I had been battling a massive headache for three or four days at that point – which was odd seeing how I’d never had a headache for more than two hours – and wanted nothing more than to just lie in bed. But I joked that I needed to play hurt, and like Jordan, I needed to rise to the occasion.
Little did I know just how hurt I was.
After the headache still hadn't gone away a week later, I saw my doctor and learned I had come down with shingles. From what I understand, shingles are a form of chicken pox usually found in people over 60 (it’s what sidelined David Letterman for a month in 2009). They can lead to painful rashes and facial drooping on one side of the face. I was told to take six pills a day for the next 10 days.
Fortunately for me, the rash only lasted about a week -- it was more itchy than painful -- and it never looked worse than what you’d see on Katy Perry or Jessica Simpson in a Proactiv commercial. The headache still hasn't entirely gone away, but it's nowhere close to as bad as it was three weeks ago.
So how did I get shingles? I have no idea, but I’m told it can sometimes be caused by stress. And while I don’t think I’ve been stressed out lately, I do think now is a good time to take my annual summer stay-cation.
I’ll be off the next two weeks to enjoy the summer in Chicago like I do every year, which means no columns other than what I’ve already filed, no blogging and probably no tweeting.
On Aug. 2, I'll be back to work just in time for Lollapalooza and am keeping my fingers crossed that my minor headache will be gone by then. And if I do have a headache when I come back from my vacation, hopefully it’ll be for a completely different reason.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun