The symptoms were weird enough to urge me into the doctor for my first sick visit in about 10 years. And now that I went, I'm really glad I did. I have scarlet fever, which is basically a whole body rash induced by strep. I don't have the sore throat that is the tell-tale sign of strep, but I do have just about every symptom of scarlet fever down to the letter: chills, fever, muscle aches, and a full body rash that is making everything from walking to opening a tylenol bottle painful.
I have never felt what it's like to not be able to take care of my family, to know that the extent of my usefulness involves sitting up so that someone else can fit on the couch with me. Such a strange, useless feeling!
The good news is that I will not be contagious after 48 hours, which means I should be able to be there for the birth of my new niece! I am so grateful for that. And until then, I'm praying that Nathan, Marianna, and Adrienne are able to avoid any part of it!