Thursday, May 24, 2012

a pox in my house

so, if you've been paying attention, you'll know that diana has acquired chicken pox, much to our surprise and amazement.

it's a mild case, thankfully, but she's still under quarantine so that she does not spread it to others.  we've been doing more stuff around the house together as a result.

gardening, for example.  in our new home, we have a raised bed full of soil that needed to be watered and worked.  we got out there with our tools and put our collective muscle into it.  our work time ended with a romp through the sprinkler.  i didn't mean to get so wet, i was just trying to adjust the hose.  diana had the right idea and put on appropriate gear to enjoy the little shower on a warm day.

back to the pox, though.  ander has always liked looking at spots of all kinds, particularly moles and bug bites.  he was pretty excited about his sister's condition and wanted "polka dots" of his very own.  it's amazing what one can do with a purple sharpie marker.

i've been having a doozy of a time trying to count diana's pox, which we are recording for, well, because we like collecting and recording data.  we're a bunch of scientists here, after all. i've tried multiple strategies.  what i would really like to do is lay out a grid on her torso (that's where most of the pox are; she's only got a few on her limbs) so i can focus and count only one area at a time.  plus we could do some really interesting data analyses (did i mention at least two of us are statisticians, too?) but that's a bit too much to ask for, so we'll just have to be content with some measurement error.  sigh.

besides getting plenty of rest, liberal application of calamine, and soaking in oatmeal baths whilst re-reading harry potter books for the umpteenth time, she's done some internet research regarding the varicella virus.  diana seems dissatisfied with the relative lack of information regarding what to do when you have the chicken pox.  she's found a lot about what it is and how to prevent it, but she wants to know, what's a girl to do if she's already had her vaccines and she gets some wild strain anyway?

and this has led to some other interesting questions, like, can our pet rabbit catch chicken pox?  and, if so, does that make it rabbit pox?

diana is also in a bit of a quandary.  she is really pleased that she is not suffering very much.  i think i've scared her with my sad stories of how i had like a zillion pox and they were so itchy and i still have a crater in my eyebrow from scratching open a blister and i missed my last week of school in fifth grade and how i had to watch my class' field day from behind the fence around the schoolyard and yadda, yadda, yadda.  anyway, she laments that she will recover so quickly that there won't be sufficient time to receive replies in the mail from the friends to whom she sent letters telling them about how she has chicken pox and can't play until she's no longer contagious (at least that's what i think she wrote, as i only saw that she was using her personal stationery and did not see the actual words.  i'm just so glad that she still practices the art of handwritten correspondence.  and uses punctuation and capitalization and correct grammar properly and more often than i do in my blog.)

it's good that we still have the ottomans to read about next in history.  after that is the black death, and i want to make sure she's fully recovered from her little illness before getting into the nitty-gritty of the plague.

i'm happyer at home today because this time around, the pox ain't so bad.

1 comment:

  1. I love how Diana's looking on the sunny side of the pox and using her best weapon, her curiosity, to accomplish that often difficult feat! way to go diana, I should never underestimate what a nine year old can teach me!