Lolly, diagnosed with 5ths Disease.
5ths Disease, a result of Parvovirus B19, which has some risks for pregnant women, if they contract it.
I am not pregnant, but my sister is.
And so after a long afternoon of information-gathering, 1st, 2nd, 3rd opinions, conversations, logic vs. gut-reaction, praying, tears and feelings of "This is NOT FAIR!", our much-anticipated family reunion has been altered.
My sister is opting to avoid the potential risks associated with possible exposure to 5ths Disease, and she and her family will not be there when our Sam gets off the plane.
Lolly is happy as a clam with her rashy self. Hard to believe that the effect's of this skin disease could be so harmful to an unborn fetus. I am devastated and cautiously tiptoeing around the hole that is in my heart at the thought of their absence.
To console myself, I turned my attention to our family photograph that I have been planning literally for weeks now, and emailed the photographer to let her know the session has gone from 12 down to 4. Turns out, she's pregnant too.
A break? Anyone got one? Arms open, ready to catch...