Graves and Chickenpox

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Hello, I'm hoping someone can help.

I have Graves and had RAI five years ago.     I've promised to look after out grandchildren on Saturday, but our six year old granddaughter has chickenpox.     Her three year old brother is fine at the moment, but I suspect it won't be long before he catches it.

I haven't had chickenpox.  If I have had it it was so mild I didn't know about it.     Our son had it really bad about thirty years ago and I didn't catch it from him.

So the question is would it be wiser to stay away from them?

Thanks.

 

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    I'm 34 and 3 years ago I got chicken pox from my nephew, (I have never had them) it started off as shingles then I got the pox.

    I was off all meds at the time so my bloods where normal ( do you call it remission)

    Let us know what you decide to do smile

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      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your reply.    I decided it would be wise to stay away from them, but I've been feeling guilty as I feel like I've let down our son and daughter in law.

      I feel better after reading your reply, and I think I've done the right thing.   My bloods were normal the last time they were checked, and I'm only on thyroxine.    Better safe than sorry.

      Thanks again.biggrin

       

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    Hello Marigold64:

    My name is Shelly and I am an RN -nurse in the USA.  I have Hashimoto's since 1987.

    In one big word  YES stay away from them.  Here is why!

    We are autoimmune and if you never had the chicken pox  (Varcella) it can be extremely dangerous to an adult.  I know a lady who was 70 and she died after exposure to a child with chicken pox she ran high fevers and had slipped into a coma. 

    It can cause nerve pain problems like Herpes Zoster (Shingles).  Also it can cause lung problems like pneumonia in adults and high fevers you do not need that.

    Immunizations require 2 weeks to work !  They take time to build antibodies to protect you & build an immunity to work. 

    This is about Your health and you love the grand kids but sadly you must pass this weekend.  if their sores are healed up you can see them but not when they have active blisters or pox that are fluid filled you can't be near them!

    Regards,

    Shelly

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      Hi Shelly,

      Thanks for your reply.   As you said my health is important too.

      Our son has given me a good talking to and told me not to be silly, and that he doesn't want me to risk catching shingles or chicken pox.   So I'll do as I'm told for once.smile

      Thanks again.

      Marigold

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