I received this email from my son Nathan:
Unfortunately we found out this morning that Nakshone and Karen have coxsackie virus infection. It is highly contagious….. Watch out for a painful rash. If you do develop it please stop by and say hi! We will be having a family quarantine party for a whole week in our apartment as it is contagious for 7-10 days….
What’s coxsackie virus infection? A quick consult with trusty Dr. Internet informed me it’s the medical term for Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease.
It’s a common virus that affects infants and kids under 5 years old. (and adults, too.) Symptoms include a painful rash, fever, and sores in the mouth. It’s contagious; and can be brewing for weeks before any signs of it appear. And there’s nothing to do but wait it out.
Oh no. My parents, sister and brother-in-law had been visiting them the day before. And we’d seen them the week before, along with my other son and his family.
My daughter-in-law Karen is home from graduate school and work for the week and Uri, her two-year-old, while not showing any symptoms, has to stay home from nursery school. And the 3 –month- old baby, Nakshone, has sores in his mouth, making it painful to eat.
And I can’t visit them this week as planned.
So I called Jacob, who I usually see once a week.
Alas, both his kids have HFM too.
What’s a grandmother to do?
I asked Karen. “Cooking would be good,” she said.
And so I am. We’ll do a “Meals on Wheels” drop off later in the week, leaving the food at the door, and hope that by next week all will be healthy and HFM free.