Our 10 Yr Old Was Just Diagnosed with Covid-19

Posted by fiesty76 @fiesty76, Jul 18, 2020

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.

@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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@sueinmn

@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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@sueinmn @zep @fiesty76 @merpreb The old saying "It's water under the bridge" seems to apply here. We were not there to know exact precautions taken. In spite of, or because of, doesn't apply now. It happened. This family has the opportunity, and more than likely has taken this chance, to tell as many others as they can, what happened to them. It's a precautionary tale in these times. It underscores the insidious nature of this infection. There are many people walking around each day, asymptomatic, who may be passing the infection on. We, as an individual or a family unit, make the decisions on our everyday life.

Re the concept of testing and notification process, we have parts of our society who not only have no access to internet or have a language barrier to cross, also may have the inability to read/comprehend the written word, regardless of the language presented in. We are in a dilemma of proportions noone saw coming.

My two cents worth….
Ginger

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@sueinmn

@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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@sueinmn, Sue, I cannot fully express the depth of my gratitude for your posts, particularly this latest one, regarding my young grandson's diagnosis.

Not only did you "read between the lines of my original post with empathy and understanding", you and other mentors and members have written to express concern and also encouragement during this very frightening time for me and my small family. For a concerned out-of-state grandmother, your support and kind responses truly help.

The word: "connect" is defined by Webster as "to bind, to fasten, to join". To associate with others experiencing serious health issues who can share and support with possibly different approaches but with mutual respect in a "safe" place is the single most important tenet of the Mayo Support forums. Thank you.

My dad, who was a life role model for me, told me many times over my growing up years that: "if you can't say something nice, say nothing". I've tried to live by that and would suggest that some would be better served if they adopted that as a mantra, too.

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@fiesty76

@sueinmn, Sue, I cannot fully express the depth of my gratitude for your posts, particularly this latest one, regarding my young grandson's diagnosis.

Not only did you "read between the lines of my original post with empathy and understanding", you and other mentors and members have written to express concern and also encouragement during this very frightening time for me and my small family. For a concerned out-of-state grandmother, your support and kind responses truly help.

The word: "connect" is defined by Webster as "to bind, to fasten, to join". To associate with others experiencing serious health issues who can share and support with possibly different approaches but with mutual respect in a "safe" place is the single most important tenet of the Mayo Support forums. Thank you.

My dad, who was a life role model for me, told me many times over my growing up years that: "if you can't say something nice, say nothing". I've tried to live by that and would suggest that some would be better served if they adopted that as a mantra, too.

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@fiesty76 You are welcome. I appreciate the kind words. How are your grandson & their family doing?

I understand how hard it is to worry from a distance, as that is my life for half of each year. I am sure from your description of how careful your daughter & son-in-law have been, they are devastated by this turn of events, and probably feeling guilty as well. I think as Mom right now, your role is to reassure them that they are not bad parents – just good parents who made what turned out to be an unfortunate choice in a bad situation.

Take care & stay safe – this too shall pass.
Sue

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@sueinmn

@fiesty76 You are welcome. I appreciate the kind words. How are your grandson & their family doing?

I understand how hard it is to worry from a distance, as that is my life for half of each year. I am sure from your description of how careful your daughter & son-in-law have been, they are devastated by this turn of events, and probably feeling guilty as well. I think as Mom right now, your role is to reassure them that they are not bad parents – just good parents who made what turned out to be an unfortunate choice in a bad situation.

Take care & stay safe – this too shall pass.
Sue

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@sueinmn and others, I thought I'd deleted this post before sending so another attempted replica may show up. Need to pay closer attention to what I'm doing sometimes, sigh.

Yes, Sue, what you just wrote is true. Your closing words are one of two of my dearest friend's favorite mantras: "This too shall pass" and it shall. Feel like my dearest friend is sending me an angel hug. Thank you!

I'm off to call about a needed appt. with my favorite dentist.

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@fiesty76

@sueinmn and others, I thought I'd deleted this post before sending so another attempted replica may show up. Need to pay closer attention to what I'm doing sometimes, sigh.

Yes, Sue, what you just wrote is true. Your closing words are one of two of my dearest friend's favorite mantras: "This too shall pass" and it shall. Feel like my dearest friend is sending me an angel hug. Thank you!

I'm off to call about a needed appt. with my favorite dentist.

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@merpreb, Merry, I thought I'd hit "reply" too soon which had deleted my first reply to Sue's last response and hadn't realized it had gone through. Good to know how to delete something written on purpose though by clicking on the flag below a post. Thank you! I add this to my notes on navigating the site…so much still to learn.

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@fiesty76

@merpreb, Merry, I thought I'd hit "reply" too soon which had deleted my first reply to Sue's last response and hadn't realized it had gone through. Good to know how to delete something written on purpose though by clicking on the flag below a post. Thank you! I add this to my notes on navigating the site…so much still to learn.

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@fiesty76– I think that your post was great and spoke of how difficult it is to control certain things. That said good luck with the callback and getting your tooth fixed. I'm not sure when I'll reschedule mine, but right now I have other appointments that are more important. I meet my new PC tomorrow. I think that the's younger than my son. grrr
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/abilities-and-life-expectancy/?pg=1#comment-410651
Did you see this discussion that I put a link to above?

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@merpreb, Thank you, Merry. I understand prioritizing appointments. Was feeling a bit anxious about a kidney lab and appt. but then a troublesome tooth required attention…. Hope things go well for you with your new PC tomorrow. Years ago, I was feeling a little skeptical about a new and verrry young doc and my great RN friend who was a few years older than me, surprised me with her reply. She liked having new, younger docs because they were fresher out of training and "up on the latest"…

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