The waiting game

11 Apr

When I picked Jade up from daycare yesterday afternoon, they said she had a few more spots on her body that might be chicken pox.  Or, they might just be spots of dry skin, which she often gets.  They said they’d like it if I could get them checked out by a doctor.  That kind of doctor’s visit seemed pretty fruitless to me, so I elected to stay home with her today and observe.  I have observed that she seems perfectly normally behaved and she has a few more spots that might be chicken pox.  Or not.  Altogether, not very useful.

Now, call me crazy, but I would really like for this to be the chicken pox.  The younger you are, the (generally) milder chicken pox is, so it seems to me this would be a good time for her to get them.  I have a friend who got them as a baby, so mildly that he ended up getting them a second time (yes, it can happen), but I think Jade’s past that stage now.  I had chicken pox when I was 6 or 7 which is old enough to have really good aim for scratching those spots. And I have scar on my nosebridge to prove it.

I decided I didn’t want Jade to get the chicken pox vaccine since it’s unknown just how long the immunity lasts, and one can actually still get chicken pox, although a supposedly milder case.  Plus the vaccine has to be repeated every ten years.  To my mind, it’s better to just get them once, properly, when you’re young, and be done with it.

So, I’m still hoping this is it.

The only thing that really sucks is that I volunteered to provide half and hour of background music this evening for a fundraiser (a two-pronged fundraiser for the local Blue Feather Youth Centre and for Ramesh Ferris’s Cycle to Walk campaign to eradicate polio worldwide).  Unfortunately, I can’t take Jade with me now because if she is infected with chicken pox, she would actually be contagious now, even though she doesn’t have a full-blown rash yet.  You can’t just take a viral bomb of a child into a crowd; that would be immoral.  Norris was going to look after Jade while I performed, but he can’t even come over to babysit her at our house because he’s never had chicken pox before!  (Honestly, how many people our age haven’t had chicken pox?  Now he definitely should go and get immunized!)

I’ve called around to friends, but everyone’s either sick or unavailable, even though several are crazy like me and would be happy to expose their child to a potentially infectious little girl.  So it looks like I’m going to have to back out of this commitment tonight.  Why is it that things always happen when Michael is out of town?

On the plus side, our kitchen floor hasn’t been this clean in months.

3 Responses to “The waiting game”

  1. Stacie April 14, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    I can’t help as I’d get infected too! Yes, I had a minor case of Chicken Pox when I was young, but found out from the Dr. that I should get immunized now.

    Hey, at least you have a clean kitchen floor from it all! 🙂

  2. Tine April 16, 2008 at 1:37 am #

    NOW I’m getting your point of NOT being sorry if Jade ended up having the chicken pox (but you CAN get away with no chicken pox at all – I never had it, either, & I also know some more people who never did) …

    So did she end up having it, or is she still doing fine ?!

    Sorry you didn’t find a babysitter – I would have LOVED to help you out, but there’s this small long-distance-problem …

    ♥ ♥ ♥


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