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Sometimes You Know.

Daughter came home from spending night at friend's house.

"Mom, I think spiders bit me last night."

She held out her hands which showed some clear small blisters on palms and edges of fingers.

"Hmm." said I.

"Do they itch?" I was dubious that they were spider bites, those are usually big and red.

"No...They hurt."

Well, hmm.

"Wait a minute,"  I said. "Didn't you say your tongue was sore yesterday?"  It was, and she had thought she had bitten it.

"Take off your shoes." I said.

Sure enough, blisters on her feet and toes. Sore mouth sore feet, sore hands. Blisters.

She has hand foot and mouth disease.

We are standing by for the fever and headache. She probably caught it from some grubby handed small child.

Once in a while it is nice to know something she does not.

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esmerelda_t
Jul. 15th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
I am just waiting to catch hand, foot and mouth from some little rotter at work, really there should be something to spray small children down with before they're allowed in public!
eglantine_br
Jul. 15th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
I was miserably feverish and sore when I got it. I am not sure that youcan get it twice, but believe me I am watching my toes!

ba1126
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
I hope she has a quick and mild case. How old is she? Do doctors/pharmacists recommend anything in particular to ease the discomfort? As I vaguely recall when my kids had it (my youngest is now 25 and it's all a blur), it only lasted a few days.
eglantine_br
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
She is 14. She says she is ok so far. My feeling is the older you are the more miserable it is. So we'll see. We are doing Motrin for the blisters and any eventual fever.
_likimeya
Jul. 16th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
Ugh, that's horrible, poor daughter! I wish more parents had a thecency to wash their children's hands every once in a while!
anteros_lmc
Jul. 16th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Poor daughter, I hope she gets over it quickly and isn't too miserable.
charliecochrane
Jul. 16th, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
Ew, nasty. Hubby had that once - he got such stick about kissing cows...
eglantine_br
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
That makes me smile. I have a childhood memory of being taught to pet horses on the nose, (lovely velvety soft, right?) and doing the same with a cow--- handful of slime!

Picturing some deranged man kissing a cow on its slimy mucusy nose.... Ew!

I should add-- I like cows. I pet them when I can. They like the top of their heads scratched-- I just don't do cow nose!

Edited at 2012-07-16 02:56 pm (UTC)
donnaimmaculata
Jul. 16th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
My first thought was it's scarlet fever. I guess hand, foot & mouth disease is the better option. I hope it's a mild case and she's not too miserable with it!
eglantine_br
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Much the better option. So far seems to be a light case. And the rest of us are OK.
latin_cat
Jul. 16th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. Well, at least she'll get it over and done with. Hopefully she won't get it too badly.
eglantine_br
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
So far so good. But I am watching. I take illness with her rather seriously. (Fevers and seizures like to team up.) Also, she is a really stoic kid. Probably because of the medical crap she has been through-- if she mentions it, it bears watching.

And too-- I have to wonder how many people she has accidentally passed it on to-- sharing drinks, sharing food, and whatever other things teen girls get up to!
pollyandr3
Jul. 16th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hope she feels well soon!
eglantine_br
Jul. 18th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, she is still a little droopy today.
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