All nine of our children(18y-18m) just spent three weeks gaining immunity to the Chicken Pox. I found it hard to find practical information online, like what to expect without a fear factor, that I decided to journal and blog about our experience.
After 18 yrs of not avoiding the CP, or vaccinating my children against it, three of my children contacted it after playing with friends.
Knowing the affects can be more severe in older children, and my husband, nor his mother, could remember if he had CP when he was a child, I called our family doctor and asked about options for treatment. She said they’d fair well, but did call in three prescriptions for the anti-viral drug Valtrex(Valaciclovir) so it was there if I needed it.
Daniel(14) was the first to get pox, and he got them gooood. ;) He was covered. Then his sister Emma(12) got a healthy case of them, too. Jacob(16) was offered Valtrex, but refused it and decided to suffer through it like a man and he probably suffered the most and longest, poor kid. Then came Jessica. I am very conservative when it comes to medicating my children, but I was pushing that Valtrex on her after to prevent any scarring, after all, she is 18 ;). She caved, and after 24 hours of symptoms, as prescribed, she started taking the drug and the symptoms were greatly reduced.
Jessica(18) 14 days 6 days
Jacob(16) 13 days 9 days
Daniel(14) 14 days 7 days
Emma(12) 13 days 8 days
Micah (9) 19 days 3 days
Grace(7) 18 days 3 days
Elijah(5) 18 days ?
Lydia(3) 18 days ?
Mary-Joy(18m) 18 days ?
*until scabbed over and physically better
More to come…