Word of the Week – Spots

This week my word choice was easy, especially with two kids down with Chicken Pox.
I saw a program on television where they said that Chicken Pox got worse with each family member that caught it, and boy they were not wrong.

First was Boo, and within 5 days she was scabbing over and back to school after 7 days. We had a couple of days where she felt poorly, but she didn’t complain much about the spots and didn’t scratch too much with an application or two of calamine lotion.

Then came The Little Man, again he was poorly for a couple of days, but the spots seemed twice as many. His poor little face was almost totally covered bless him. The calamine helped but he looked like a ghost he had to have so much applied. We did have a night or two where he didn’t sleep much because of the itching. It’s coming up to 7 days now and he’s nowhere near as clear as Boo was at this stage. Maybe he will have cleared up enough to go back to school on Monday.

Just a couple of days later and Star was complaining of feeling unwell. “look!” she said as she showed me one lonely spot on her belly. I kept her off school just in case and by lunch time she’d quite a few spots on her belly and back. Within 24 hours she was totally covered in spots from head to toe, I’ve never seen so many. And not tiny spots either, it seems that because she is bigger the spots are bigger, some of them are huge! She’s been so poorly with it as well. The only peace I’ve had is when I’ve let her lie in a bath of oily lotion  which has helped ease the itchiness and burning. She’s been very concerned that she may be dying she’s felt so ill. People should not underestimate the awfulness of chicken pox.

My eldest son, 29, has been unwell since Tuesday, he’s been having hot sweats and his throat was sore. Since I discovered that you can’t get shingles from Chicken Pox I’ve not been too worried. I know he had Chicken Pox as a child. Then yesterday, I noticed his face was looking rather spotty, and he had a few on his arms and one on his tum. No, they can’t be Chicken Pox I assured him. As I watched him slowly become spottier and spottier throughout the day, I’m really not so sure.

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  1. mummyhereandthere
    June 30, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Oh no, at least it is out of the way now, that is they way I thought of it when my boys had chicken pox, I hope a speedy recovery occurs soon X #wotw

  2. angiemwebster77
    June 30, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Oh no what a week you've all had, Chicken Pox spreads like wildfire. Despite it going round at school my two seem to have avoided it thus far. Hope everyone recovers quickly x

  3. June 30, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Aww! Your poor kids. Star especially….It sounds like she's had the worst of it.
    Chicken pox is just the worst x #WotW

  4. June 30, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Oh no, it is horrible to watch them suffer through it. My son caught it from his sister and he definitely had it worse, and I'd heard the same as you about it getting worse through family like that. Poor Star, sound awful. My two found relief in porridge baths and piriton, if that helps at all. I do hope your son escapes it x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  5. June 30, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Sadly my son has not escaped it and we are off to the GP later. Piriton has been a great help with the younger ones but they are getting better now.

  6. karenblower
    June 30, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Oh noooooo! I hope everyone is feeling better soon x

  7. debsrandomwritings
    July 1, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Hi Anne, I don't know who to feel for more, you or your children! Chicken pox can be nasty, my daughter had it quite bad too, and she was really quite poorly with it. My son had to have the vaccination against it as he had been really poorly with pneumonia when it was going round and the Dr it could have been risky for him to catch it at that time. I hope your little ones are all fit and healthy again and your older son has just had a mild reaction to some new washing powder!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  8. July 1, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    It's been a tough week for sure. I'm afraid my son has full blown chicken pox and he's really ill and not coping well at all. The GP gave him anti-biotics and anti-viral pills and the fever has broke, hopefully he'll start feeling better soon. xx

  9. optrixxaris1
    July 3, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Oh goodness. Sorry to read that you are going through this. We've yet to get it here. #WotW

  10. liquoriceuk
    July 5, 2017 / 10:31 am

    So sorry to hear that your children have been ill with chicken pox and Star sounds like she has been really poorly. I was hoping that your son had escaped but I see from your comment above that he's also now got it. I hope that he is better soon x #WotW

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