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post #31 of 54
I had Chicken Pox, Measles, and Mumps. I remember the sugar cubes, but when I was tested for polio resistance before I went into nursing school I wasn't resistant so I had to have all the vaccines again for it. I guess polio is still around, they say that the virus lives in the soil and we can still get it....scary!!
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I was always sick as a kid, too. My mother smoked carrying me and I grew up in a home with two smokers and everyone that came over smoked. Lots of bronchitis, ear infections as a baby, brushes with pneumonia, etc.
The vaccination that you're confused about sounds like small pox. Lots of older people will have a small dime sized scar on one of their shoulders. It's no longer even part of regular vaccinations given - at least not in the US.


I had chicken pox. An extremely mild case of it that the pox didn't even itch (only had four of them).
Smallpox was eradicated in 1979, so I think maybe that's why the vax is no longer given. However, many labs in the world, inc. the CDC, own portions of the virus still, so perhaps we should still get the vax, in case the samples fall into the wrong hands?
post #33 of 54
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
I'm 26, and I think Ive had only chicken pox.
Me too...and shingles from the chicken pox virus.
post #34 of 54
I had the chicken pox. I remeber getting vaccinated by the school nurse and a few times getting the old polio sugarcube given to me.Of course I have the 60`s smallpox vaccination scar too. Like others have stated,I also remember children with leg braces from having polio.My worst Dr. memories are of getting gamaglobuliln injections into my inner thighs as a little boy.I also used to get some injection or other in my rear and MAN did they hurt! Things sure have changed since our childhood. Ouch!
post #35 of 54
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Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
Smallpox was eradicated in 1979, so I think maybe that's why the vax is no longer given. However, many labs in the world, inc. the CDC, own portions of the virus still, so perhaps we should still get the vax, in case the samples fall into the wrong hands?
I know. And actually there has been some debate whether it should be added back into routine vaccinations again - due, of course, to the threat of it being used as a biological weapon.
post #36 of 54
When I was growing up just about everyone had a vaccination scar on their arm. I have one but never knew what I was vaccinated for.

My cousin had one on her thigh. The story on that was she had it done at a doctor's office. This doctor gave girls the vaccination there because he thought scars didn't look nice on girls.

The rest of us had it done at the public heath clinic. The lines were long and the doctors there were not concerned about being pretty.

When I was young I had two kinds of measles, mumps, whooping cough and who knows how many colds and associated sore throat.

But I do not remember having chicken pocks. My mother says that I did but does not remember when. She says that she had too many kids to keep track of all the details.

Actually I've been pretty lucky. From the age of ten to about five years ago I was healthy.
post #37 of 54
I know when I was like 2 I had the chicken pox, so I dont remember it lol. Ummm the third grade I got really bad bronchitis, which is hard for a little kid, cause I couldnt play soccer or tag and all. I had the flu once, when I was little. I hardly ever get sick :::knock on wood!!::: anymore, only really bad allergies. I guess i am really lucky or something. All I remember is having friends always getting to stay home because they were sick I hardlhy ever missed school as a kid, not even for an hour to go to a dr. apointment!!! SOOO not fair!!! lol
post #38 of 54
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And dry skin eczema so bad I had to wear gloves to bed so I didn't wake up to bloody sheets from scratching in my sleep. Oh yeah, it was fun! Still, I don't remember being miserable as a child. Funny how that works.
This was me from the age of 16-19 Heidi. I finally was diagnosed that I was allergic to cats, dogs, dustmites and tomatoes. I now survive on a cream and antihistamines.

I had a very mild case of chicken pox when I was younger but have had chronic eczema, asthma and cold sores all my life.
post #39 of 54
I was born in 77....

I've had chicken pox, and german measles...Thats bout all I remember my ma telling me. Oh and while not a disease, still a pain in the butt.... I had head lice once as a child (and my ma couldn't afford the shampoo so she treated me with flea shampoo...it actually seemed to work)

oh, and I had ringworm (beginning of this yr)

My daughter born in 96...

german measles and chicken pox (in that order) and head lice too many times...uggggg. Although knock on wood, nothing this school year thankfully... we started some preventatives after a really bad bad case of it at the end of the previous school year.

My daughter born in 00

chicken pox and head lice (only 2x I think...they seem to like my other daughters head better)
post #40 of 54
I was born in 86. Caught chicken pox the year before the vaccine was approved. I was accidentally exposed to an adult with shingles, and my parents weren't aware varicella/herpes zoster virus causes shingles AND chicken pox. Yes, the chicken pox virus really is related to the herpes virii family.

I had strep throat alot as a kid and developed rheumatic fever a few years ago due to an undiagnosed strep infection. It didn't show up as strep on the quick test so was sent home with mild antibiotics, the bacteria got resistant to those antibiotics and I had to be treated with some strong antibiotics, and now I'm supposed to get an ECG after every strep infection. I got lucky and the initial occurrence didn't cause any damage to my heart, but each subsequent infection raises the risk of heart involvement. So now I have to demand antibiotics and explain I cannot take any chances with strep. As prone as I am to strep, I'm amazed I've never had scarlet fever. The same strain of the strep bacteria that causes strep throat also causes scarlet fever. Any Strep A infection, regardless of location, left untreated can cause rheumatic fever.

I had laryngitis alot too. Ear infections - still get those at least once every couple years. Sinus infections - 2-3 times a year. My doctor says I have horrible drainage, LOL. I get congested so easily. I still get bronchitis every time I catch a cold.

They wanted to take my tonsils out and put tubes in my ears but my parents wouldn't let them. Folks felt like tonsils are there for a reason and I'd outgrow tonsillitis. For the most part, I did. I think it's good that they didn't let the dr.'s put tubes in my ears. My mother's daughter from a previous marriage had complications of some nature from the tubes, which is why they wouldn't let them do either procedure to me.

I've never had lice. I was vaccinated against MMR, whooping cough, and most of those other childhood diseases.

I had ringworm when I was like 12. Dr. thought I caught it from the cats. Big, ugly strawberry colored itchy raised patch on my thigh.
post #41 of 54
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I've only had chicken pox- my mom thought i was naturally immune to it cause I was exposed to it a lot when I was young and never caught it- I ended up getting it when I was 12 and it was awful!
Ditto, on that. Our mom used to try to take us to visit every kid who got it. We didn't get successfully exposed until I was 12. The older you are the worse you got it. I was a very mature 12 and got it real bad. It was right around Xmas too.
post #42 of 54
I had chicken pox and a lot of ear infections. I remember being excited when I got the chicken pox because my Mom and Aunt made a big deal over it. My Aunt even took me to the dollar store and loaded me up on cheap new toys.

I also had allergies and a heart murmur as a child.

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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
You're probably thinking of the smallpox vaccine scar. I have one, and my parents both have it. I think it was mainly given in the left upper arm, and usually leaves a pit like scar. The World Health Organization said that smallpox had been eradicated in 1977, so they no longer routinely vaccinate for it. I think some healthcare people and armed services still can opt to receive it though. Now, they say that some of the terrorist countries have smallpox in their biologic weapons.
DH got out of the military in 2006 and the small pox vaccine was mandatory for him; as was anthrax and all that. It left a nasty scab and now the scar everyone mentioned.
post #43 of 54
I had chicken pox when I was still in diapers. My mom says I was around 11 months and it was in the fall. I can actually remember having it (if my memory serves correctly) and I always guessed it was near Christmas.

I had a few earaches/infections and some bad cases of the flu over the years. In fourth grade, near the beginning of the year, I got terribly sick (barfing 24/7, major fevers) and hallucinations to top it off. I think I might have had a UTI.

In grade seven I got rather sick. The doctors said "people your age aren't usually sick like this" and they said I had an ulcer. This was around the same time my panic attacks really began so perhaps it was from that.

About once a year I get tonsillitis. I can't remember the last time I had it, though.

My oldest brother had hand, foot and mouth disease (or whatever it's called) and maybe chicken pox or measles. Can't remember. My other brother had allergies and tonsillitis a lot of the time. I think we had chicken pox at the same time.
post #44 of 54
I don't have that scar for smallpox, which seems strange as I'm sure I had that vaccine. We got all the immunisations through the school system, and I remember having to line up for injections. Then we went to Singapore and got a whole bunch more- stuff like yellow fever and thyphoid.
As for illnesses it seems us kids still got sick a lot considering all the vaccinations! Chicken pox for sure, bronchitis, ear infections seem pretty standard stuff. I'm sure I had mumps and measles too, I have vague recollections of that.
post #45 of 54
I'm 22. I had the Chicken Pox. I got them in first grade, because the kid who sat next to me had them & his mother sent him to school with them. I had them REALLY BAD. They were in my scalp, on my privates, in between my toes and fingers, in my mouth and throat, and in my nose too. At the time, my brother was 2, and I gave them to him. I think my mom was kind of glad that we both got them young and my brother doesn't even remember having them. I had strep throat a few times, and a lot of ear infections. Other than that I was a fairly healthy child. I rarely got sick, so I hardly ever missed school. I never had the mumps or measles, I got the standard vaccinations for them, as they were required for school. I never had lice or anything either, even when we had major outbreaks at school. I guess I was pretty lucky..
post #46 of 54
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Wow, I hate to sound like a broken record, but I had ear infections a lot, too. In fact, in eighth grade, both my eardrums ruptured. Man, what pain and what a mess. Doctors always comment on the scarring on my eardrums.
post #47 of 54
Forgot about tonsillitis. I had that 3 times. They said if I got it once more I would have my tonsils out. I guess my body heard that and decided it didn't want anything taken out, and I never got it again.
post #48 of 54
I also had chicken Pox, though I have almost no memory of it, thank goodness! Never had the measles or mumps (just had to get vaccinated for them for class, my titers showed no immunity to them) I did have scarlett fever, that I do remember and it was nasty, very sick. One of my friends at the time started a rumor about me in school that I would contaminate the whole class when I got back to school, no one would come near me!
post #49 of 54
Chicken pox being the worst, my childhood was pretty awesome......
post #50 of 54
Intestinal amebiasis: when I was 6 months old; evidently I was the same color as the white sheet I was on, and severely dehydrated before being taken to the hospital.

Asthma & eczema: starting at age 2 until present.

Night terrors and nightmares: severe enough to be hospitalized for study, couldn't scream to wake up from them because I would also be having an asthma attack, which led to:

Insomnia: from age 3 until about 20 I slept an only hour or two per night (violent childhood abuse was also a factor).

Chicken pox with secondary infection: age 7; I missed the last month of second grade. I had pox on my lips, eyelids, inside of my mouth, bottoms of my feet, scalp, etc. everywhere.

Mumps: age 8, wasn't bad.

German measles: age 12, wasn't bad.


Wish I could say my health got better as an adult.
post #51 of 54
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Intestinal amebiasis: when I was 6 months old; evidently I was the same color as the white sheet I was on, and severely dehydrated before being taken to the hospital.

Asthma & eczema: starting at age 2 until present.

Night terrors and nightmares: severe enough to be hospitalized for study, couldn't scream to wake up from them because I would also be having an asthma attack, which led to:

Insomnia: from age 3 until about 20 I slept an only hour or two per night (violent childhood abuse was also a factor).

Chicken pox with secondary infection: age 7; I missed the last month of second grade. I had pox on my lips, eyelids, inside of my mouth, bottoms of my feet, scalp, etc. everywhere.

Mumps: age 8, wasn't bad.

German measles: age 12, wasn't bad.


Wish I could say my health got better as an adult.
Dang! You are a survivor!
post #52 of 54
Well lets start my little list:

I died when I was a few days old.....3 times in fact.....I'm a fighter!(I was born 3 months prematurely, at 26 weeks).
I also had a Brain Haemorrhage, and Whooping cough during babyhood.

And now for my childhood....

Chicken pox
Measles
Asthma (which I still have this present day).
post #53 of 54
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Originally Posted by DeeDeeMay View Post
I died when I was a few days old.....3 times in fact.....I'm a fighter!(I was born 3 months prematurely, at 26 weeks).
I also had a Brain Haemorrhage, and Whooping cough during babyhood.
Yoiks!!!
Glad you made it, you must be a fighter indeed.
post #54 of 54
I got the shot for small pox when I first started school. I got the shot at the Dr office walked home and bumped my arm somehow. Wound up had to get that shot again seems I knocked it off. Had chicken pox at a young age I don't remember how old just remember the pink stuff. I was admitted to the hospital with dehyratation. Baby in room kept me awake by crying alot.

Had to get a reubella shot when I got married cause they said I was not immune to it. Had pnemnonia or brochitis not sure which a little over a year ago.

There is probably more but not sure what cause to much recent info crowds out the old. So that is mine in a condensed version.
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