Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

13 Apr

Today’s prompt was issued in the middle of March but regular readers will know that it’s not unusual for me to be weeks behind in responding.  My friend Delilah will tell you that it’s also not unusual for I, who have nothing, to quote Tom Jones songs at the drop of a hat.  Actually, she wouldn’t: she’s a lady.

If you are new here, please say you’ll stay until tomorrow: there’s something ’bout you baby I like.  At this moment, darlin’, I bet you’re screaming ‘rescue me!’  It doesn’t matter if you don’t come back – memories don’t leave like people do.  Go!  Help yourself!  Especially if you’re reading this and it’s four in the morning.  If you decide to stay, you can leave your hat on, baby: it’s cold outside.

Back to the challenge:

This is Spud, aged seven.  His teacher came out with him one day and asked me to take him to the doctor to have him checked.  There was just one lump at the time.  I thought it was an insect bite and I had been treating it with antiseptic lotion.

Spud is unusual.  Spud had shingles.  The doctor who treated him said it was only the second case of shingles he had seen in a child in thirty years of medicine.  Spud is a medical freak.  Shingles is extremely painful – something about the nerve endings – but not for him; no pain at all.  And no more than these few lumps.  The doctor assured us it was shingles, however.  He even asked our permission to write Spud up in a medical journal (granted).

Spud had to be given a large injection as a result of contracting an old man’s disease; I forget why.  Maybe to reverse the ageing process?  Spud lay back, brave little trooper, while Mummy uttered soothing rubbish and Daddy waited in the reception area because, if Spud cried, Daddy was going to have to punch whoever hurt his little boy.  Spud is unusual: he didn’t cry; and that needle was BIG.

He doesn’t get the usual childhood ailments – apart from a really mild bout of chicken pox, which is what led to him contracting shingles.  He had to be hospitalised at eleven months with bronchiolitis, despite being breast fed.  He had his appendix out at eleven.  When his BCG was due, his arm reacted to the HEAF test and swelled (swolled?) up: no need to have a TB vaccination, Spud – you’ve already got the antibodies floating around in your weird system.

What’s next?  I can’t help but wonder.  The doctor told us at some point that Spud will get shingles again, probably in his eighties.  The good news is, it won’t bother me then: I’ll be dead.  But it will be painful enough to make a big man cry.  Poor Spud. 

34 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual”

  1. jmgoyder April 13, 2012 at 10:01 #

    Heroic spud!


  2. vivinfrance April 13, 2012 at 10:11 #

    Everything about you is unique, Tilly, including your sons. I almost got lost in the convoluted grammar at the beginning of this post.


    • Tilly Bud April 21, 2012 at 11:52 #

      Convolution is my middle name.

      Actually, it isn’t: I don’t have a middle name. But it would be ‘Convoluted – with a capital ‘C’, naturally; my grammar may not be up to much but I know when to use a capital letter – if I did have one.

      Maybe I should add it by deed poll.


  3. barb19 April 13, 2012 at 10:12 #

    Poor boy, getting shingles at such a young age – a medical mystery indeed. Anything else unusual about him?


  4. creatingreciprocity April 13, 2012 at 10:39 #

    A singular boy. Clearly a ‘chip’ off the old block?


  5. laurieanichols April 13, 2012 at 12:12 #

    Thanks for the shout out to Tom Jones! Poor Spud, I have to say he is unusual, the minute I saw the photo, I said Shingles, because I am an expert since I have gotten them 5 times.But when I saw Spud, I said it can’t be, then it was and Spud and I share something in common, because like Spud you aren’t supposed to get shingles multiple times in a row. Spud is a brave boy.


  6. terry1954 April 13, 2012 at 12:37 #

    i had heard of shingles, but didn’t know what they looked like. thanks for sharing. have you ever had shingles?


  7. zannyro April 13, 2012 at 13:31 #

    Poor, brave Spud 😦 I’m SO glad that it didn’t hurt him…especially the BIG needle..


    • Tilly Bud April 21, 2012 at 11:55 #

      He WAS brave. I was so proud of him. We bought him an early Easter egg as a reward.


  8. Roly April 13, 2012 at 15:24 #

    Poor Spud. Shingles is the pits!


  9. gigihawaii April 13, 2012 at 16:16 #

    I was going to get a shingles vaccine, but changed my mind when the doctor told me it is only 50% effective. No guarantee you won’t get shingles.


  10. Elaine April 13, 2012 at 18:03 #

    Very clever use of Tom Jones lyrics there! 🙂

    Poor Spud. My daughter, when aged about 8 (I think), had shingles. She had it on her face – on one side, level with her ear. We were pleased it wasn’t higher up or it would have affected her eye. It was quite painful, but she was brave….


  11. kofegeek April 13, 2012 at 18:22 #

    Hmm, poor boy. But your story about your life is shinny for me. I nominate you to receive sunshine award http://kofegeek.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/easter-gift-sunshine-award/ 😀


  12. benzeknees April 13, 2012 at 19:13 #

    Poor Spud! Poor brave Spud!


  13. judithatwood April 13, 2012 at 20:29 #

    Poor Spud! Yucky — painful and awful for adults — I can’t imagine what it would be for a seven-year-old!


  14. Piglet in Portugal April 13, 2012 at 20:50 #

    My goodness this is a very “unsual” take on the photo challenge theme 🙂 I ahd to look at the photo a couple of times to see what it was LOL


  15. kateshrewsday April 13, 2012 at 22:42 #

    Horrid illness….poor old Spud. Perhaps there will be a cure by then…


  16. Missah MY April 14, 2012 at 01:01 #

    Get well soon Spud.
    My daughter had shingles when she was five and I was pregnant with second daughter. We went to see two doctors, one said it’s shingles, while the other one said no it’s not shingles because she’s too young. I know it’s shingles because her chicken pox (at age one) was too mild. Someone told me it’s related.
    Great post. Hello there 🙂


    • Tilly Bud April 21, 2012 at 12:06 #

      Hello and welcome!

      It is related – if the chicken pox is too mild, the virus stays dormant until it mutates into shingles. Kind of like what happens when your lovely child turns into a teenager.

      Something to look forward to 🙂

      I hope she didn’t suffer too much.


  17. grannymar April 14, 2012 at 20:26 #

    I got shingles when I was about seven, I was on holiday with my Uncle and Aunt in the West of Ireland at the time. I took it in my stride, but all the adults were worried sick as they considered it an ‘adults’ ailment! Many years later I got another milder attack of it. You know some people never get rid of it, while with others it can lie dormant for years (me)!


    • Tilly Bud April 21, 2012 at 12:07 #

      Hope it wasn’t too awful – and doesn’t come back!


  18. eof737 April 18, 2012 at 18:20 #

    Keeping our fingers cossed that it never comes back…


  19. sarsm April 23, 2012 at 11:23 #

    I hadn’t heard of shingles in children before I read this post. I’ve had it twice in the last ten years. The first time wasn’t too painful because I spotted it really early on and went straight to the doctor. They were able to give me medicine and that helped me a lot with the pain. I was exhausted for about a week (I think partly from the tablets) and my immune system was knackered for almost two years.
    The second time I was too late going to the doctor and so I had to go through the pain. That time though I warned the doctor about my immune system and they gave me medication to build me up. It worked pretty well.
    On both occassions stress brought it out. The doctors told me it was because I had very bad chicken pox when I was 15 (I had pox on my eyeballs and everything). Anytime I am very stressed it can come out again.
    So far, both times it has been in the exact same area so I watch out for it now. And if I see anything I’m going to zoom to the doctor and ask for the pain killing drugs and the immune builders. They both work really well. I hope that this gives you peace of mind for Spud.
    I think it’s really good that you took this picture. He can see from that what it looks like. If you go to the doctors quickly enough there really is a lot that they can do.

    A lot of parents I know opt out of giving their kids the chicken pox injection. Isn’t this a great advert for giving it to them?


    • Tilly Bud April 23, 2012 at 15:36 #

      Poor you! If it’s going, you get it, don’t you?


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