Day 211

I slowly wake up to the many beeps and buzzing sounds around me. The nurse call bells going off, the heart monitors and other machines going on around me. I am in a surgical ward isolated to my own room as shingles can be contagious. I am starting to get an insight into what the “Fully Sick Rapper” would have felt like in isolation for tuberculosis. This guy cracked me up so much with his random YouTube videos from hospital. If you haven’t seen them go have a watch! I don’t know if it’s just my silly sense of humour but I think he is so funny. I have had a whole troop of doctors and medical students in today to examine me. I have a rare form of shingles called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which presents as a painful rash on your ear and also causes partial facial paralysis. Yes that is right folks I still can’t move half my face. The paralysis only really came on Friday night and now I am starting to see some improvement so that is promising. The eye doctors wanted to see me before I can get discharged as I cant close my right eye very well. I have to tape it shut to sleep until it can close on its own. Which will hopefully be in a week or so. I also have to put lots of eye drops in. I am not in pain anymore I just have some weird tingles every now and then through the nerve. I am sent home in the afternoon. I am so grateful for all the hospital staff that have looked after me for the last four days.

Hamish I love you

Author: Jodie Matthews

I am a mother, writer, mindful life coach, minimalist and many other things. I love mother nature. I am happiest when I am floating in the ocean. I am a keen traveller and love to explore and discover new places. You can connect with me further on instagram at @jodieleannematthews

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