Friday, April 27, 2007

Fifth disease

For the past week, I've felt horrible about the sunburns on both Cooper and Katie -- right across their chubby cheeks. It's my job, after all, to make sure they're slathered in sunscreen and protected from harmful rays. Skin cancer is the one cancer that's preventable!

So, I'm strangely and selfishly relieved that what they really have is fifth disease, indicated by a red rash across the cheeks. The rash has spread on both of them. It doesn't seem to bother them -- no itching, no burning. They were contagious last week, before any noticeable sign of the disease. The biggest risk is to women in their first trimester of pregnancy. We weren't around any newly pregnant women last week -- that I know of, at least.

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