Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yes, It's Chickenpox

The rash started around Ronan's mouth

The past week Ronan worked through a bout of chickenpox. Given what looked to be uncomfortable fluid blisters and the severe constraints put on his freedom (we kept him mostly confined to the house) he did surprisingly well. The acyclovir (an antiviral drug) likely helped keep the symptomatic phase short- by this morning the rash had cleared to just a few red marks.

Hundreds of little blisters exhibited on his shoulders and back

Ronan received the vericella vaccine in April of last year- apparently the innoculation is only 30% effective for his age group. The pediatrician claims that what Ronan had was a vericalla variant and thus the symptoms were not nearly as severe as what is expected from a typical bout of chickenpox.

The wrists and hands also looked to be very uncomfortable

He's now in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to his normal routine. Mom and I are as well. Many thanks to those who asked after him, we appreciate your warm wishes.

1 comment:

Holly said...

Ohhhhh, it looks so painful - poor little guy. But, if the Chickie Pox is the only major childhood illness he can get (thanks to vaccines!) he'll have gotten off easy. All of us grandparents can tell him horror stories about measles, mumps, whooping cough, scarlet fever, polio, etc. Talk about a downer!

Feel better soon, Ronan!