Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hand, Foot & Mouth - The Never Ending Virus

Unfortunately we brought home a nasty souvenir from California. We got home late late Thursday night and by Friday morning Max was running a temp and complaining of a sore throat.  He had white blisters on his tonsils and felt miserable.  Saturday afternoon he broke out it red sores all over his hands, forearms, feet, legs and mouth.  He looked awful.  The next day Sam started feeling really tired and slept all afternoon.  By Monday he also had fever and polka dots.  He hasn't had nearly as many as Max, but his are way more painful.  He has been a whiny mess.  Socks, blankets, dogs . . . anything that touches his sores makes him scream like he's dying.  And holy hell, when he stepped on a lego, I thought the house was going to come down.

As you can tell, it's been a great few days and to top it all off, Bo started running fever last night.  Yay.  It's going to be a fun rest of the week.

Update . . .Bo's fever also turned into hand, foot and mouth.  His sores were the fewest in number but he missed almost a week of school just like his brothers.

2nd update . . . Sam & Max developed some other whart like flesh colored bumps on their stomachs. After weeks and weeks of them not going away, and Max;s beginning to spread onto his upper thigh, I finally took them to the doctor and they got diagnosed with Molluscusm.  Apparently it is in the same family as hand, foot and mouth.  Sam's sores eventually turned red and sore.  It is now June 24th and they are finally starting to go away.

3rd update . . . It is now the end of June and all of the boys are starting to lose their nails - fingernails and toe nails.  They are separating from the cuticle at the base of the nail, turning white and just dying and falling off.  The boys keep picking them off because they aren't even attached anymore.  It's really quite disturbing.  I thought maybe they were all vitamin or mineral deficient in something but after a little research I found that this is another side effect of really bad cases of HF&M. It is called nail shedding and it is really not cool.

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