Our 10 Yr Old Was Just Diagnosed with Covid-19

Posted by fiesty76 @fiesty76, Jul 18 10:57am

Thanks to hyper-vigilant parents, we got a fast diagnosis. Our little guy complained of stomach ache before bed. Next morning he had a slight temperature. Call to Boulder pediatrician for testing revealed that it would take 7-8 days to receive results. However, if taken to Denver hospital, the results could be given in 24 hrs.

The dad is a surgeon and the family began self-quarantining, ordering online deliveries of food and supplies early in the outbreak. With the exceptions of allowing closely supervised play dates with 2 separate 10 yr old friends, the family has not congregated with others outside their immediate family.

The 15 yr has gone for 1 hr daily football practices at his new high school…with distancing, laps, exercises and no onsite showers. Both boys attended one week of private tennis lessons and the 10 yr old attended an ice hockey camp with 10 other little guys.

Mom also received test with negative result the following day; however, my grandson tested positive. No information on his "viral load" and we don't know how long he was asymptomatic before the stomach upset. We, including his pediatrician, were thunderstruck! On diagnosis day, both dad and 15 yr old brother were tested and received negative test results the following day. Daughter contacted all whom family had been in contact with over past two weeks the day of diagnosis. The family will return for a ff-up test later next week.

Had this been our 15 yr old complaining of a stomach ache, his temp would probably not have been taken the next morning. At younger bro's age, older bro was "prone" to stomach upsets on days he didn't want to go to school. Stomach upsets are not one of the predominant signs but more is beginning to be published now about it.

This google search revealed that 1/3 of children under age 18 in FL had tested positive for covid-19. https://www.yahoo.com/news/nearly-third-florida-children-taking-171404135.html

The good news is that our 10 yr old has not experienced increasing or different symptoms and may be toward the end of the virus. We simply do not know. My daughter has often sighed and rolled her eyes at times over the years because of hubby's hyper-vigilance and concerns about any family health issues. This is one time we are all so grateful that testing was done as soon as it was.

It pays to know the differences in our children and to also be alert to any changes in health they experience. Sharing this out of concern for others and symptoms that could easily be overlooked. Best to all.

@fiesty76 – Oh, no! This is awful. It sounds as if your daughter has as much under control as she can.

We found out a month or so ago that my step-son had it near the beginning of Feb/March. My husband's best friend's oldest son has just tested positive. At a time like this, I'm glad that they didn't just visit.

How is the little one? Is he in the hospital?

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My RN daughter is now working telemed for her hospital and has spent 3 days this week on the Covid line. She says this scenario is very typical, had families with as many as 5-9 positive members. Problem is the terms "isolation" and quarantine" are not understood by many, and family members who "don't feel sick" or test negative believe they don't need to stay home – they continue to go out into the community and spread the virus. I hope your grandson continues to recover, and that the quick action by his parents means the rest of the family won't catch it.
Sue

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@merpreb, @sueinmn, and others who read my post. Merry, what is so upsetting to us is that this family practiced all of the best health practices; hubby worked from home and they relied on delivery services vs in-store shopping from the getgo. The quarantine has been hardest for our 10 yr old and it was with long deliberation before reaching a recent decision to allow him to spend supervised time with 2 friends whose parents were also practicing the same precautions. One child has serious asthma and another parent is also a physician. The parents talked and set short play times outdoors.

Of course, we don't know to what degree the children/families at hockey and football practice were restricting activities but tennis was one on one with the instructor and our 15 yr old has been very responsible and not complaining so we thought football would be safe with no contact but just drills like what happened with the hockey group.

Luckily, symptoms have not increased and he is "living" in the full basement with mom sleeping in the basement guest room. The trick will be to prevent family spread and of course, all the family is staying home. I'm sure many, even when told by the health dept. to quarantine for 14 days are not doing so. This lack of respect for others is what drives me up the wall and will extend the virus spread for everyone.

Sue, Thank you. I know how proud of and concerned for your nurse daughter you must be and I hope her shifts are not extended. Three reg. shifts on the Covid line would be stressful enough! The trick will be as you mentioned to prevent family spread even as all of the family is continuing to stay home.

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@fiesty76.. Wishing everyone a speedy recovery.

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@fiesty76 It seems there is a spectrum of presentations of this disease, which makes it all the more confounding. Almost like hazmat suits for everyone, if you please. I agree there is a cavalier attitude amongst many, and a refusal to pay close attention to signs/symptoms.

@merpreb Oh, wow, visiting from either of those people could have been devastating. My husband tested to see if the respiratory illness he had in Feb was COVID-19, but it came back negative.

Very good to hear everyone is even more hyper-vigilant, and rooting for a successful quarantine.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@fiesty76 It seems there is a spectrum of presentations of this disease, which makes it all the more confounding. Almost like hazmat suits for everyone, if you please. I agree there is a cavalier attitude amongst many, and a refusal to pay close attention to signs/symptoms.

@merpreb Oh, wow, visiting from either of those people could have been devastating. My husband tested to see if the respiratory illness he had in Feb was COVID-19, but it came back negative.

Very good to hear everyone is even more hyper-vigilant, and rooting for a successful quarantine.
Ginger

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@gingerw– I know, huh! Thankfully they are across the country. I really believe now that if we don't follow the rules by dotting every I and crossing every T then we are asking for COVID. It's that lethal.

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I am going to say what no one else seems to be saying here. Best practices were NOT followed, at all. The youngsters, if I understand it correctly, went out into the world among other kids, and/or adults, to participate in three different sports activities. That doesn't sound cautious to me. Maybe I'm reading it wrong. If so, please correct me. It seems like there's no reason for surprise here. I wish them all the speediest and most thorough of recoveries, with no relapses or long-term effects!

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@zep

I am going to say what no one else seems to be saying here. Best practices were NOT followed, at all. The youngsters, if I understand it correctly, went out into the world among other kids, and/or adults, to participate in three different sports activities. That doesn't sound cautious to me. Maybe I'm reading it wrong. If so, please correct me. It seems like there's no reason for surprise here. I wish them all the speediest and most thorough of recoveries, with no relapses or long-term effects!

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@zeo. Infection among the 0-17 population is on the rise in my city. I can understand how teenagers can be restless during this time, heck, I am too, and can be rebellious. Parents who have to work either at workplace or at home are having a hard time keeping them at home. I know many parents are telling their kids to stay put, unfortunately kids are mobile, they have skateboards, bikes and can go anywhere. I think there are different guidelines among the states as far as sports activities are concerned. I don't think it's a good idea. In my state, it's not allowed, even public swimming pools and playground equipments are off limit. My grandson hasn't been to a public park in four months!! But it's a sacrifice we are willing to make to keep him and ourselves safe.

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@mayofeb2020, @zep, Hello: This is a horrible time, especially with kids. Being inside with people who are not part of your "original quarantine time group" is really taking a chance on getting COVID-19. This virus has very good odds of infecting you and the closer you are to others, the larger the chances. That's why there are 6' spaces marked off and social distancing. Kids don't really understand any of this. They don't understand what death means or what the virus can do. They don't understand social distancing. They understand that their adults are worried, but not the details.

I agree that there are too many people who treat COVID-19 in too casual a manner. In RI we have very strong leadership. There are very few new cases. But even one new case can be lethal to the rest of the state. And I live in a seaside tourist town.

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@mayofeb2020

@fiesty76.. Wishing everyone a speedy recovery.

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@mayofeb2020 and @gingerw, Thank you, Merry for your good wishes. We are in daily contact and as daughter reports: "so far, so good".

And Ginger, I agree that there is still so much unknown about this disease that only taking serious precautions and staying very alert to any unusual health changes or symptoms will prompt early testing. So thankful that your husband's Feb. test came back negative!

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The testing/notification process and language/cultural barriers are part of the problem.

Example: My daughter's health care system has made the decision not to give out any paper instructions due to fear of spread of fomites (virus particles.) Instead they have signs posted at the testing sites telling people to log onto their portal and read the instructions.

Huh! You have an ill person, or someone with sick kids in the car getting tested. You may or may not be fluent in English or have access or enough knowledge to use the health care portal. You may not have anything to write the information on.

The tester might say "Someone will call with your results in 3-5 days. Self-isolate" – without defining it. Nobody tells them "Go home. Stay there until we call you with results. Everyone who lives with you must also stay home until we call, even if they don't feel sick now. Don't let anybody who doesn't live in your house come in." They are already out driving around, and think, "Oh we might as well stop and get [groceries, lunch, Tylenol…] on the way home" or "Dad feels fine, he can go to work until we know" or "Junior is fine – he can go to football camp." By the time the results are in, dozens more people are exposed.

These are real life examples – the best answer is to give people the information they need, immediately on the spot, on a brightly colored piece of paper, and tell them to read it and post it on the front door or refrigerator. It needs to be in plain language, not using any unfamiliar terminology. In communities like ours, they may need to print it in MANY languages.

Not everyone sits and watches the news, or understands the difference between isolation & quarantine, symptomatic & asymptomatic, etc.
Just my 2 cents worth for the day.
Sue

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@zep

I am going to say what no one else seems to be saying here. Best practices were NOT followed, at all. The youngsters, if I understand it correctly, went out into the world among other kids, and/or adults, to participate in three different sports activities. That doesn't sound cautious to me. Maybe I'm reading it wrong. If so, please correct me. It seems like there's no reason for surprise here. I wish them all the speediest and most thorough of recoveries, with no relapses or long-term effects!

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@zep, Nope, you didn't read my report wrong. However, I suggest that you do not know all of the underlying circumstances pertaining to this one family and their reasons for making the choices they made. Just as health conditions affect each individual differently, so are decisions made individually by those most concerned about their children's overall health and well being. If more families in this nation were adhering to the same precautions this family has taken and continues to observe, I can guarantee that there would be far less spread of the pandemic and far fewer lives lost. While it is easy to be quick to judge, it is far harder to understand until one has walked in another's moccasins. Thank you for your wishes for our little guy's speedy recovery, no relapses and particularly, no long-term effects.

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@merpreb

@gingerw– I know, huh! Thankfully they are across the country. I really believe now that if we don't follow the rules by dotting every I and crossing every T then we are asking for COVID. It's that lethal.

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@merpreb, Merry, I so agree with what you posted. Covid-19 is lethal and no one is immune even though a very large percentage of the nation seems to think it won't/can't infect them. I just don't get it!

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@fiesty76

@zep, Nope, you didn't read my report wrong. However, I suggest that you do not know all of the underlying circumstances pertaining to this one family and their reasons for making the choices they made. Just as health conditions affect each individual differently, so are decisions made individually by those most concerned about their children's overall health and well being. If more families in this nation were adhering to the same precautions this family has taken and continues to observe, I can guarantee that there would be far less spread of the pandemic and far fewer lives lost. While it is easy to be quick to judge, it is far harder to understand until one has walked in another's moccasins. Thank you for your wishes for our little guy's speedy recovery, no relapses and particularly, no long-term effects.

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@fiesty76 – The virus was acquired somewhere, from some other person. Rationalizing the choices that were made, after the fact, is not useful. The second paragraph of your earlier post says the children/families (numbers of people) at hockey/football practice may not have been restricting activities. That's the core of this dilemma. Choosing to send one's children among other people who may or may not have been isolating was the error. It doesn't matter what the underlying circumstances are, or the reasons for making the choices. The parents went against the science, period. They took a chance, several times, apparently. The sooner people realize there are no exclusions, the virus will attack anybody, no matter how nice, even the children of doctors, the sooner we can get through with this horror. What you say is exactly the opposite of the truth. If more families in this nation were "adhering to the same precautions this family has taken" then there would be MORE spread of the pandemic and MORE lives lost. I am not trying to be cruel, only to speak the truth, and have logic prevail. You cannot let down your guard, with your own life, or your child's, even for a second. "Children's overall health and well-being" has to take second place right now to children's actual ability to remain alive, and to their not becoming spreaders to other people and other people's children.

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@zep I agree with @fiesty76 that you do not know why the family made the choices they did.

I will tell you that depression and anxiety brought on by isolation due to Covid-19 have been wreaking havoc on several members of my own family, to the point that intervention has been required. Deciding what's worth risking in those circumstances is complicated and carries some danger of infection, but there are other factors like long term mental wellbeing to consider as well.

And right now if you don't have an ongoing relationship with a mental health provider in our area you are not going to get an appointment unless you are truly suicidal, so you do the best you can.

It sounds to me like the family weighed their choices and still got infected, but are dealing with that properly.

At some point in this pandemic each of us will be making our own decisions on the amount of risk we can or must accept, whether to work, go to school, seek medical care, or preserve our mental health or that of our children. We cannot all stay home and out of harm's way awaiting a vaccine or a cure. We can only make the best choices out of a menu of bad ones.
Sue

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