Saturday, May 3, 2008


This has been my week...

One week ago yesterday: I locked my keys in the car, with Austin still in his car seat, in the car. He got so mad he made himself throw-up, and I was scared to death he might choke. I was totally prepared to break the car window if need be. Thankfully my husband made it in a record twenty minutes with an extra set of keys. I don't think I can say much more about that besides, it was awful, absolutely awful.

That night Annie threw-up in the middle of the night.

Last Sunday: I woke up with a killer headache. Later that day we spent the afternoon and evening with my Grandma and Step-Grandpa, who was very ill with end-stage ALS.

Monday: Ellie started having diarrhea.

Tuesday: Austin woke up with a fever. Later that day I noticed a few itchy red whelps on my forearm and assumed something must have bitten me.

Wednesday: Ellie's diarrhea worsened and she stayed home from school. I noticed my whelps had grown a bit, and there were a couple more. Odd.

Thursday: I noticed a couple more red whelps on my right arm, and a couple new ones on my left arm. I called the doctor and they told me to let them know if it got worse over the weekend.

Friday: At 9:30 am my mother called to tell us that my Step-Grandpa had passed away that morning. Even though we knew his illness was terminal, it was still shocking how fast it happened. He was diagnosed on February 1st, he died on May 2nd. As sad as we are, we also recognize his quick and painless death as a blessing. He didn't have to suffer long, and for that we are grateful. Praise God that he is in Heaven!

That afternoon Annie had a fever.

Also a friend looked at my "spots" and confirmed a fear that had been lurking in the back of my mind...Chicken Pox.

That evening Annie threw-up.

Today: I noticed a "spot" on Austin, and then two more. I checked the girls, three spots each. We haven't been officially diagnosed by the doctor yet, but I'm fairly certain we have the Chicken Pox. My whelps have turned to angry red sores that itch like crazy. What's crazy is that I've already had them! All this time I thought that you couldn't get them again! Also, all my kids have had the vaccine! Ellie even had a second shot before kindergarten! From what I've read online, it's "highly unlikely" but possible to get them a second time. And it's "highly unlikely" but possible to contract them even if you've had the vaccine. Apparently we're a "highly unlikely" family! I'm grasping to the fact that everything I've read says that if you've been vaccinated and you get them, that the case will be much milder.

I really hope so! We can use all the good news we can scrounge up right now!


I'm Tara. said...

Peek-a-boo! It's me - remember me?? :)

I'm so sorry for the loss of your stepgrandpa. I watched my grandpa fight it out with Parkinson's for a lonnnnnggggg time, so while I'm sure the short duration is shocking, I agree that not having to endure the suffering is a blessing.

I'm so sorry your week has been so rotten. I can THOROUGHLY relate with our recent norovirus deal, but at least that was short term! Yikes on the pox -- update soon. I'll be praying!!!

Oh, and tee hee on the missing phone. Oh my word - these kids of ours are something, aren't they??

JP's MOM said...

So sorry!

Go to the doctor tomorrow. Hopefully they can give you something to aid in all the upcoming itchiness.

I guess since you had the pox as a child your's i think are actually called shingles.

Hoping you have a restful day.

Alana said...

I had a feeling those spots you showed me were SOMETHING, but Chicken Pox...the whole family? UGH! I'm sick right now, too, but no spots...just a VERY BAD cold.

I would definitely call the doctor ASAP. Praying for you!

Jamie said...

Shelley, I am sorry for all that you are going through. I will be praying for you.

Janelle said...

Well, friend. I am so very sorry that this has been a hard week. What can we do for you?

It puts a whole new meaning to your blog title...ITCHES AND SCRATCHES.

Earen said...

Oh my goodness...I'm so sorry for your rough week! I've heard that they can definitely still get the chicken pox even though they got the vaccine. I've heard it just won't be as they say! My mom had chicken pox a 2nd time as an adult and she actually had shingles which for her was extremely painful. I hope you don't have it to this degree. I will say a little prayer for you and your kiddos....I'm so sorry for the loss of your step grandpa too. May the Lord's peace saturate your hearts.

michelle said...

I'm praying you have a better week! Hang in there! I thought the same thing Janelle did about your title! :)

Darlene R. said...

I hope this week is much better for you! My goodness.

So sorry to hear about your step- grandpa.

I'll keep you in my prayers!

Fran said...

Oh my thats a week! I'm so sorry.

Hope y'all are doing better and maybe turning a corner.

Take care...patience Lord patience!

dawn said...

Oh, my shelley! How are you all feeling? We had a similar week...complete with a trip to the ER and a nasty rash.

Oh the joys!

Carissa said...

really hope this week is going better!!!!