Hello, still alive.
Here’s a phrase you never want to hear from your doctor "I do not like the look of this." Excellent, doc. Really? What’s up with it?
About a week and a half ago, when my daughter was just over a week old, I noticed a rash under my arm. Itchy, and a bit painful. Like feeling tired, but more intense. Being a complete idiot, I looked it up on NHS Direct. The site said – shingles. That freaked me out a bit – what if it’s shingles? What about the baby? Should I quarantine myself?? I made an appointment with my GP the next day.
I got there and saw a student doctor, who looked at it and, considering my history, was all ready to sign it off as a fungal infection. Which is, you know, not nice but at least it’s not shingles. He said shingles was way down on his list. However, he wasn’t 100% certain what it was so he called the actual doctor in, who took a look at it, asked about my symptoms and said the words above. Shingles, he pronounced. Yup, NHS Direct was right. Damn and blast. Still, he said I was okay to be with baby and that was all I wanted to know.
We’re currently suffering from colic. You might think that she, my daughter, is suffering alone, but that is to fundamentally misunderstand colic. When a baby suffers, a baby does not suffer in silence. When this policy of declarative discomfort is edging into your nights and fraying your days… well, at least *I* get to go to work.