I'm looking after my mum (92) who is recovering from shingles on her face. She's very lethargic (bit better now some tablets reduced), and is gradually doing a bit more around the house. I'm having a hard time getting her to drink and eat enough though - says she's not hungry/thirsty and for me to stop nagging! I'm in contact with the community nurse, but mum won't take much notice of her either. Feeling stressed and useless...Anyone else had experience of shingles?
I have had shingles twice and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, it so painful also makes you very tired and listless , apparently it’s worse when on head and face, there’s not much you can do , just be there for her even though it’s hard.
Pollyanna sorry to hear your mum is unwell with this. I didn't have chicken pox until I was thirty-five and have subsequently had shingles twice. Both times seemed to be brought on after stressful events in life and the related run-down feelings which accompany stress. Both times I was told to rest as much as possible and when I couldn't face eating my DH made sure I was never dehydrated. He didn't push the eating, but was adamant about how much liquid intake I had. It does take time and although your mum's age is obviously a big factor it is obvious that you are being very vigilant. So try to keep her spirits up... And yours sending positive thoughts. X