It crossed my mind that Jack might be coming down with some sort of illness and that might be the reason for the daycare drop-off drama, but I try to avoid being a hypochondriac. He didn’t have a fever and while he was clingy, he wasn’t crying or acting completely abnormal. So the phase thing made sense.
A bump in his diaper area this morning caught my eye, but I figured it was irritation of some sort. When I saw a second bump this evening I started to worry. The bumps were strange, like little clear bubbles. I couldn’t recall ever seeing anything like that, so I decided to turn to Dr. Google. It didn’t take me long to find out exactly what the heck Jack’s bumps were.
Jack has chicken pox. As soon as I found the picture, I went back to examine his skin more closely, and I found some more. I found a bump on his scalp and red spots on his neck. I recalled that he had said a couple times that “something is hurting me” earlier in the evening, but a three year old isn’t all that reliable on these types of things…I just thought he was cranky from the lack of nap today. Don’t I feel stupid!
So, this is a big bummer for a bunch of reasons. First, it sucks being sick. Second, the chicken pox are freaking miserable in my experience. Third, well…this is going to sound funny… It looks like we’re going to have to skip seeing Disney Princess on Ice next Wednesday. Jack was really, really looking forward to going and has talked about it just about every day. I am crossing my fingers for an amazingly quick recovery. I don’t want to break the little guy’s heart.
Oh and in case you are wondering, we (obviously) did not get the varicella vaccine. Since Jack’s cousin came down with a case of shingles after receiving the vaccine, we had a hard time trusting it and elected out. We figured we’d wait it out and see if Jack contracted the illness organically before it was time to go to school. Et voila!
On the bright side, I won’t have to worry about daycare drop-off for a bit. Additionally, Jack fell asleep within about 10 minutes of shutting off the lights tonight and before 8:30. So, uh, anybody wanna come over for a chicken pox party?