Finally! All 10 children are immune to the chicken pox! Our first outbreak, in January 1996, affected our first two children. Our second outbreak in 1999 (or was it 2000?) got the next three…and finally (FINALLY!) the last five were exposed this spring.
Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows just how I feel about vaccines — (Mad science, scary dangerous list of ingredients [including neurotoxins and aborted fetal tissue], inefficiency, etc, etc) — but the chicken pox vaccine really ruffles my feathers. Seriously. Let’s make a vaccine for a COMMON CHILDHOOD ILLNESS; one that causes a week or two of discomfort and inconvenience. JUST SO PEOPLE GET THE ILLNESS ANYWAY LATER IN LIFE WHEN IT’S MUCH MORE DANGEROUS!!! (And, the vaccine isn’t even effective long term. [See chicken pox quick facts]. My son (thankfully) contracted the illness from a fully vaccinated child.)
I am sooo glad that they got it now, and are thus now immune. I would have preferred for it to be earlier (as the 12 year old was already “too old” — she had the worst case I have ever seen. Blisters on top of blisters. I won’t even post a picture out of respect for her. It was pretty gruesome looking), but I’m glad they received immunity before adulthood and especially before their childbearing years/pregnancies.
He brought it home from school first. (And no, he is not capable of NOT making goofy faces for a photo.) I was hoping the youngest four girls would get it…but it took almost three weeks before they started breaking out.
And then I noticed this:
Boo’s first couple of pox. (She’s the one that ended up with such a severe case, while the younger kids just had a normal breakout.)
You may have heard of the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day…well this is Dee on her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Complete with bed head. The afternoon before, she was both on day two of the chicken pox, and she received her first set of stitches – on her chin (bad idea to run on the tile floors with socks on.) She was not a happy camper when she awoke.
This girl never stays grumpy for long though. Lots and lots of popsicles helped with that.
And one more picture of my cutie, since the other girls wisely eluded the camera all week.
So, while somewhat inconvenient (they missed a couple of dance classes, dance pictures, and their brother’s play), all ten of my children now have natural lifetime chicken pox immunity! Happy spring 2013!