Sunday, August 24, 2008

Slap what?

So Katie has seemingly been sick for the longest time.....ten days today. While we were away she developed this terrible red cheek...just one cheek only! Then the person we were away with says "it might be slap cheek/face". Slap what? When I googled it....well...low and behold...all the symptoms and patterns are hers:
" ..... it may be between 4 to 14 days after getting the virus before any symptoms begin; the first symptoms can include fever, headache, stomach upsets, aches and pains, sore throat, runny nose, coughing and sneezing. This is the time when the virus can be spread to others; a bright red rash appears on the cheeks 3 to 7 days later. The cheeks look like they have been slapped. Once the characteristic rash has appeared, the person is no longer contagious. This pink, lace-patterned rash tends to last for around one to three weeks ...."
So as my poor girl lies beside me here this Sunday afternoon snoring her head off and will, like every night this week, be asking to go to bed around 7pm, fingers crossed she starts to become her old self sooner rather than later. The photos here don't nearly pick up how bad her cheek got!


Yummers! said...

That's a new one to me!! My girls missed that one growing up.

Get better Katie!
Grammy J

evanwick said...

Poor baby! I hope she gets feeling better soon. I had never heard of that either! The name fits!

Amy said...

Also known as 5th disease. Why would I know that? Went through it in the spring with both boys.
I hope you didn't get it from us! And there's nothing to do except explain to people they can't get it now that the rash is present.
Hugh is next...sorry.

Leah said...

Awww! Sounds like fifth disease to me, or at least that's what they call it here. Poor little thing has been sick way too long! Hopefully she will be back to normal soon!

Kami said...

That poor sweet thing!!

Wendy said...

Wow I have never heard of that...very interesting! Something I might have to look forward to too...So does that mean you will catch it too? Glad to hear she is through with the worst of it and onto recovering!! Poor Hugh I hope he doesn't catch it, he won't be a happy boy!!

Jodie Redman said...

She really doesn't look well in those photos poor baby! Hope she's over the worst of it now and will keep fingers crossed Hugh doesn't come down with it too.

Lenore Ryan said...

WOW! Never heard of it, but it makes sense! Poor kiddo....hope she's feeling better by now! She should be almost through it if the diagnosis is correct!! ((HUGS)) to her!!

Dig-Photos n Scrappings said...

get well soon katie!!

My Kids had done that it will go away couple of week.. rarely dr says..

Jorinde said...

Hope she is feeling a lot better now

Helen McNamara said...

Aw, poor little angel! :(

Hope you don't all get it. Yikes!

I've never heard of this and hope it's rare!

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