PSA: Things You Should Know About Shingles

If you had chicken pox you are vulnerable to shingles. Period. Shingles is a re-emergence of dormant virii that your body has been harboring perhaps for decades. A shingles outbreak can be triggered by stresses, and these outbreaks can be recurring. There are all manner of fact sheets that detail the life cycle of this disease but there are just a few things that you need to know.

  • It is definitely not “an old person’s” disease!
  • It is extremely painful – 24 hours a day, for weeks.
  • You may never suffer from it but if you do it will likely be with you intermittently all your life.
  • There is a vaccine that can help avoid the initial outbreak with 50% effectiveness
  • Not all people should receive the vaccine.
  • If you wait too long to preemptively treat this affliction your quality of life can suffer badly and at unpredictable intervals.

Discuss this with your doctor to learn more about the disease, risks, and moderating those risks. I learned the hard way that putting this off is a bad idea.

Pacific Northwest Trails Days

The Pacific Northwest Trails Days are coming and they need your participation! On Saturday there will be music all day, participation events and presentations, and food. The venue is City Park which has a beautiful broad lawn, shade trees, and plenty of room for kids to play. Hopefully the city won’t run the sprinklers all night (hint hint!).

Sunday will bring opportunities to hike and bike on the beautiful trails that locals and visitors rave about. This is going to be a fun weekend but it will be a huge fun weekend if everyone turns out to enjoy it all.