There’s no way to say it except straight – Athos, Porthos and Aramis have been diagnosed with HFMD and are quarantined for TEN days.
For those who may not be from around these parts, HFMD is usually mild, but because it’s highly infectious, and has been known to cause fatalities, the Singapore government has designated it as legally notifiable, and doctors typically recommend a generous quarantine period in an attempt to break the infection cycle. Already, there have been a handful of fatalities, and a number of preschools and kindergartens have been shut temporarily to break the transmission.
We think Athos picked it up first. But he (and Porthos) had such a mild case that we didn’t even realise there was a problem until Aramis was hit. His case was the most severe – fever, ulcers, rash, no appetite and 24-hour whining. When the doctor diagnosed it as HFMD, we got the older boys checked as well, and lo and behold, it was a Pilgrim family pandemic…..
To sum up our current situation:
3 kids x 10-day quarantine = ∞ insanity
The first few days were the worst, because poor little Aramis just wanted to be carried all the time, fussed endlessly and didn’t sleep well. Things have settled down now but the boys are still house-bound. Let’s just say that all the usual rules in the Pilgrim household regarding TV, videos and computer games went out the window….