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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

On Chicken Pox....

A couple of weeks ago, Marc, as he frequently does when I'm out exercising, was putting Luke to bed. He noticed that Luke had quite a few mosquito bites on his back. He mentioned it to me. I wondered where and why he had so many. Mosquitoes haven't been that "thick" this year. And, Luke typically doesn't get "attacked" by mosquitoes.
The next morning, I looked at them. I thought it was a bit odd, but I proceeded with putting some anti-itch gel on them. Luke was complaining that they itched.
The next evening, I was, once again, out exercising. Marc put Luke to bed. When I got back home, Marc told me that he didn't think they were mosquitoes. They were starting to look a bit different. Marc looked them up online. The ONLY thing that matched the description was chicken pox (or varicella).
My response: "Luke's been vaccinated. He shouldn't be getting chicken pox." Marc proceeded to tell me that he thought that if anymore appeared, we should call the doctor.
The next morning, I noticed that a few more "spots" had appeared on his shoulder. I was still in a bit of disbelief that it could be chicken pox because of the vaccination. That afternoon, I called my mom to ask her opinion. Without actually seeing them, she obviously couldn't make too much of a judgement, but she too laughingly said they sounded like chicken pox. She suggested I call the doctor's office simply to see if they knew if they happened to be going around. Later that afternoon, I had my trusty neighbor, J, look at them -- J happens to be a retired nurse. She too thought they looked like chicken pox. She suggested we take him to the immediate care just to see -- simply because he would already be and continue to be contagious.
So, that evening, Marc and I (with Kate in tow) took Luke to our local immediate care. The doctor working that evening (who happens to be our family physician) took one look at them, laughed, and said, "Those most certainly do look like chicken pox. I haven't seen this in roughly 10 years -- since vaccinations for varicella have started. Let me look up what the latest 'protocol' is on this."
Obviously, there's nothing that can really be done for chicken pox. The doctor did go on ahead and put Luke on an anti-viral medication since we have a small infant in the house. It took him a bit to figure out the correct dosage. He said (again, laughingly), "I've never prescribed this for a kid. I usually am prescribing this for somebody older who has shingles." Later on, we did call our friend, Allen, a pharmacist, with a couple of questions about the medication.
SO, SORRY to those of you we may have exposed. Luke was definitely contagious before we knew anything. AND, I have absolutely NO idea where he picked the chicken pox up. Luke normally doesn't get sick. How his body couldn't find this off WITH a vaccine but his body fights so much else off, I don't know.
Therefore, all last week, I pretty much had to keep Luke quarantined. So, I spent time thinking about local places/things to do where Luke (or Kate) would not be around other kids to expose -- all in or around our little town. I came up with nature walks -- one on the campus of Bethel College (Sand Creek Trail) and the other one at the Kauffman Museum. (Both of these are in North Newton, KS) I also took him to a local church with a playground where, sadly, I never see kids playing at. But, in this case, the fact that there are never any kids there was an advantage.
I can say that we made it through our week of being quarantined. We're reasonably certain all of Luke's chicken pox are on the recovery and he's no longer contagious. We honestly looked closely at them to make sure. They were to all be scabbed over.
Our other concern was Kate. The doctor told us to keep Luke away from his sister. Marc and I laughed. First, by the time he said that to us, Luke was already contagious and had already kissed Kate and was most definitely in her face (as usual). Second, they live in the same household, breathing the same air. So, we did nothing really to protect Kate from Luke.
Fortunately, most of what I read about chicken pox and infants is that typically, infants under one year often either don't get chicken pox or get a very mild case of it. They're still living with a lot of immunity from their mother. We never noticed any spots on Kate. So apparently, she didn't get them.
Fortunately, Luke had a very mild case of the chicken pox. He probably only had about 40 bumps on his body (compared to the possibility of 200 or so). He NEVER ran a fever. He acted fine -- NEVER acted sick at all. (And the last four pics were taken at a park the afternoon he was diagnosed -- before we knew. Sorry if your child was exposed). Whooo....we made it through a chicken pox ordeal pretty easy. The worst part -- having to miss our church's 25th anniversary celebration. Marc and I really wanted to be there! But, we had a nice evening together as a family instead :)


Candice said...

Glad to hear they're gone and no one else go it, especially Kate!!

The Sieberts said...

sometimes i wonder if vaccinations really work...lol...glad it was a mild case!

flower power momma said...

fyi...our youngest child got them too, and she had been vaccinated. of course she is 23 so it happened a few years ago.
happy for all of you it was a mild case.

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