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My youngest has been directly exposed to #whoopingcough and now we have some serious concerns

That brings me to one of the many conundrums this presents me with. Do I cancel Emmett’s eye appointment? He’ll have to wait all over again and that’s obviously a problem.

I feel like we should cancel but I don’t know if that’s overreacting.

I called Akron Children’s Hospital but I need to call back in the morning to speak to the doctors office directly. I guess there’s not a direct policy for something like this. The standard of they aren’t running a fever it’s fine approach seems irresponsible in this case.

Anyway, I know it would be very upsetting to Emmett and complicate his already challenging life, if we have to reschedule because his eyes are really bothering him. At the same time, he’s been directly exposed over the last week or so and I can’t risk spreading anything, should he be infected and just not showing more symptoms.

He’s been coughing a little bit today but I don’t know how much of that is an actual cough vs him being freaked out and coughing. Does that make sense?

He needs this appointment I don’t want to be driving the monkey to the airport, so to speak.

Emmett’s glasses aside, the biggest issue at this point is Gavin. I’m not sure how we handle this kind of thing with him in the house. We’ve never run into anything like this before and I don’t know what to do at this point.

Hopefully, the doctors will call back in the morning and we can figure out how to proceed.

It goes without saying that I’m just a bit stressed out right now. Shit just keeps piling up and I can’t get through any of it. This is potentially very serious, especially for Gavin and his compromised immune system..

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Suzanne Olsen

If the kid at school had whooping cough then you are looking at where emmett got it from.
Parents should realise that forcing sick kids to go to school is selfish and is deemed a occupational health and safety issue.

Maria Hall

Oh geez. I’m sorry Rob, I know that is worrisome. If you have any questions call and talk to the nurses at the health department. Your children are vaccinated, yes? Should be ok except for Gavin and his lousy immune system but because everyone else is vaccinated in the house that should protect Gavin. The protocol is that in an outbreak students that are unvaccinated are prohibited from attending school. And an outbreak is generally 2 students from different households.

Cindy Jones

I don’t usually make comments regarding other peoples decisions, but Rob, you seem to be putting the cart way before the horse. Unless Emmett is sick why would you cancel his eye appointment when he is obviously suffering and needs to have new glasses asap. In a previous post, you guys were just out shopping the other night buying the boys clothes, thus meaning that if Emmett has whooping cough then all the people in the store he came into contact with are at risk. We are all out in public on a daily basis (including Gavin), exposed to the public and germs and sicknesses they carry. If Gavin’s immune system is that compromised then why expose him to the public? Sorry, but I think you’re adding stress onto your already stressed out life and making this a huge burden on yourself. Step back, take a deep breath and be optimistic, because the chances of Emmett or anyone else in your family getting whooping cough is extremely minimal, especially as you were all vaccinated.

Rachel Humphrey

I would not chancel his appointment you don’t KNOW he has it at all and it would take forever to replace the appointment. I would just be extra clean, bringing wipes everywhere to make sure.


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