Sorry you had to go thru it. My neighbor had it and she was a mess for months. And months.
Since I had HORRIBLE chicken pox at age 13, I got the shot, though basically, I avoid drugs or shots or medicine for anything.
I know where you’re coming from - I avoid shots at all costs - in fact, I walked around with the prescription for the shot for 4 months.....finally worked up the nerve two weeks ago....it truly does give you peace of mind!