It started out as an ordinary day. It was my sleep in day. Yes, my husband and I give each other
designated sleep in days (my idea) if we didn't we would have been divorced by now. No, but seriously
I really look forward to those days. Who wouldn't right? Do you think my kids care that their momma needs sleep? Nope, a typical day consist of them running in our room screaming for me to wake up.
I faintly heard my husband trying to stop them but they were on a mission as they are everyday determined to get me out of bed so I get up yawning and rubbing my eyes as I make my way down the long hallway to the kitchen. Meanwhile, my kids are clawing at me hanging on my legs, screaming over each other trying to get my attention and all I keep thinking about is drinking my bulletproof coffee but it isn't about me.... is it? No, I'm a Mom and Moms do not get breaks - EVER... so I stop for a quick moment realizing the key word here is attention. All they want is my love and attention... so I got down to their level and explained to them that their momma needs coffee in order to wake up or else she will turn into a raging asshole grumpy you know what. I didn't actually say that but its exactly what I was thinking. I did however, tell them that I would give them my undivided attention as soon as I made my coffee though.
I then gave them each a kiss on the forehead and was about to guide them into their play room when I realized my son felt a little warm and even though he was acting like a wild monkey, I grabbed the thermometer anyway... 100.7 I took it again 100.9 I thought that was strange and then I noticed a couple spots starting to form on his face. I lifted up his shirt and checked his body thats when I realized my son had Chicken Pox.
Some parents would panic and I will admit, at first I spun around in a couple circles but not because I was freaking out that he had a "vaccine preventable" disease. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic) - I spun around wondering if I was all stocked up for the week because I wasn't sure what to expect. I will admit the scary stories that I read about on the internet were pretty frightening but I had to trust my little guys immune system because I spent four years building it. Besides - Hello Natural Immunity!!
The majority of the research I did was negative and basically tried to scare you into thinking that you need to be vaccinated against Chicken Pox or you can die. While I would never poo poo this disease, I do feel it is one of the more milder in the disease category and I certainly would never consider the vaccine. Have you seen the ingredients?
Well, according to the CDC, here are the ingredients used in chicken pox vaccines:
Human embryonic lung cell cultures
Guinea pig cell cultures
Human diploid cell cultures (WI-38)
Human diploid cell cultures (MRC-5)
Monosodium L-glutamate (MSG)
Sodium phosphate dibasic
Potassium phosphate monobasic
EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)
Fetal bovine serum
That sounds like an amazing blend to be injected into a child doesn't it? How about - NO... Not only does this kind of science make me physically sick to my stomach but vaccine ingredients tried to kill my daughter after her 2 month well visit (you can read that in a different blog post found on my site) so vaccinating will never be an option for us EVER again. Every parent should to be informed about what ingredients are found in vaccines and what these ingredients can do to the human body. This specific vaccine is live and sheds. It contains a small amount of live virus and should not be given to patients with weakened immune systems including pregnant woman because it could end up causing the disease rather than preventing it. So not only do you get injected with toxic ingredients but you could catch the disease and spread it to those around you.
My son's whole journey lasted less than a week and for us and it was an easy one. The only hard part was that he wouldn't let me put anything on his pox while he was awake so I had to wait until he was sleeping. He would mention that they were itchy but would forget about them easily when distracted with playtime fun. He did take a couple naps in the beginning and had a low grade fever but overall was in great spirits and full of energy playing with his sister. We stuck to our daily routine of play and family time and took nightly walks around the neighborhood - RELAX - There was no other humans around us during the contagious period EVER. Our bedtime routine consist of getting a nightly dose of cod liver oil, probiotics, colostrum and multi vitamin the only thing I did different was upping his vitamin c and d and adding elderberry syrup.
I swear by homeopathy so the first two days I gave him pulsatilla 30c, ferrum phos 30c and kali mur 30c. I made sure to keep him hydrated with homemade electrolyte ice pops and coconut water. I bathed him in baking soda, lavender oil, and epsom salt.
On the days that he said he was itchy I gave him Rhus Tox 30c and oatmeal baths. He responded better to oatmeal baths in my opinion. I took whole oats and ground them up in a coffee grinder then poured about a cup or so in his luke warm bath. I also had a cup of water with some baking soda and would sponge him with it while he soaked. *Word of Caution* The oatmeal was very slippery and once the tub drained it was a mess but nothing I couldn't handle being a mom.
If I had to take one part away it would be the calamine lotion (Unicorn Juice) on his face. I called it Unicorn Juice to try and convince him it was this magical potion and takes the itch away. On day 2 while my son napped I dabbed some on - mostly his face but when I bathed him it wasn't coming off and for him, it left his pox white and irritated. That night, I ended up making a mix of manuka honey and sodium ascorbate vitamin c to use on his sensitive face area and after a couple days I alternated with melaleuca mixed with fractionated coconut oil and they both worked really well.
My son still has some dark spots on his body and nose from the pox and a pit on his forehead but I am currently treating them with a few different remedies and I'm confident they heal.
My daughter caught my sons Pox 17 days later. Her journey was equally as easy and I followed the exact same steps as I did for my son. I was a little nervous because she is my fever baby so I was anticipating a high fever but it stayed low and never went over 100.8
The one thing that I noticed was when or if I would interrupt her asking her how she was or if she was itchy that just triggered her to stop what she was doing, become whiny, clingy and say that she was itchy and sick. Which would always end if giving her lots of lovin and a sucker. So I just stopped asking her that question and she never complained. She did request the Unicorn Juice and I would use it for some of her pox to make her happy... I just didn't put it on her face. :-)