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Coping with chickenpox - the second time around

Coping with chickenpox once as a parent can be hard going - never mind a second time
Marie Louise McConville

Dear goodness, what a crazy two weeks it's been.

First the weather turned from sunshine to torrential downpours, then we discovered James doesn't like clowns, and oh yes, Abbie got chickenpox - for the second time.

The thing is, I'd honestly believed all those people over recent years who told me that kids only get chickenpox once.

And so, there was a strange relief when James took them last January and Abbie followed in March.

While it had been a difficult time, both for the kids and the parents, when it was all over, we were relieved it was done with.

Turns out, we were wrong.

Having enjoyed a lovely day at Tayto Park, we retreated to the hotel to enjoy a wee overnight stay as a treat for the kids.

However, waking up the next morning, Abbie emerged from her sleep with quite a few spots on her neck and by the time we had had breakfast, they were vastly multiplying and spreading.

As she had had chickenpox last year, we were a bit concerned about what it was was so we packed up and headed home.

Not knowing what it was, our only option turned out to be A&E, where the doctor told us that kids can't get chickenpox twice and so, it was an allergic reaction.

However, the next day - after a terrible night for her - we had to contact the GP out-of-hour service as the rash had rapidly spread all over her body and she was distressed.

This time, the doctor quickly diagnosed Abbie as having chickenpox, adding it was entirely possible to contract it twice, though it is rare.

We returned home and I felt quite annoyed at the mixed messages we had been given - though it didn't surprise me.

When James took chickenpox last year, a doctor told us it was a blood infection and advised us to take him to hospital straightaway as he would need to go on a drip for a few days.

Terrified, we quickly followed the advice.

However, after some hours and a number of awful, unsuccessful attempts to take blood from him, a paediatric doctor who was called, looked at him and quickly diagnosed chickenpox.

It would seem what happened with Abbie recently was a repeat performance.

I tell ya, when it comes to our children's health, it can be a scary business.

I'm hoping we've seen the back of chickenpox for good now, I don't think I could face it a third time.

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September is on the horizon folks and that can only mean one thing - Strictly Come Dancing will soon will waltzing its way back onto our Saturday night tv schedule and already we're learning who will be hoping to cha, cha, cha to victory.

TV personality Katie Piper, Steps star Faye Tozer and Death in Paradise actor Danny John-Jules were the first three contestants to be announced this week.

Speaking about the show, singer Faye said she was most "excited about the costume and elaborate make-up".

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So far, so good.

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