Sunday, 3 May
- I was supposed to pickup Michael at 9:00 AM this morning from his sleep-over so we could
go fishing. There's a big annual fishing derby in this area every year and Michael
was looking forward to trying his luck. When Linda was getting Stephanie dressed
this morning, she noticed a big rash that had developed overnight across Stephanie's
chest. A quick call to the clinic confirmed what we had suspected: second-time round
chicken pox, also called shingles.
NOTE: After you get chicken
pox the first time (which Stephanie had gotten a few years ago), the chicken pox virus
stays in your body to fight off getting chicken pox again. However, if your body
defences are low (as they are when recieving chemotherapy, or if you are very old or weak)
the virus can reactivate itself. When it does, its appears as a rash/blisters that
follow nerves and is commonly called "shingles". In Stephaine's case, they
were in a 5 inch wide band from the middle of her chest around to the middle of her back.
- Some quick juggling and we sent Michael off for the morning with one of his friends that
were going fishing while went off to Kingston to see the doctor. By 1:30 PM
Stephanie got her hospital bed. According to the doctor, it'll be antibiotics via IV
for 5-8 days. Once no more new blisters start appearing, she'll be able to go home
but will have to oral antibiotics for a few days.
Tuesday, 26 May