Many thanks to those who have left words of encouragment and prayed for EZ as he battles shingles. Oxycontin, Lyrica, Prednisone and Famvir seem to have gotten the pain and severity under control early. It's been a week now since the rash appeared and sleep isn't quite as elusive as it was in the beginning, the rash is less raised, the blisters are drying out, and it seems to be running its course fairly quickly. There are areas that are very sensitive to the touch even though nothing is visible in those spots (tops of hands, triceps/elbows, left shoulder blade)...very strange. It is uncomfortable to be sure, but we are very thankful the rash was confined to one dermatone with just a bit of overlap. We will see Dr. Kritz on Friday and hopefully EZ will be given the all clear to go out and enjoy the rest of the Christmas holiday with the family. Until then, he will continue to take it easy and lay low. He did enjoy an outing tonight when he drove himself, gangsta style, to Bojangles while I was at bible study (drive thru of course). Below is a picture of him, behind the wheel for the second time in 21 months, driving me home about a week ago. Progress on a few fronts this week for sure! Thanks again for the well wishes.