Goodnight is sick.
She was exposed to an active case of pertussis (whooping cough) while at her summer program with other kids her age. I just learned about it on Sunday. She begun sneezing and coughing on Saturday, but it was light and sporadic. I thought she had a cold. She is also completely up to date with all six of her vaccinations.
I took her to the clinic for a test anyway. Her physician started her on an antibiotic while we waited the two days for the test results. I was supposed to call the clinic, but her physician called me directly as soon as the results came back.
She tested positive.
I’m glad we went to the clinic right away and I’m thankful the parents of the sick kid at her summer program reported it to the school. Goodnight has already been reported to the school as well as the Department of Public Health. She now has all the classic (and frightening) symptoms. She was the second child in the same clinic the same day who had all their vaccinations and tested positive.
She is to remain isolated for a while. It is just like being grounded, but for longer and a different reason. I’m off work so I can take care of her.
Catch you later . . .