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Poor Sam.

Sam, our granddaughter that we're raising felt poorly for about three days. I kept her home. It seemed to be her asthma and I didn't want her disrupting the classrooms with her coughing. Anyhow, that took place on monday and by Thursday, she was really bad. I took her to the doctor and found out from two doctors that she has Whooping Cough. (They did a blood test to be sure, and it was positive.) Even though she was vaccinated, she still got it. They said someone with weak lungs, as with asthma, are prone to get things easier. So she's been home for over two weeks now. Sicker than a dog. Rod and I had to get meds to be sure we didn't get it. She can't leave the house, even though her meds are done, she's still coughing up a storm. The doctor said it might be another three to five weeks before she's strong enough to go back to school. And in the meantime, we have to see a Pediatric Pulmonologist to see if her lungs have been damaged. And then the doctor said Sam probably got it from someone that didn't vaccinate their children. That made me so angry. For a week, I didn't sleep at night because of her wheezing and coughing. It was very scary. Her Birthday party was supposed to be this weekend, but of course we had to call it off. She was so bummed about that. Her school has been so great. They send home the homework on Friday and we do it in four days and then I drop it back off. She won't fail her classes at all. What a relief. Lisa, Duncan's Twin flew into Tucson for a visit the day that we found out about Sam. She had to be medicated also. And what a trooper she has been. She's been entertaining Sam and watching scary movies with her. I won't watch them. *grin* Lisa is a sport. So please keep her in your thoughts. Thanks.

Hugs, Patt


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Apr. 22nd, 2018 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update. Poor Sam. And poor Patt - definitely a worry.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 06:55 am (UTC)
I can tell she's getting beteter every day, so there is that. So we're hoping for her to be able to go back to school soon. :
Apr. 23rd, 2018 09:06 am (UTC)
Though you don't want to rush it. Make sure she's cleared by the doctor first!
Apr. 22nd, 2018 10:15 am (UTC)
And she was vaccinated? That's crazy! :((
I am sure se will be fine. She is a great kid and you are wonderful grandparents. But I'm so sorry for the worry you have now.
)))hugs you(((
Apr. 23rd, 2018 06:56 am (UTC)
I'm sure she'll be fine too, but she wheezes all the time now.
Apr. 22nd, 2018 11:22 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear this, Patt. Knowing this could have been prevented if someone had vaccinated their child drives me insane. Not only did it not prevent their own child from getting something that was almost eradicated, but it's causing an innocent child to suffer, not to mention family and friends.

I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts. *hugs*
Apr. 23rd, 2018 06:58 am (UTC)
She's more upset about missing her birthday party than anything else. Thanks for the good thoughts.
Apr. 22nd, 2018 11:53 am (UTC)
{{{Hugs}}} to Sam. I'm so sorry she's going through this.

People who don't vaccinate their kids are criminally ignorant. I swear, the schools need to be tougher on making sure that kids don't show up without the right shots. I know here the schools are a lot more lenient than they should be.

I hope she feels better soon. I'm glad her school is helping her keep up.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 07:00 am (UTC)
I agree, Grey. I told Sam that we might be having diner out once she stops hacking.

Edited at 2018-04-23 07:01 am (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2018 09:43 am (UTC)
Though after reading Patt's post here, I remembered... I was vaccinated against smallpox - everyone automatically was, by the school nurse, when I was at school, though the ones for the other 'childhood ailments' weren't available at that time; but I remember my mother saying once that her father was totally opposed to vaccination. She'd had a brother who died when he was two, just days after being vaccinated, and her father blamed that for his death. It's not impossible that parents who don't get their kids vaccinated have something like that in their family history too. Don't get me wrong, I'm in full agreement with vaccination, but I can understand parents who are afraid to get their kids vaccinated because of what they believe are possible side effects, including death.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 01:31 pm (UTC)
Sadly, too many people are ignorant of how effective modern vaccinations are and how they've helped eradicate a disease like small pox. Measles is on the rise now and children are dying because people don't vaccinate like they should.

The truth is there are dangers with any vaccination, but the good it does for for the vast majority far outweighs the risks for most people.

Apr. 22nd, 2018 03:52 pm (UTC)
Aww, Patt, I'm so sorry. Poor Sam. How horrible for her, and how hard for you guys, seeing her so sick. I really hope she feels better soon.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 07:02 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie. I Let her read all the posts to cheer her Up.
Apr. 22nd, 2018 10:55 pm (UTC)
Poor Sam! I hope she gets well soon.
Apr. 23rd, 2018 07:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the kind words. :)
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