is anyone familiar with fifth disease? I am researching and talking to docs but not feeling like I'm getting consistent info on it....
backstory: I'm flying to my hometown early Friday morning for a shower thrown by my SIL (mother to my nieces), and staying with my mom. My SIL brought my niece to my moms today and niece woke up with rash and didn't go to day care, so my mom took her to the doc.
apparently niece's rash is fifth disease which is only dangerous for pregnant women/their unborn fetus. If you've had it previously, you're immune but I don't know if I've had it. (Estimated over 50% of people are immune, one of the most common childhood viruses.... who knew??) I had blood drawn today to test which they've expedited but may be unlikely to get results by the time I fly out on Friday.
so not only do I need to avoid my nieces
but if my mom or SIL or either of their houses has the virus, I'm worried it's too big a risk for me to go.
My OB said I could go but just move the venue and avoid the kid. My hypochondriac husband thinks I shouldn't go at all but I'll miss the long weekend I've looked forward to spending with close friends and family, miss my shower, and am totally bummed.
the icing on the cake, when I told my bff who's cohosting and has done all the planning/decor, she had to break the news that she was waiting to tell me in person- she's pregnant too! I'm so happy but feel even worse if she's not immune.
Sorry if this is random for its own thread, really hoping anyone else has experience with this. I couldn't find it mentioned in any other threads.