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.

@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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Good morning; I'm concerned about the COVID vaccination in children. A friend of mine had her ten years old daughter got myocarditis after COVID. I'm reading at the CDC website about some cases of myocarditis in children. I'm wondering if there is a pre-existing condition not evaluated yet. My thoughts are that if you have myocarditis, you will have it either by the disease or the vaccine. Does that make sense? I appreciate your feedback; I'm not sure if I should give it to my son. Will the vaccine will make the blood thicker?
Thank you!

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@fdodelap

Good morning; I'm concerned about the COVID vaccination in children. A friend of mine had her ten years old daughter got myocarditis after COVID. I'm reading at the CDC website about some cases of myocarditis in children. I'm wondering if there is a pre-existing condition not evaluated yet. My thoughts are that if you have myocarditis, you will have it either by the disease or the vaccine. Does that make sense? I appreciate your feedback; I'm not sure if I should give it to my son. Will the vaccine will make the blood thicker?
Thank you!

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Since we are not medical professionals, we cannot offer you medical advice. This is definitely a question for your son's provider, who has access to his complete medical history.

The CDC is studying whether one or more of the vaccines may cause myocarditis in certain individuals. It is very rare, both with and without the vaccine an because they have only very recently begun vaccinating young people, and don't have enough data yet to make a firm statement.

As to the question of whether the Covid vaccine makes the blood thicker, no, it provokes an immune response in the body to create antibodies against the Covid virus. That said, myocarditis is caused by an inflammation of the heart muscle, not by thicker blood.

Sue

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