Abigail broke out in this crazy rash on Wednesday, and we all thought it was an allergic reaction to something.
Turns out she's got something called 'Fifth Disease', 'slapped cheek disease' or technically, Parvovirus in humans. (different than the parvo animals can get.)
And while it's not a big deal normally, if you are pregnant it can cause a miscarriage. Or if you are chronically anemic, it can cause your body to completely stop making red blood cells.
Great. I'm chronically anemic, 'cuz of my endometriosis. So, I'm gonna have to really pay attention to my energy level, 'cuz it can kill you. Pretty scarey, huh?
It starts out as a simple cold. Then kids get this red rash on their cheeks (thus the 'slapped cheek' slang), then the rash goes all over the kids bodies. By the time you see the rash, they aren't contagious anymore, though. By the time you realize it isn't "just" a cold, it's too late. 'Cuz you've taken the kid everywhere and she has infected everyone around her.
Adults don't necessarily get the rash everywhere. In fact, most of the time they don't even know if they have it. They might end up with joint pain, like arthritis, or they might not. And it only kills people with anemia or immune deficiency problems.
I'm so delighted to have learned more medical facts! (sarcasm, please read sarcasm there.)
So, I'm praying that I don't get the serious side effects...
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