As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this blog, someone has the dreaded pox! Poor little miss is covered from head to toe, literally.
She went to bed monday night complaining of a headache, but generally quite well, then at 4am tuesday morning (as hubs was feeding little man) she came flying into the living room crying her eyes out. After a cuddle I felt how hot she was and was getting a bit worried. Then, the digital thermometer started to do a strange beep and flash and was showing a temp of 41.8, so at this point I really did start to worry!
We decided to call NHS direct as swine flu seems to be going round her school at the moment and we didn’t to risk any delays.
NHS direct were fab, and got a doctor to call us back pretty much straight away. The doctor thought it sounded more like a severe ear infection (ear pain, neck pain, headache and very high temp) so told us to take her into the local hospital to be checked. IF she did have swine flu she would be given a face mask to wear. God.
Hubs took her to the hospital, I stayed home with little man, A; because we didn’t want to take him out in the cold and into a hospital full of sick people, and B; because I hate that hospital with a vengence (a whole other blog post!) Luckily she was seen very fast, and, big sigh of relief, chicken pox!
She left the house spot free (otherwise even I would have spotted it!) and came back with 4 behind her ear and a few on her neck. Over the next few hours it was like spot the spot! They were actually popping up in front of our eyes!
She (and we!) spent most of tuesday sleeping, but each time she woke up, she had more spots. I would say she now has around 100 on her face and neck alone. Strangely enough her right cheek is completely clear?!
The itching has started now, so has the grumps. I can’t say I blame her though! Who would be happy with that!?
We’re now faced with the dilema of little man. Do we purposely expose him to it and hope he gets a mild case out of the way, or do we avoid it and hope he gets it later!? In all honesty, I’m hoping he doesn’t get it, and then I will be paying for the chicken pox vaccine. WHY it’s not offered routinely I will never know, what point is there making a child suffer for no reason? If I had known about it before I would have marched Little Miss straight there to get her vaccinated.
Sorry little miss.
Get well soon bubba. We love you lots.