It's confirmed. Suzanne has the Hand-Foot-Mouth (HFM) disease. She has blisters on her left arm and rashes on her left palm. I just hope she doesn't develop sores in the mouth and throat. Now, that would be real painful. Sigh... it's just the 10th day of school and she gets HFM? :(
Last night, we separated the two girls so I slept with Suzanne in her room while Mrs B slept with baby SueAnne in the master bedroom. Hopefully the HFM virus does not spread to baby SueAnne.
Having said that, we didn't know Suzanne had HFM and without thinking much, we punctured the blisters on Suzanne's left arm two nights ago. Ok, now we know we shouldn't have done that because the fluid from the blister is infectious. I hope Mrs B does not get sick because she did the puncturing. :(
HFM is transferrable through contact but is not water-borne, hence no school, no baby-sitter, but stay at home until she recovers. (I would have loved that myself, heh!) Right now, we are making sure that Suzanne takes lots of fluids and does not get dehydrated. Maybe I will make her some fruit juices this weekend ;)
Update @ 22 Jan 2007:
Suzanne is better now. Many thanks for the well wishes and prayers. Interestingly, she didn't develop any fever and the rashes/blisters were just confined to her left arm and hand. We read that HFM is contagious on contact but praise God that baby SueAnne didn't get it. Although we tried separating them, we gave up eventually as being sisters, they have a natural magnetism to play and fight throughout the weekend! Arrghh! Who says parenting is easy?
Of course, no one's more worried than Mrs B and taking pains in caring for the girls *muacks muacks muacks* ;)
p/s - I can hear Mrs B saying, "You need more than kisses!"
Belacans says... "OK, no Ikea or Mid-Valley this weekend" ;)