- A Complete moment of terror
- My Mind relieved
- To listen to every story of someone's relative who died/baby died/went deaf/went blind/became mentally disabled etc
...because of scarlet fever.
And I've LEARNED a lot - which I think is stuff you need to know.
First off, scarlet fever is alive and well. It never went anywhere it's not like small pox.
Scarlet fever and scarlatina are the same thing. Don't ask your MOM, look it up.
The CDC does a nice job of just running down the info you need or you can google it, but here is the short version.
Scarlet fever is a really really bad strain of strep. Yes it used to kill people and do other things,but now they just give you a shot of penicillin and in 48 hours you're back to your old tantrum throwing self. (We began to wonder if one of ours actually had MISS Scarlet Fever because his tantrums increased).
If your kids run a high fever and then break out in spots, you need to be seen. Because it's treatable, but it's still the same old disease that can do very bad things to good people.
So, here we are. It's three days later and everyone is getting better.
But thank you all very much for your good thoughts. It was much appreciated