Friday, April 16, 2010

Hanging In There!




In the THICK of it. Hundreds of pox and a somewhat tired mother and daughter duo. I got about four hours of sleep last night due being on itch patrol. First night was restless, clingy and weepy. I gave her one dose of pulsatilla and she was asleep 15 min later with no more crying. Yesterday she managed to get a bit of playing in, eat 3 bowls of soup and lay on the couch.
Last night with a white tongue and red tip and constant itchiness, I moved over to high potency rhus tox. She got a four hour stretch of sleep right after. 
Today is pure itch. I am using Weleda diaper cream, calamine lotion, colloidal oatmeal and baking soda baths. I am having to remind myself that supposed life-long immunity has an advantage over booster shots and the CDC does not know if the chicken pox vaccine will provide immunity over a lifetime because the vaccine has only been in use since the mid 90's and there has not been living studies longer than 20 years.
We are hanging in there however and the fabulous Auntie D is coming tonight.

12 comments:

heather said...

ugh! That article is a little scary. J had the vaccine, but then was exposed and got like 3 little pox on his chest. (that's all) I wonder if that was enough natural immunity, plus the vaccination.? I would hate for him to get it later on. I had it when I was 11. It was AWFUL! Out of school for a month, with all sorts of secondary infections. But you better believe I am glad I had them naturally. Yuck.
A. will not be getting the vaccine...however nobody seems to get them around here. So, we may have to start seeking them out in a few years!

Hope you keep "hanging in there!" xoxo.

Annie said...

Actually, I don't think that anyone even claims that the vaccine will give lifetime immunity anymore. Our pediatrician basically told us that the point of the vaccine was so that if they get it, they will get a less severe case. We're holding off on the shot until adolescence, I think, and then hoping that maybe our daughter will get the actual pox before then and will have more effective immunity than the vaccine can provide.

Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

huge hugs and kisses to one of my favorite little girls in the whole wide world......you will feel better by tomorrow, i promise...i have surprise for you once we see you again next week.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the support! Heather..how did I not know you got the pox at 11? Whoa, that is a super-story.
Annie..I thought pox would never hit our community, then one kid came back from a vacation with it and now it is spreading slowly across the school! Just stocked up on bath supplies...:)

chrispete said...

I am sure you and D. remeber your "pox". We were on Wendy Lane and the only good thing was that the two of you had it at the same time. Not unusual since you shared most things. The picture of M. in the tub brought it all back to me. Calamine lotion and the baths were all I think you guys had. Love to M., better now than later...

Jennifer said...

I gave my sons the vaccine. absolutley everyone in our community does that vaccine, so I despaired of them being exposed to it in their toddlerhood/early school age years and would get a whopper cse in HS or college. Hopefully dear little M will get better soon!! Cheers

Carole said...

Hello there,
here around in France, we never vaccine for pox… And it is currently the high season, little kids around with their spots ! YES, homepathy helps : urtica urens for avoiding "scraping", rhus tox, and some lotion (we use Cytelium, from Aderma) to heal…
My daughter caught pox when she was 1… Hundreds of spots. No fever, no cry… (though my boy was quite getting agressive when he got it !). Our pediatric recommends even a high attack to make sure any repeat won't be possible ! Keep bathing with soda… and good luck !

dreaminitvegan said...

Ahhh sorry about the pox. Poor little one with all of the itchiness. I always thought if you came down with the pox you had a higher chance of never get them again. I had them when I was 3.

Anonymous said...

you made it through!! this one (the pox) felt like such a rite of passage, for childhood, as well as parenthood.

Becky said...

Oh boy! So much happening... such cute pics, you wouldn't even know that she was miserable and itchy. She just looks so happy all the time! Lucky!!

Mitchypoo said...

I know this was in April, and the uncomfortableness is a distant memory but if it would make your daughter feel any better, tell her that I got the chicken pox on my Birthday! I think I was 7 yo, and I for once was happy to go to school because it was my day, but at breakfast I showed my Grandmother this odd bumpy thing on my wrist. She looked at it, really looked at it and then she said, "Get undressed and get back in bed". What?! I want to go to school! And I was suppose to have a birthday party at my house after school that afternoon too. I remember sitting on the couch that afternoon and breaking out in tears when a friend came by for the party b/c we weren't able to notify a few that the party was cancelled. I hope it wasn't too awful for your daughter.

Jessica said...

I will tell her your birthday pox story. Sorry to hear that changed your bday plans..which are a big deal when you are seven! Everything ended very well, and we only had 3 sleepless nights...

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