I found out yesterday that one of PK's little friends from the mommy group has the chicken pox. We say PK's little friend last week, and, given the fact that the chicken pox virus has a 21-day incubation period, it is quite likely that PK will get the chicken pox too.
I know they say that it's good for the kiddies to get it early on in their lives since it hits them less hard and all that, but I do not look forward of taking care if an infant with chicken pox. Besides, I also run at risk of getting the shingles as a super-fun awesometacular bonus. The shingles virus is the same as the chicken pox virus and it tends to strike adults who have already had the chicken pox. So parents, don't for one minute think that you're completely immune! I had the shingles once before, in my 2nd year of university, and it is certainly no walk in the park. It feels like pins and needles all over your body, and while the rash is more localized, it takes a good year for the scars from the rash scab to go away. Ugh!
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