Post by Gary R. Schmidt
Post by Dorothy J Heydt
Of course, once he's recovered he will be immune anyway.
I had chicken pox at *nineteen*. It was a large dose of no fun
whatever. There were, of course, no vaccines for it in 1963. If
Snap! Nor where there in 1980, at least here in Oz.
My worst memory of it is of being at home, when a mate (who'd had it)
came over in the arvo, and the telly was on, showng a kid's program
called "Shirl's Neighbourhood" (Shirley is a bloke, by the way, look up
"Skyhooks (the band)" for more info), and one of the characters was a
'Roo, called Norm, played by a bloke in a 'Roo suit, and Norm, in this
episode, had fleas.
Have you ever tried *not* to scratch when you are itching abominably and
someone in front of you is scratching *everywhere*!!!
Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!! It's torture!!
Curiously enough, I didn't itch that badly. I had just come back
to Berkeley from Easter vacation (they were still calling it that
in the sixties), where I had visited a friend whose two young
children had *supposedly just gotten over* chicken pox. Alas,
they were still shedding.
I forget what the incubation period for chicken pox is, but after
a week or so I started feeling just Godawful. Feverish, achy,
weak, and all I could think was, "Dammit, I've got mono and I
haven't even been kissing anybody!"
On the third day or so, I noticed this little blister on my arm.
I called in the housemother, who was a business college student,
a farmer's daughter from Amador County (for those who don't know
California, that's way up in the northern sticks) who took no
guff from anybody. She took one look and said, "Chicken pox."
And organized somebody with a car to take me up to Cowell, where
(as I said upthread) I spent a week or so in strict isolation,
seeing nobody but medical personnel and one faculty wife whose
good works included visiting sick students. I still have one
large (peppercorn-sized) pock scar on the bridge of my nose.
Our children, born in the mid-70s, also picked up chicken pox,
but at least they weren't nineteen at the time. By the time they
had children of their own, they were fanatical about getting them
immunized for everything on schedule as recommended by the
Dorothy J. Heydt
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