A Pain in the Butt. Literally!

August 8, 2010
What happens when shingles breaks out on the part of the body that sits on a chair?

Marie Adelaide on sofa with turban and reading a bookI was rather proud of myself last month because I wrote two blogs a week, even though I was out of the office from the 13th to the 31st. I also managed to write a couple newsletters. Expected to come back to work refreshed and energized, with lots of good memories of an Elderhostel trip to Arizona with two grandsons and the celebration of our fiftieth with all our children and most of the grandchildren.

The memories are there, but at the end of the vacation one of those never-saw-it-coming moments dropped into my life. I developed shingles, of all things. And it broke out on my rear end, of all places. And even though the doctor said it would only last a week to ten days, we’re well past that time already. The only up side is that the pain isn’t quite as severe as I guess it could be, according to reports I’ve read.

The downside is that I have to limit the time I spend sitting in front of this computer doing what I need to do. Nevertheless, I thought those of you who have been coming here to check on the latest should know why nothing new has appeared for awhile. Instead, you can imagine me lounging on the sofa reading a book, almost like Marie Adalaide of France, the charming woman in this picture by Jean-Etienne Liotard.

Incidentally, in the past I’ve had a fantasy that if I ever get sick and need to get off my feet, I will do serious reading. Too many books I “should” read and never get around to it. But what happens when I am forced to get off my feet and on my back? Then I don’t want those “should” books. I want something fun. So I’ve been able to finish Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of Lisbeth Salander and several of Lindsey Davis’ wonderful series of Marcus Didius Falco set in ancient Rome with great humor, mystery and fascinating characters.

If things don’t turn around soon, I’ll be able to read even more. And of course, I will continue to practice acceptance of life’s vicissitudes. But why couldn’t I have been given something with a little less discomfort with which to practice?

In any case, hope the rest of your summer ends well for all my readers.

Photo from Wikimedia


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