Yep. A heinous-looking rash. All over their arms, a little bit on their legs, some on their chests and backs, and some on their cheeks. Whee!!
In case you're wondering, it's called fifth disease. Sometimes it starts out with mild flu-like symptoms, but in many cases there are zero symptoms until the rash appears - which was the case with my kids (thank goodness). Once the rash appears, they're no longer contagious ... but that's ironic because when the rash appears is exactly when they look like *insert demonic voice here* FESTERING HARBINGERS of DEATH!!!!!!
And that's the bad part. Unless I get T-shirts printed up that say, "Don't worry, they're not contagious, it's just a harmless rash," our lives pretty much have to be on hold. Because despite the fact that they are otherwise as normal as can be - no fevers, no runny noses, no itching, acting like their usual rambunctious selves - they look like they could infect anyone within a five-mile radius.
I didn't send Cameron to preschool this morning, because I didn't want any of the other parents to bristle with indignity that I sent my son to school with this horrible rash and are putting all the other kids at risk and OMG WTF BBQ! But seriously, he's fine as feathers. He just doesn't look that way.
Same with Coby ...
Okay, so maybe this isn't the best picture to illustrate "normal."
We've seen fifth disease around this joint before, and the rash has cleared up within a few days (knock on wood!). But sometimes it can hang around for weeks. Let's hope this time it goes away soon.
Because we've got stuff to do, and I'd rather not look like my kids are infecting the entire town in order to do it.
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