April 25, 2009
All last week Maggie had a runny nose. Considering she’s two and goes to group daycare twice a week, we didn’t give it much thought. My only worry was, DEAR GOD, PLEASE DON’T LET ME GET IT TOO.
And we made it through the week without either of us getting a cold. YAY!
But apparently there was a good reason for that. This morning, Dan noticed a rash on her neck. We thought it might just be from getting overheated- she had been playing outside all morning (and WOW was it hot today!) After a few hours, it was still there, and while she was busy fighting her nap, I started thinking. Cold symptoms, runny diapers last Wednesday at daycare, bright pink cheeks yesterday after daycare (which we again attributed to playing outside and being warm). It sounded awfully familiar to me, so I did some Google research. Every single thing points to Fifth Disease. I remembered seeing pictures of this last year when she came down with Hand-Foot-Mouth. (oh hi, April: The Month of Obscure Rashy Childhood Illnesses! So nice to see you again! JUST KIDDING.) It rang a bell when I was thinking about what might be wrong with her. Mother’s intuition or whatever.
So there went the plans for today- a birthday party for my cousin’s daughter (who also goes to daycare with Maggie). I have read in multiple places that once the rash appears, she is no longer contagious. But I didn’t want to take the chance around a few of the newborn babies there, plus the other (19!!!!) kids.
She’s actually not acting sick at all. She woke up from her (late) nap completely covered in sweat and absolutely MISERABLE and scratching at her neck. But I think that had more to do with the fact that our house was eleventy billion degrees because I hadn’t yet broken down to turn on the air conditioning (it’s APRIL in PITTSBURGH. I don’t ever remember needing the AC this early!) After about an hour she cooled down and ate dinner and was fine for the rest of the night. The plus side of Fifth Disease is that apparently kids are pretty normal through it- the worst part was probably last week during the cold symptom part, and we just thought it was a normal, run of the mill cold.
So yeah. Awesome. I’m going to call her doctor on Monday just to check if they want to see her or not (I’m guessing no, since it’s a virus and it has apparently run its course by now) but also to ask about going to daycare this week and what our risk is of getting it. Most adults are actually immune, so hopefully we don’t have to worry. Because I have big plans to ride in the car for 5 hours with a pregnant lady on Friday to go visit a Crazy Cat Lady (!!!) and DUDE IF THIS MESSES WITH MY WEEKEND PLANS AND I HAVE TO POSTPONE MY TRIP, I’M GONNA BE REALLY FREAKING MAD.