3 weeks earlier - Ben has a mysterious localized rash on his back and a recurring tingling pain in his shoulder and arm. We're not sure of the identity of this ailment.
Saturday 10:00am - Ian takes off his shirt so I can lather him up with sunscreen for the beach and I see what looks like a rash on his chest, stomach and back. We suspect the chicken pox. (Here's a picture of his back.)
Saturday 11:00am -After some research on the internet, we are pretty sure Ian has the chicken pox, realizing that he got it from Ben, who's recent malady was, in fact, Shingles, which is a manifestation of the dormant chicken pox virus.
Saturday 11:02am - The quarantine begins. We call everyone we have been in contact with in the last two days. Ian has been incubating the virus but was not contagious until Thursday, possibly Friday.
Monday 11:00am - After waiting outside the doctor's office in the van for someone to come and get us to go in to see the doctor, Ian is diagnosed with an "atypical" case of the chicken pox, common in children who have been vaccinated and exposed to the virus. The Doctor gives Jacob a surprise booster shot (now recommended for children ages 4-6), and checks Kate's chart to make sure she had been given the vaccine a few weeks earlier when she turned one.
The present moment - We are stuck at home, not able to be with friends or go to the store, the park, the pool or the beach. AND the boys are missing Hero Camp, a youth conference type of activity for kids in the Irvine Stake. Boo-hoo!