Sunday, May 31, 2009

First, Second, Third, Fourth and

now Erin has Fifth Disease!

She woke up yesterday morning with red cheeks. You know how when you wake up sometimes you have a red face? And then it goes away. Well she woke up around 6:30 / 7:00. We were getting ready to go to my niece Riley's birthday party. Around 10:00 I called David to tell him what was going on. I took a few pictures of her face & he took a peek at them. Unfortunately, we decided that going to the birthday party was out. We had one very unhappy little girl.

In the end I called the pediatrician's office to ask if we needed to do anything or even come in for a visit. Everyone's favorite nurse called us back to answer my questions. I described Erin's face to her, & she told me that Erin has what is called Fifth Disease. Erin is NOT contagious at all. Actually, the child is contagious up until the rash comes out but now that the rash is out, we have the all clear. She'll have the rash anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks, & then it should go away.

Erin was really upset at first. Aside from having a rash on her face, she couldn't go to the birthday party. The poor kid thought this was her fault. It took a while for me to get her to believe that she didn't do anything wrong. I explained to her that she'll need to stay indoors & get plenty of rest over the next few days. Oh. And she also can't sleep in inter jammies all bundled up like she likes to do. (For a kid who has never lived in cold areas, she prefers flannel jammies.)

I took her over to Target for a while. She loves to go shopping but even better she can get her favorite treat there. Our Target has a Starbucks inside. She loves to get one of their Strawberry & Creme drinks with whipped cream on top. It was a nice day for us since David had to go to work. She got 4 bathing suits, some Bakugan, puzzles & coloring sheets.

David has to go to work again today. He has a BIG project he's working on. Erin & I were supposed to go out to a dance recital for her friend Lauren. We decided to keep her home with just a quick excursion out later today so she doesn't feel punished.


Candy said...

Michelle mentioned this to me last night when I saw her, but I didn't want to say anything.

I hope Erin is doing okay. I did read last night that once the rash comes out that she is not contagious.

Sorry Erin had to miss the party yesterday.

Sounds like she's getting plenty of time with Mommy and being sick gets lots of gifts.

Erin, I hope your rash goes away real fast.

Michelle said...

Oh Tammie - Fifths disease isn't fun at all. (A little medical tip, it can come and go, too)

Erin doesn't look happy at all in the pictures...I like to see her smile!

Dawn said...

Awww, that is the saddest little face I have ever seen.
Hope the rash clears up soon.
At least the Mummy and Erin part sounds really nice!

fricke92 said...

Poor kiddo! You can just see the disappointment in her face. :( What a bummer to miss a birthday party. But a day alone with mom must have been fun!

Super Mommy said...

Poor Erin - Jade has had this before - it's painful for them. Hope she recovers quickly!!

Vivian M said...

Get well soon Erin!! ((Hugs))