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post #16 of 37

That's awful. I am sorry you have shingles.   You never know though, she may contact you right before her wedding.  if she's making her own cake she might be super stressed out right now and planning to call you right at the last minute when the flowers go on.  Thinking about all that goes into a wedding, making a cake on top of all that, she may just be waiting to call until the day of. 

 

I know I could not have made my own wedding cake without vomiting from stress...

post #17 of 37
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I honestly had thought about that too! I want to know what the cake looks like anyway!  I would love to show up at the wedding. :)  But, I won't.  I know it's my oversight and I'll put my big girl panties on and not soon forget the lesson.  And no, there was no contract, it was just a quick phone call, referral from a good friend and I didn't think beyond that.  I was super busy when she called, blah, blah, blah.  I've come down with shingles night before last so I am a mess anyway....in pain and all that junk.  I'm sure that's not helping me cope with being stood up.  And I don't care who does it to you or how old you get to be, being stood up hurts!  I've given myself permission to be hurt....I'm tired of putting on the smile and being professional all the time!  I'm hurt!  icon_sad.gif  It's getting better though.  You know how it is...they call and you are so super awesome and they don't want anything but your work and then this mess.  ugh!  

I hope you feel better soon!  I had shingles recently too, and totally feel your pain.  Hope you made it to the doctor in time to get the meds!  Cuts recovery time down quite a bit :)

post #18 of 37

I have to butt in here because I worry that you might be preparing food items for others while lesions are still open and the virus is being shedded. 

 

Being an old RN...I know that when patients did come in during a shingles outbreak we did use universal precautions for ourselves such as gloves and gowns whenever we handled even sheets and pillows or gowns  the patient wore.  Although I had immunization due to my childhood chicken pox, I did not want to risk shedded virus on my person getting dropped onto another patient who might not have had chicken pox as a child.  It would be considered a "contact" risk more than a risk of ingestion...but why take chances that your client might not know these issues and decide it was your product that made them sick. 

 

Please be aware that you can give "chicken pox" to others who are not immunized...I know that sounds strange...but shingles comes from a chicken pox infection that you had when young and it laid dormant for decades and in later years it erupts again as shingles.

 

When shingles develops, the virus also is often present in that person's saliva, so theoretically it could be transmitted by kissing, but we don't know how often this happens.

 

Personally I'd think you would be too miserable to continue with orders for a bit...but I'm sure it would be hard to explain it to your clients why.

 

Is it possible your "client" on FB saw a reference to your outbreak of shingles?  I know I wouldn't want an order from someone with a shingles outbreak...even if I knew the risk to me was small.  I still wouldn't want to risk that the decorator with shingles might have been misdiagnosed and had something else.
 

post #19 of 37
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While I completely understand your concerns, I did research myself and spoke with my doctor about this very thing.  I understand that someone would need to come into contact with the breakout in order to catch the virus and that I am only contagious while I am broke out.  Since the break out is on my hip (to be nice) I don't think anyone is going to come into contact with it, unless it's through a public toilet, in which case I am serious about seat covers or paper to cover the seat, for myself as much as others.  Since I am not touching the area AT ALL, I don't think there is any risk.  

Also, I very seldom kiss my cakes.  LOL!  icon_lol.gif  No, not to worry, I wash like a mad woman, keep my hair covered, wear aprons or chef coats and gloves if I have any reason to worry, cuts or illness.  I promise, I won't cause an outbreak. 

As for the bride that won't respond to me.....her flowers were completed last tuesday evening, four days before I promised them to her.  I broke out with this rash this tuesday night.  So she had already been ignoring me for a week before I got "sick".  

post #20 of 37
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Personally I'd think you would be too miserable to continue with orders for a bit...but I'm sure it would be hard to explain it to your clients why.

 

Is it possible your "client" on FB saw a reference to your outbreak of shingles?  I know I wouldn't want an order from someone with a shingles outbreak...even if I knew the risk to me was small.  I still wouldn't want to risk that the decorator with shingles might have been misdiagnosed and had something else.
 

Wait, why would it be hard to explain to my clients why I couldn't continue with orders?  I'm confused and this is making me feel like I should be embarrassed by this.....am I missing something?  Should I be hiding this?  I mean, sure, let's not post to facebook for the world to see....but is this that horrible?

And just for the record, I haven't been working since the first signs tuesday evening.  My husband has done the baking and made the icing.  I'm on meds now and intend to complete orders.....but now I feel ashamed.

post #21 of 37
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Wait, why would it be hard to explain to my clients why I couldn't continue with orders?  I'm confused and this is making me feel like I should be embarrassed by this.....am I missing something?  Should I be hiding this?  I mean, sure, let's not post to facebook for the world to see....but is this that horrible?
And just for the record, I haven't been working since the first signs tuesday evening.  My husband has done the baking and made the icing.  I'm on meds now and intend to complete orders.....but now I feel ashamed.

icon_eek.gif Does he have a brother?
post #22 of 37
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Originally Posted by MissMona View Post

Wait, why would it be hard to explain to my clients why I couldn't continue with orders?  I'm confused and this is making me feel like I should be embarrassed by this.....am I missing something?  Should I be hiding this?  I mean, sure, let's not post to facebook for the world to see....but is this that horrible?
And just for the record, I haven't been working since the first signs tuesday evening.  My husband has done the baking and made the icing.  I'm on meds now and intend to complete orders.....but now I feel ashamed.

Shingles is adlt chicken pox. Just say you have shingles. It is nothing to be ashamed of. I promise.
post #23 of 37
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I didn't think it was either, and now I am sure it isn't.  I live in a pretty small town and everyone I did cakes for this weekend knew already and all expressed concern for me and sincere appreciation that I continued to work and made their cakes.  :)  Many told me stories of family members that suffer with it or episodes they've had themselves.  Thanks for the support...it all went pretty well.  I hope I never have to work that hard and feel that bad at the same time again, but I got through it.  :)  

post #24 of 37
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icon_eek.gif Does he have a brother?

LOL!!!!  He does!  But, sadly, there isn't another just like him!  He's the best!  thumbs_up.gif

post #25 of 37
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That's awful. I am sorry you have shingles.   You never know though, she may contact you right before her wedding.  if she's making her own cake she might be super stressed out right now and planning to call you right at the last minute when the flowers go on.  Thinking about all that goes into a wedding, making a cake on top of all that, she may just be waiting to call until the day of. 

 

I know I could not have made my own wedding cake without vomiting from stress...

I still haven't heard a peep from her.  She's gotten on fb to announce that she is now married and completely happy.....but will not respond to me at all.  I'm not angry....I just cannot wrap my head around why you would completely ignore someone like this.  I couldn't have possibly done anything to her....  Strange.

post #26 of 37

That sux!! I hate being let down by ppl. I get upset over small stuff like when a bride doesn't return my cake board. Can we see a photo of your flowers? I'm sure they're gorgeous!

post #27 of 37

No of course you should not be embarassed...shingles is just a part of getting older...LOL.  However, most folks don't completely understand this issue and can bad mouth your business using that as a reason to complain if there is some conflict....like they need any reason to get things cheaper.  After reading that forum topic about "Things to not say to a Baker" I can imagine folks can think strange things when it comes to cake and paying for it.

 

It is amazing to me how many people do not understand medical terms and come up with all sorts of reasons to not eat your food.  For example, I have CFIDS and Fibromyagia which causes a type of Hepatitis...and some folks (some family and an old boyfriend) have been reluctant to eat something I cook. I don't have the standard type of Hepatitis...and it isn't anything anyone can get...but still...folks generally get turned off by the idea of their baker baking their bread if they have Hepatitis.   Silly...but it happened to me within my own family.

 

Yes I know that theoritically CFIDS is catching via blood just like other illnesses but having CFIDS, HIV and many other illnesses do not prevent you from being a food handler, but a lot of folks would argue that point with you if you told them that.   My oldest son has a terrible dermatitis of his hands all pimply and red...which he can't hide.  It is scarey looking at times...and is somewhat understandable...folks stared at him as he served them food and a few commented on it.  Nothing to be embarassed about...but it can still cause some issues with the public if your serving them food.

 

I just know from my POV...I just cook for folks that are "OK" with the fact I am ill at the time...and avoid cooking for those who might  go blab to others that I fed them while I had "hepatitis".
 

post #28 of 37
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I didn't photograph all the tiny flowers, although I certainly can, they are at the store.  

post #29 of 37
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Oh, this is packaged in viva to go to the bride....maybe not the best photo.  :)  

post #30 of 37

Just to clarify...I have Chronic Fatigue Immune Disorder and Fibromyalgia and an autoimmune disorder that causes arthritic symptoms as well problems with eyes and difficulty making tears and saliva.  As long as I can still swallow cake....I am OK...LOL. 

 

But it sucks that I can't eat cornbread or popcorn...so that gives me permission to eat cake instead. 

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