It’s been a week since I’ve written anything and it’s primarily because I’ve been living in a house full of coughing, sneezing, running nosed, whiny, vomiting kids. Well, that, and this…
My 8.5 month old developed a rash. It arrived after a few days of sickness, fever (though nothing too terribly high), and general grumpiness. My otherwise amazingly easy-going baby turned into a needy, pissed off baby. She wouldn’t let me put her down but she also didn’t want me to hold her. She didn’t want to be awake but she definitely didn’t want to sleep. She was (and still sort of is) just plain grumpy.
And quite honestly, I’ve been feeling grumpy too. I’m exhausted from waking up with sick kids (so is Travis), I’m tired of being stuck at home, and most importantly, I’m frustrated that I had to even consider the possibility that it could have been measles.
Now, I’m no expert on measles and I’m not going to get all high on my horse and say that I know what’s best for each family (though I like to think I have a pretty darn good idea when it comes to the measles vaccine), but I will say this :: the fact that there’s one more thing we all have to be worried about is ridiculous. And while my two older daughters are 100% up to date with their vaccinations and therefore are safe, my 8.5 month old (who is also 100% up to date with vaccinations) is at risk for measles. This shouldn’t even be something ANY of us should have to worry about, let alone parents with kids too young to be vaccinated, families with children who CAN’T get vaccinated, and anyone else who cannot receive the vaccine for medical reasons.
It’s just ridiculous.
Thankfully, Caroline’s rash has turned out to be nothing (well, not nothing, but definitely not measles). That being said, the fear and worry that has accompanied the past few days has been downright exhausting.
It is my hope that with enough scares like this (and with enough REAL cases of measles – grrr), everyone who CAN get vaccinated, WILL.
The last thing any of us need are more things to worry about.