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Covid-19 & MIS-C

Today worldwide there have been more than 5 million cases of Covid-19. That is a lot. To add insult to injury there is now a illness affecting children called MIS-C that is making little ones sick and is potentially more fatal to them than Covid-19 itself.  I don’t want to have too lengthy a post about this because it has been the topic of the world for what feels like forever some days.

 Signs of COVID-19 in children are generally mild and may even mimic a cold for some children. Now that is not to say that children can’t or won’t get more critically ill but these are most common:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

As said before, children generally recover from COVID-19, However there is now an illness that seems to “follow-up” mostly after a child has been infected with Covid. This illness is called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C for short.  MIS-C appears to develop two to six weeks after infection with Covid-19 or exposure to Covid and affects children mostly from ages 2-21. Complications from MIS-C can include organ damage including heart damage that is irreversible.

Symptoms of MIS-C include the following (remember not all children would have the same symptoms):

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

 Now I have never and will never use my writing to invoke fear because first off, the media is doing that already and secondly, it’s a crap thing to do. I will however use my writing to help anyone I can by informing them, If I can help even one person with this blog I will be thankful.

Stay safe friends and remember that like many pandemics before this one it will end.

Cheers

Labor & Delivery

Maternity ward during the Covid19 pandemic.

It was different giving birth during the pandemic than any other one of my pregnancies.

  • No visitors were allowed.
  • Only one support person was allowed to be with me and was not able to leave and come back .( my husband who still slept through a good part of the process so that stayed the same)
  • The whole staff wore masks, the whole time,which gave (me, the person who watches way too many horror movies) an unbelievable eerie vibe.
  • No newborn pictures came (I actually preferred this because newborns look like aliens and one less person to bug the little milk monster I just got off my sore boobs)

It was go time, after a very high risk pregnancy with bubs my OB decided it was time to pull the plug and get an induction going at 39 weeks 1 day. Now this was heartbreaking for me because this was my last baby and I knew for the safety of myself and others that no one would get to meet him (and still haven’t for that matter.) There would be no flowers, no balloons, no smiles from friends and loved ones that have supported me through this tough pregnancy.

I was however lucky enough to be in a state that would allow me to have one support person permitted that they stay the duration of the time I was a patient. My lovely husband Luke stayed true to his job of sleeping through the boring parts and this time actively waking up when my epidural wore off and I was pushing (He was awake for the last baby I swear). Husband holding my thigh and laying, there with about 7 blue masked faces staring down at me, and having a rushing thought of “If aliens are real I’m sure this is what their victims see directly before being probed.”

My little fat man made his way into the world after 3 pushes and was placed on my chest which gave me the feeling of familiarity and amazing emotions that I’ve felt before putting everything at ease… and then he peed on me.