Welcome to Week 9 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.
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I've always had health issues and a recent flare-up of a chronic condition got me thinking about all the childhood illnesses I had. I'm sure many of you suffered from the same things - measles, chicken pox....
What childhood illnesses do you remember having as a kid? What about your parents or grandparents? Did they ever share stories of any childhood diseases that our lucky children never had due to vaccinations?
I do remember getting measles. I woke up one morning covered with red bumps on my chest. I was about 7 years old and thought I was getting breasts like my older sister! She called them her boobs and I was pretty excited about having my own until my mother took a look and sighed, saying "You've got the measles" I was pretty disappointed.
Chicken pox also struck our house and I vaguely recall being sick and feeling horrible for a few days.
There was a big polio scare when I was about 8 or 9 and all the swimming pools were closed. Lots of public outings were discouraged, such as going to the movies where there were crowds.
A year later all the schools had their students line up to eat a sugar cube with something on it. We were told by the doctors and nurses giving these out that this would protect us from polio. That was when the polio vaccine was first developed and I think it was live vaccine drops on the sugar cubes that we were given. Later we got injections of the vaccine.
Those are the only big diseases I remember (not counting the migraines I began experiencing at age 10) My Grandmother told me she had rickets as a child. We don't hear much about such diseases any more.
My oldest son had whooping cough as a four year old and was in hospital for several days. He and many other four year olds in our small town all developed whooping cough that same year and word got around that it was from bad vaccine given when they were all babies. True? I don't know.