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.

@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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I've been staying away from all the news media until last night and it's now being said that teenagers can spread this virus more easily to others unknowingly. Of course they didn't go into detail as to why this age group which is a bit frustrating. I think we are trying to do our best given these unique times.

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@marjou – I think the explanation is probably very simple – belief that they won't get sick, or if they do, it won't be serious, coupled with their drive to be together with friends. And a lot of times, I think teens don't tell their parents if they feel vaguely ill, because they want to go out with their friends. We watch the neighborhood teens and twenty-somethings "hang out", playing hoops, sharing snacks and drinks (yikes!) and riding around in cars together – not a hint of masks or distancing. They are not as easy for parents to keep at home as the younger kids.

I had to call our local parks department and report that their summer intern employees were failing to follow distancing & mask policies, sharing a truck and working elbow to elbow in the park. Our 20 yo neighbor was being given a hard time by her coworkers because she asked them to distance so she can keep her family safe. I just gave her some more masks to be sure she could change them out during her workday.

Sue

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@sueinmn

@marjou – I think the explanation is probably very simple – belief that they won't get sick, or if they do, it won't be serious, coupled with their drive to be together with friends. And a lot of times, I think teens don't tell their parents if they feel vaguely ill, because they want to go out with their friends. We watch the neighborhood teens and twenty-somethings "hang out", playing hoops, sharing snacks and drinks (yikes!) and riding around in cars together – not a hint of masks or distancing. They are not as easy for parents to keep at home as the younger kids.

I had to call our local parks department and report that their summer intern employees were failing to follow distancing & mask policies, sharing a truck and working elbow to elbow in the park. Our 20 yo neighbor was being given a hard time by her coworkers because she asked them to distance so she can keep her family safe. I just gave her some more masks to be sure she could change them out during her workday.

Sue

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@sueinmn In our little community, there have been no cases reported of this COVID-19. However, you and I both know, as does everybody here in town, that people travel into town or people from town go elsewhere and then come back home. We cannot be assured that anyone that we come in contact with is taking the same precautions. Just yesterday I stopped at the farmers market for five minutes. I was introduced to this gal's mother, who is a registered nurse, who proceeded to stick her hand out to shake hands with me! She had no mask on, despite government orders. And simple basic precautions. And the same for most of the people there at that Open Air Market. I was not only disappointed I was appalled. So, I won't be going back there. She made the comment "it's no problem because there have been no cases reported here". My response being, "that doesn't mean it's not here."

I understand the balance that must be taken with young people and their mental health plus physical safety. It is very difficult to express the potential effects of close interactions, when you see in the entertainment outlets the people have serious issues and the next episode they are back again like nothing happened. Possible reality is set aside. It's a challenge for everyone.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@sueinmn In our little community, there have been no cases reported of this COVID-19. However, you and I both know, as does everybody here in town, that people travel into town or people from town go elsewhere and then come back home. We cannot be assured that anyone that we come in contact with is taking the same precautions. Just yesterday I stopped at the farmers market for five minutes. I was introduced to this gal's mother, who is a registered nurse, who proceeded to stick her hand out to shake hands with me! She had no mask on, despite government orders. And simple basic precautions. And the same for most of the people there at that Open Air Market. I was not only disappointed I was appalled. So, I won't be going back there. She made the comment "it's no problem because there have been no cases reported here". My response being, "that doesn't mean it's not here."

I understand the balance that must be taken with young people and their mental health plus physical safety. It is very difficult to express the potential effects of close interactions, when you see in the entertainment outlets the people have serious issues and the next episode they are back again like nothing happened. Possible reality is set aside. It's a challenge for everyone.
Ginger

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Sometimes I wonder why I don’t go to stores. This answers it for me @gingerw . I do go out to the park everyday, but people are pretty good there.
@feisty76. Did you say that your daughter and family live in Boulder? So far, Boulder and Boulder County are doing well with low numbers

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@gingerw

@sueinmn In our little community, there have been no cases reported of this COVID-19. However, you and I both know, as does everybody here in town, that people travel into town or people from town go elsewhere and then come back home. We cannot be assured that anyone that we come in contact with is taking the same precautions. Just yesterday I stopped at the farmers market for five minutes. I was introduced to this gal's mother, who is a registered nurse, who proceeded to stick her hand out to shake hands with me! She had no mask on, despite government orders. And simple basic precautions. And the same for most of the people there at that Open Air Market. I was not only disappointed I was appalled. So, I won't be going back there. She made the comment "it's no problem because there have been no cases reported here". My response being, "that doesn't mean it's not here."

I understand the balance that must be taken with young people and their mental health plus physical safety. It is very difficult to express the potential effects of close interactions, when you see in the entertainment outlets the people have serious issues and the next episode they are back again like nothing happened. Possible reality is set aside. It's a challenge for everyone.
Ginger

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Welcome to my world, Sue……..people were furious when our small city put a mask order in place two days ago and now with the state mandate, it will be interesting to see if there will be increased revolt or a bit more compliance. This is why I basically have to stay home except for a very few safe places to shop. I’m glad it’s an unusual occurrence for you. Stay safe and well❤️

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@migizii Actually it's Ginger who lives in an isolated place. I'm in the Twin Cities, and we have basically been homebodies since our original lockdown in Texas back in mid-March, we returned here May 1st just as the virus was increasing here.
We have worn masks everywhere during that time, even when hanging out on the patio with our friends or allowing our also isolated grandsons to sit on our laps. I walk, go to PT and Dr. Appts, and occasionally visit safely with our girls and a couple of also-isolated friends. All of my typical summer activities are suspended, so we spend many hours in the yard and garden, it's never looked better. A big adventure for us is getting takeout!
Most of the places we go, people are pretty good about masks, otherwise we leave and don't go back. We skipped our usual trip to the Range for the 4th because we knew there would be no distancing or masks there – even though the virus is now present in increasing numbers.
Sue

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@fiesty- Hi. I was sonedering how your family is fairing? Is everyone on the mend?

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@merpreb, Thank you for asking, Merry. Yes, Our little guy really never got very ill but did test positive for the antibodies. A re-test for the rest of family showed negative also so they must have diagnosed his very early. The basement isolation for him; separate meals; no contact except with mom seems to have worked in their favor. So scary and unnerving. We are sharing their experience with others because his initial symptoms were mild. Another good friend of theirs in Evanston, IL had their family tested just as a precaution before leaving on a visit to a sister's. One child tested positive and was totally asymptomatic…no cough, fever, stomach ache, nada. My heart goes out to all facing decisions and choices with the re-openings of schools starting soon.

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@fiesty76

@merpreb, Thank you for asking, Merry. Yes, Our little guy really never got very ill but did test positive for the antibodies. A re-test for the rest of family showed negative also so they must have diagnosed his very early. The basement isolation for him; separate meals; no contact except with mom seems to have worked in their favor. So scary and unnerving. We are sharing their experience with others because his initial symptoms were mild. Another good friend of theirs in Evanston, IL had their family tested just as a precaution before leaving on a visit to a sister's. One child tested positive and was totally asymptomatic…no cough, fever, stomach ache, nada. My heart goes out to all facing decisions and choices with the re-openings of schools starting soon.

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Fiesty76. So glad everyone is doing well. It must be a relief. I have friends with school age children and they are very concerned about the decision about reopening school. One got accepted in the home school program, but there are many on waiting lists…. A friend's granddaughter will start college in Colerado, and so far they have not receive any information about living arrangements in dorms. The college is staying firm on start date.

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@fiesty76

@merpreb, Thank you for asking, Merry. Yes, Our little guy really never got very ill but did test positive for the antibodies. A re-test for the rest of family showed negative also so they must have diagnosed his very early. The basement isolation for him; separate meals; no contact except with mom seems to have worked in their favor. So scary and unnerving. We are sharing their experience with others because his initial symptoms were mild. Another good friend of theirs in Evanston, IL had their family tested just as a precaution before leaving on a visit to a sister's. One child tested positive and was totally asymptomatic…no cough, fever, stomach ache, nada. My heart goes out to all facing decisions and choices with the re-openings of schools starting soon.

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@fiesty76 The cautionary tale that your family is evidence of, only proves to me that We can't take anything for granted. That is why I get so irritated/incensed when seeing people flaunting the guidelines. It makes no common sense.

Very glad to hear your grandson is doing well. Tough choices ahead for many.
Ginger

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@mayofeb2020

Fiesty76. So glad everyone is doing well. It must be a relief. I have friends with school age children and they are very concerned about the decision about reopening school. One got accepted in the home school program, but there are many on waiting lists…. A friend's granddaughter will start college in Colerado, and so far they have not receive any information about living arrangements in dorms. The college is staying firm on start date.

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@mayofeb2020, Thank you for your response to our good report. The relief is enormous. While the school board for our younger grand has posted re-opening school guidelines and choices, the high school plan has yet to be published. Alternative plans for the 10 yr old have been established but the 15 yr old can't be added to a waiting list until office staff from his middle school return to duty and can forward his record. A good friend's daughter, so excited to be starting her 1st yr of public teaching after getting her third son through high school, has reported for training in the Dallas area but still hasn't been told how her ele. school will provide instruction. They are slated to start on the 17th.

@ginger, The school issue facing all across the nation and world is another reason that I am selfishly thankful to be the age I am. Both as a parent and former educator, I have been concerned for months about the school situation and can't begin to imagine the strain the uncertainties must be adding to all most directly affected.

I shared with a close friend, younger and in better health than me, that I feel so out of step with all I know here. She is following precautionary guidelines and while continuing to be out, takes care to observe distancing and leaves an area if she observes others who aren't. Her words truly comforted me when she said, "if I were dealing with the health issues that make you so much more susceptible, I would be doing much more of what you are doing". Like sharing here, her words were balm to my troubled ears.

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@fiesty76

@merpreb, Thank you for asking, Merry. Yes, Our little guy really never got very ill but did test positive for the antibodies. A re-test for the rest of family showed negative also so they must have diagnosed his very early. The basement isolation for him; separate meals; no contact except with mom seems to have worked in their favor. So scary and unnerving. We are sharing their experience with others because his initial symptoms were mild. Another good friend of theirs in Evanston, IL had their family tested just as a precaution before leaving on a visit to a sister's. One child tested positive and was totally asymptomatic…no cough, fever, stomach ache, nada. My heart goes out to all facing decisions and choices with the re-openings of schools starting soon.

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@fiesty76– Sorry about my delay in answering. You must be very relieved. Poor little guy, and Mom. Great news!

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