Memory sharing time of when I had the chicken pox and when I had the measles. I remember when I had both and it wasn’t a fun time. While these memories were brought up by recent outbreaks, to me it’s more remembering a time when I was living in some crazy conditions as a kid.
Before I went into foster care my bio-mom kidnapped my brother and I while we visiting our grandma. At some point while we were staying with her, I got chicken pox. It was pretty miserable and I remember the one bedroom apartment we were staying in only had a stall shower. So her and her boyfriend stuck a washcloth over the drain and filled up two inches of water and splashed baking soda in it. I then would try to splash the water on me. It kind of helped a little bit I guess but I was still pretty miserable.
I remember later staying with my bio-dad and his girlfriend. I remember feeling real sick and then I started getting spots and I was worried I was getting a different looking version of the chicken pox. It was a bit of a confusing experience as a kid. I remember staying on a couch downstairs for over a week. I remember them telling me later that I what I had was the measles. So I guess now I’m pretty well protected against it. I later also had the MMR vaccine for school shot records so I guess I’m double covered?
Someone at church around my age got shingles. I really hope I can avoid that in the future. It doesn’t sound like a fun side effect of having had chickenpox in the past. I just thought I’d write these memories down some where while I still remember some of the details from that young age including later realizing I had been in one of those custody kidnappings that take place.
Who is Paul Darr?
Paul Darr has lived in the Inland Empire region of California, Oregon, Colorado and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul is also an Army Veteran, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the political spectrum Paul is a Libertarian that advocates fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Paul is currently employed as a Computer Support Technician and is a father of a handsome boy and beautiful daughter. In his free time Paul enjoys reading, using and modifying open source software, gaming and several other geeky pursuits.