Aspen asked me what those dots on her hands were.
Of course, it was about 7am and I was running around trying to make breakfast, change a diaper (c’mon Hart, you can do it!), check my email, drink my coffee – you know, the regular morning rush when the kids all of a sudden want you to do everything for them at once. So when I quickly checked Aspen’s hand and saw this “little dot” she was complaining about I saw a little white mark on her pinky finger and told her it was an old scar. She’s a bit of a drama queen so it didn’t come as a surprise that she would complain about a non-issue.
As the day progressed Aspen kept mentioning these “dots.” She was saying they were itchy and hurt, but it’s summer and the kids have mosquito bites so I slapped some hydrocortisone on a couple “dots” on her leg (I think they were actually mosquito bites).
Then onto the zoo.
We enter the cesspool of people and germs and saunter into the free summer concert area. Damn, my kids are being whiney as hell. Did I mention we are supposed to go to Disneyland in 3 days? We had to leave the zoo after an hour due to poor behavior and as we are walking out I’m thinking “How am I going to do Disneyland two days in a row with three whiney kids who refuse to use a stroller or wagon and also insist on being carried?” Simultaneously I’m miraculously managing to google this weird “dot rash” that I can’t stop thinking about and I come across a page when it hits me: These kids have Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.
“The zoo wasn’t the cesspool, my family is the cesspool.” I cringe a bit with embarrassment and remorse as we exit as far apart from strangers as possible.
The next morning my kids are jumping off the wall at the pediatrician (Single mom: 0. Three Musketeers: 1.) and she confirms what I already knew: the gross virus called Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (which should also have “Private Parts” in the name… let me tell you) has invaded my home and infected all three of my children.
Disneyland is cancelled.
And I’m trapped with these poor babies. Quarantine PTSD is coming back in full force.
Thank goodness my kids weren’t severely affected. They didn’t have fevers, and other than being a little whiney they felt fine, ate fine, and acted normal. Hart and Aspen had sores in their mouths, Aspen had red “dots” all over her hands, Hart’s left foot and between his toes completely blistered but his right foot was fine, and Hayes had about 5 “dots” in total.
Their contagious stage lasted maybe 3 days (I think?) and we cancelled Disney and I got to write this blog (yay).
Hart’s foot finally healing
Aspen’s mouth lesions finally healing