The face of Chicken Pox
Did your child get the chicken pox vaccine? Mine did. So why does she have the Chicken Pox?
I noticed a huge red spot on my youngest daughter’s shoulder. “What is that?” I asked her, “does it itch?” I am paranoid about everything. When my children were babies, my husband used to think I was neurotic about it.
“Every night you body search those girls and if there’s one spot, you’re gonna find it,” were his mocking words for me.
There might be some truth to that, I will admit it with some embarrassment. I worry so much about cutting things off at the path. If I notice things early I figure I can nip them right in the bud. The more info you can carry to your pediatrician the better, I say.
I drew a circle in ink around her red spot and told her to let me check it again in a little while. I just wanted to monitor the size – if I didn’t have a border there, my imagination would go wild.
But wait! Before I could turn around my middle daughter was telling me she had not just one but a few red itchy spots. I was really confused!
In my mind, I ran over the normal childhood infections and I immediately ruled out Chicken Pox. My girls all had the chicken pox vaccine.
I lifted her shirt and oh. my. gosh. Those little red spots were everywhere! At closer inspection there was one right in the corner of her eye! Now I was freaking out. I had no idea what I was looking at.
It was 8:20 p.m.
“Dave we have to take her to After Hours Urgent Care. What if when she wakes up, her entire eye is swollen shut? I do not have a clue what this is!”
Urgent care closes at 8:30 p.m. (They close at 9 but I suppose the last patient taken would be the 8:30 they told me on the phone?)
Maddy needed a ride from her friends house. Dave took Syd and hustled over to try to get in the door before it got locked, I went for Maddy on the other side of town.
I practiced a little restraint and waited until 8:32 to call Dave.
Before he said a word, I could hear female voices chuckling in the background and I tell you, I felt some relief right at that moment!
“It’s the chicken pox,” he informed me in a whisper. “I’ll call you back.”
“She had the vaccine!” I whispered back and then realized I didn’t need to be doing any whispering.
“I know, I told the doctor and nurses. They say she can still get it.”
Yes. Even if your child has had the vaccine, they can still get the Chicken Pox.
Dave and Sydney agreed the staff and doctor at After Hours Urgent care were awesome. I am deeply grateful and thankful that they saw her even though it was late. I didn’t think I could sleep that night if I didn’t have a medical professional look at her.
I did a lot of research and I’d like to share it so you don’t have to.
Chicken Pox Topic Overview (Web M.D.)
Chicken Pox Prevention and Treatment (C.D.C.)
Of course everyone recommends that you get the vaccine.
I want my money back.
I’ve read one statistic that reports the vaccine is only 80% effective.
I felt really dumb, not knowing this. Then a friend of mine called, not only is she super smart (she’s a lawyer) she has five kids of her own.
“Syd has the Chicken Pox!” I told her.
“Why didn’t you get the vaccine?” she asked with some conviction.
“I DID! She DID have it!”
“Then why does she have the chicken pox?”
“Because apparently it’s not 100% fool proof.”
“Then why do the kids get it at all?” she asked.
“I don’t know, I guess for the 80% that it does help?” (And I wasn’t feeling so stupid after all!)
I’m not sure if getting the vaccine was better in this case. I think if she would have just gotten them when she was in elementary school like everyone else did, I wouldn’t be forced to think about things like this.
One of the staff at Urgent Care said that since she had the vaccine, her case should be much milder.
I’m not sure about that either. My daughter is covered from her scalp to her knees in Chicken Pox. She even has them inside of her mouth.
I’m just not sure I would ever go for the vaccine again if this is the result. Everyone knows that if you contract Chicken Pox when you are older it tends to be more serious.
Keep it Real!
“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay then it’s you.” ~Rita Mae Brown
I am not a doctor and this is a personal blog not intended to give out medical advice to anyone for anything. If you think your child could be ill, take them to a medical professional immediately! Never, ever take a chance when your child’s health is concerned.
+My child gave her permission for me to use her photo. She is not embarrassed and says she would be glad to go to school this way – she misses her school and her friends.