Stephen is over here for who knows how long. He came just to stop in and pick up some stuff that he left here the last time, but he’s staying for at least the night because he’s got a fever AND shingles. I mean, as if shingles isn’t bad enough on it’s own.

From Web MD: “Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the virus (varicella-zoster virus) that causes chickenpox. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus lies dormant (inactive) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant for the rest of their lives. In others, the virus reactivates when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system.1 The cause of reactivation of the virus is unclear; however, once it does reactivate, it causes shingles, not another case of chickenpox. Most people who get shingles will not get the disease again, although it does come back in a few people.”

It hurts like HELL. It’s like someone stabbing needles into your skin every once in a while. It causes nerve damage and everything. It takes forever to go away, and while he has it, he shouldn’t be around kids because they’ll show up with chicken pox. Add in the fever that makes him ache and shiver and he’s not a happy camper. So, anyone with kids or who hasn’t had chicken pox isn’t allowed over for a while.