“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.” ~ Henry Van Dyke
When blisters suddenly formed on not one, but two, then three of four girl friends, what would otherwise be a holiday of love and chocolate quickly became a Valentine’s Day Quarantine Get-together.
All of the friends were immunized on schedule, but somehow the Varicella virus — as do many other pathogens — found its way to survival, even if for a shorter time. Each of the cases are otherwise mild forms of what would be a nasty, weeks-long itchy party, but oatmeal baths, Benedryl, and staying away from people for several days still sucks.
The fourth friend never did contract the illness. But I love Kate’s cartoon marking the occasion!
“Ha ha! I don’t have any!”
More information on Chickenpox (Varicella Zoster):
- National Vaccine Information Center
- Center for Disease Control — important information and a true story (click to read as .PDF file) about how chicken pox in a 13-month old quickly turned to a staphylococcus aureus infection of the skin.
Vaccinate your children! It’s the right thing to do.
Oh…and Happy Valentine’s Day.