My mother, at the age of 79, has developed a case of shingles, is in quite some pain, and according to her doctor could be in for a lengthy and difficult time of it. It's apparently caused by the same chicken pox virus that disturbed our childhoods. It hides out in the body until, later in life, something reawakens it, though manifesting differently. In any case, she asks for your prayers. She already has enough problems, and this affliction is just an insidious piling on.