Judy to take care of Judy ! Blessings, Bunny/Bonnie K.

  28. admin says:

    Bunny ~ Your post made me smile. How very thoughtful and right-on you are!!! Thank you for the sweet message, the friendly advice and your sensitive, motherly instinct. At the moment, I’m MISERABLE, but this too shall pass. Visions of showing you my new jewelry line dance in my head. ;)

  29. Elle says:

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you are feeling better SOON! What a positive outlook – that’s sure to help the healing process.

  30. Rochelle says:

    Hope you are doing much better now. My brother has (visually) significantly improved. Still has slight fleeting pains here and there, but much better than the initial outbreak. Sending healing, pain-free wishes your way. R.

  31. admin says:

    Much better now, Rochelle. Glad your brother’s feeling better, too!

  32. Shawn says:

    Judy we’re glad you’re feeling better. Try not to worry to much and you should be just fine. Please let us know when you will launch your new jewelry line and on what channel!!!!!!!

  33. Rochelle says:

    So glad you are doing better. Just viewed your Facebook page……..You look wonderfully healthy and ‘looking and feeling good’!! Beautiful scenery, too. Fresh air and a change of scenery always helps us feel better. Take good care. Enjoy your vacation!

  34. Michelle says:

    So good to catch up with you. I feel like I know you from the early QVC days. QVC is not the same without the old crew. I empathize with your dog passing; mine did recently, and it’s like the death of a family member. BTW, I had shingles a few years ago at 45 caused from stress. It was on my scalp. Be sure to be careful about your eyes. I had an unexplained tear in my retina, and the doctor was scared it was a result of shingles. Fortunately, it wasn’t. Just be aware. Not sure what you can do other than not scratch, don’t touch eyes and immediately get eyes checked if you feel any problems with them.
    Best wishes to you. I look forward to following your career and purchasing your jewelry.
    Michelle from New Orleans

  35. cat says:

    Judy, I can remember when my mom had them, years and years ago when there were no meds to be given. She is a strong lady , even today at 85. I can still seeing her laying on the sofa tears rolling down her cheeks because of the intense pain. Her’s popped out right above her eyebrow, very small tiny bumps and I couldn’t understand at the time, how something so small could be so painful. It left her with a scar. Now today they at least have some meds that can take the edge off… You may think you are cool and calm and can carry the world on your shoulders, surprise!, welcome to reality… You have to slow down, for so very long you were and sounds like you still are, all over the place. Trust me, all the money in the world isn’t worth your health.

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