So when people talk about the relative advantages of home schooling vs farming their kid out to The System, I bet they never talk about the frightening illnesses their kids will never bring home.
This is by way of mentioning that I have been waiting out an attack of Scarlet Fever this week.
You thought it was a 19th Century scourge, of a piece with brain fever or the vapors. Nope, it’s still common: all it really is is strep with a skin rash (the scarlet component). Still, it’s pretty nasty. Strep (the same child had it a month ago) is one of the most unpleasant things I can remember having: I’ve had it once, in my mid-20s, and I thought someone was cutting my throat, slowly and continually . . .
We’re on a course of military-grade antibiotics now, with the resultant diarrhea (the military grade reference was not to their strength but to their indiscriminate killing). School may not be on the cards tomorrow: woo hoo for the one day school week!