“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.
6 thoughts on “Chicken Pox Sleepover”
Hi Shannon! Looking thru some of your old blogs! Funny how the kids got the chicken pox and I did too this year at the end of April. Got them from Brian who had Shingles! I never had them as a child, so I got them as an adult. Absolutely horrible!
Oh boy. I had chicken pox as a kid. In fact, I think all us siblings got it at the same time. They will remember this Valentine’s Day a long time. 🙂
Oh know! I was just completely NOT expecting an outbreak among these siblings. You and I didn’t get vaccinated, so my sibs and I all got it at once too! I think our moms’ memories of it may richer. 😀
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Oh no, not chickenpox! 😦 I hope they get better soon! I don’t remember having chickenpox as a kid but I will never forget having shingles twice as an adult…no fun at all.
Thank you, Hazel. I had shingles last year, and I am hearing of more recent cases of it too. Perhaps we are not as on top of the food chain like we like to think. 😀