Viruses that is! Last Sunday, Jack started running 103+ fever. He stayed sick for two days with high fever and very cranky. Flu and Strep tests were negative, the doctor said a 48 virus was going around. Tuesday afternoon, Katie comes down with it. Same symptoms...sudden onset of high fever, cranky. Thursday afternoon, Keith comes home from hunting with Charlie...you guessed it, fever but he excluded the cranky for my sake. :) I had to take Charlie in that afternoon for his 6 year old well check. As we were waiting in the waiting room, he snuggled up in my lap. Hmm, he feels a little warm. Yep, another one down. He was running 102.8 and in no mood for a well check, let me tell ya! Don't ask a kid with a raging fever what shape he sees on the chart with one eye covered, or if he can stand on one foot and touch his nose. It doesn't go well. They did a flu test on him just to be sure, but I felt certain it would be negative and it was.
Friday, Keith said that his throat was killing him. He went in for a strep culture, which came back negative although he has all the symptoms. That night he starting telling me that his hands and feet were hurting. I started putting it all together and Dr. Mom has diagnosed this rampant virus as Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. Jack only got a few blisters, so I didn't think of it then. Katie didn't have any external blisters, but I'm thinking she had them in her mouth because she kept telling me, "My tongue hurts Mommy." Keith has more blisters, on his hand, feet, head and mouth.
This morning, we were finally fever free for over 24 hours, so we loaded up and went to church. (Keith stayed home because his feet and hands are still so sore.) After Sunday School, Will told me he was FREEZING! He had sat in SS with his knees tucked up under his shirt. We headed home and sure enough...102. I should have known better. No blisters or sore throat yet, but he says his head really hurts.
So I guess it's down to me, the lone survivor. The way I have it figured, it will hit me tomorrow night when Keith is back to work, Will is feeling better and I have all 4 kids by myself. 'Cuz ya know, that's just how it goes!
Good helpers - December 14
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