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Chicken Pox and going 'out'

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missmakesstuff · 09/02/2012 10:32

Out in ' ' as I am NOT going to the shops, tesco, mother and toddler, nursery, school, doctors, or taking her out clubbing.

Just in case anyone wanted to have a go about that...have read lots of threads and know how that goes!

I know how dangerous CP can be, I know we can't go near anyone, but I am also not a worrier and tend to be an optimist, so might need a reality check.

DD has CP, absolutely covered, but has barely registered it. She is nearly 2, is in great health and apart from a snotty nose and cough, plus a bit less sleeping at night, seems fine.

I am actually happy she has it, I wanted it over with, and I am on half term from today, she has had them since Tuesday so it has been minimum disruption which is great. We are confined to the house, she is starting to scab over on the first few, although there have been about 50 appearing since yesterday.

Fully prepared it might last all week and beyond, which is fine. BUT we have a holiday cottage booked in wales, from Sat. It was a present for MIL and FIL, who live in Ireland and rarely see DD, they are getting the ferry over. We were going to spend the week together, and have a nice relaxing week, no plans, walking etc, possibly a visit to a few villages and pubs.

The travel insurance wont pay up to refund the cottage, paid in full, as we obviously could still go, as far as they are concerned.

The cottage is isolated, in the pembrokeshire park. Nearest village ages away. We do have two other holiday lets next to it, no idea how close, but I am thinking that the likelyhood of DD coming into contact with anyone if we keep her in the house is just as much a worry as here - where we might have people knocking at the door for example, and live on a very busy street, in a town. At least there we could attempt a couple of isolated walks, with her in the buggy with the raincover on, and one of us waving a flag and shouting 'The Pox, the Pox, the child has the Pox' or a play in the garden - obviously would warn the other holiday cottage inhabitants and if they were at all worried/at risk would keep her in.

There will be four adults to entertain her, and hopefully PIL would stay in one evening so we can go out - they don't drink and we have to cope with them so we do so they wouldn't begrudge us that. We can even take it in turns to go out if we all have cabin fever.

SO am I mad? I cannot think of anything else that would be a worry, we wouldn't get her out of the car on the journey up, apart from a quick stretch at the far end of a services car park.

I am being selfish, if we stay here, I will go mad, as DH will just go to work as usual, there would be no point in a holiday where we can't go out as a family. If we stay here I would only end up cleaning and working, if we are there I have no internet (not sure how I am going to cope) but have sewing and reading and sleeping and drinking relaxing to do.


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Grumpla · 09/02/2012 10:39

Sounds ok to me, especially as she is beginning to scab over. One thing is check is whether there is 'maid service' eg someone coming in to clean etc - if so can you cancel that? If cleaner were pg / immuno-compromised that would be a problem. I would also check there is not a shared garden etc.

When DS started scabbing it all went fairly quickly even the relatively 'new' spots, and they are not considered contagious once all spots are scabbed so quite possibly you will only have to take plague precautions for a couple of days.

hazeyjane · 09/02/2012 10:44

it is usually 5-7 days, when all spots have scabbed over, so hopefully she will be all clear by tues at the latest. if she feels well enough and you are careful to keep her inside, away from other people, then i can't see it would be a problem.

missmakesstuff · 09/02/2012 11:05

Thanks - thats what I thought but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't being silly, MIL is a worrier so needed to have everything covered before I talk with her about the plans...

Glad I haven't needed the tin hat yet..

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missmakesstuff · 09/02/2012 11:06

5-7 days would be lovely, would be over by mon/tues. Hope so, although now it looks awful...glad I enjoy join the dots...

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ShowOfUmblestAnds · 09/02/2012 11:09

You sound v sensible. I'd go.

missmakesstuff · 09/02/2012 11:13

I'm really not! But thanks...

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missmakesstuff · 09/02/2012 11:15

Do you think I should call the holiday cottage people to let them know? I assume no maid service or anything, can't imagine there would be, but just in case - I dont think they even send the owners out to meet, they just leave the key in the door!

Don't want someone officious to tell us we cant go and spread germs round their cottage...

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dandelionss · 13/02/2012 17:42

All this not going out with CP stuff is nonsense IMO.She will have been going round merrily infecting people before you knew she was brewing it.

katz · 13/02/2012 17:49

Dandelions no it is not nonsense, yes it's true that before the spots came out they were contagious and you may have spread it but that was unintentional and unavoidable however to knowingly take a spotty contagious child out and about it wrong

OP - I think what your planning sounds fine, just don't take her into the services on route you'll be fine, hope you have a nice time.

hazeyjane · 13/02/2012 20:43

Gosh Dandelionss, posts like yours make me very glad that we have just had ds vaccinated against cp. There are very good reasons why the nhs advises to stay away from people when you or your child has chicken pox.

dandelionss · 13/02/2012 21:01

..but the effect is exactly the same !

hazeyjane · 13/02/2012 21:09

except that you are knowingly going around infecting people, which is unbelievably thoughtless and selfish.

bran · 13/02/2012 21:14

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