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Adult Chickenpox at age 26

Pardon my nipple-free alien boobs, I had to blur them to make this post legal.

This post is actually about chickenpox!

I am 26 and I got the chickenpox.

This illness is considered to be more severe in adults, and in my experience, this is because we don’t have mothers around to care for us, and have more responsibilities.

The risk of death apparently increases by about 25% as an adult, and more serious complications can occur such as brain inflammation and pneumonia, though this illness once upon a time was common for children to get ranging from age 5-11 before the vaccine was introduced in the early 90s when I was a kid. My mother tried to expose me to the illness to build immunity like my older siblings had who grew up on the 80s but we didn’t find anyone to give it to me, and chose not to vaccinate.

The illness typically lasts about 5 days with pox blisters appearing all over the body in increments of 2-4 days. Other symptoms often include a fever, cough, aches and pains, and fatigue.

The vaccine has greatly reduced outbreaks, though it comes with its own set of common risks which include pain/redness/bruising/swelling at the injection site, fever, mild chickenpox-like skin rash, runny or stuffy nose,cough, sore throat, headache, tired feeling, sleep problems (insomnia), joint or muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea. Less common risks can be more serious and include pneumonia, seizures, and more. There has shown to be a high rate of immunity to the virus for up to ten years after having 2 doses of the vaccine, though each dose can shed the virus and cause chickenpox in those who have not yet build immunity. Those who have recently been vaccinated or exposed to the virus should avoid the elderly and babies for the period where shedding is a risk. The chickenpox was possibly used as biological warfare when colonists gave native Americans infected blankets.

The inactive Ingredients of the varicella vaccine include: sucrose, hydrolyzed gelatin, sodium chloride, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium phosphate dibasic, potassium phosphate monobasic, potassium chloride, residual components of MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein, sodium phosphate monobasic, EDTA, neomycin, fetal bovine serum.

These ingredients all come with risks and side effects of their own.

Personally I would not choose to inject those ingredients in my body. So far, the chickenpox is not fun, but it’s also a lot more appealing to me than injecting those poisons and dna from other animals. Sure it hurts, but I get to take a break and watch some Gaia and catch up on down-time activities.

There are actually benefits to have in this virus. It has been shown to strengthen the immune system and even make people resistant to certain types of cancers.

Maybe it would have been easier to get the illness at a child and have build the immunity then, but I’m also glad its happening at 26 and not later in life. I feel quite resilient and able to fight it off at this time.

2020 has been eventful so far. After enduring a miscarriage at 14 weeks and am still in the process of my body adjusting back, I now have the chickenpox. Another blessing here is that I will be immune to chickenpox now which puts me in a safer position for motherhood in the future, as chickenpox can be dangerous to pregnant mothers and the developing fetus who have not yet build an immunity to the virus.

How did I get the chickenpox? I am pretty certain that I got it from my partner’s shingles. Shingles is the same virus as the chickenpox but it has mutated. Anyone who has had chickenpox can get the shingles, and shingles can be had more than once but is very uncommon to occur more than twice. Shingles can give the chickenpox to those who have not yet build an immunity. Shingles vaccines just like chickenpox vaccines can shed and cause either form of the virus. How did he get shingles? I don’t know. We’ve been traveling a lot, confined in airplanes and airports with people from all over the world. Hey, at least its not the corona virus!

During this time of year it is important to keep our immunity strong with DHA, vitamin D, good hydration and hygiene, and a healthy diet to fight off these potential illnesses. It’s gonna be okay! Good vibes, health, and happiness to you all!

#knowtherisk #chickenpox #adultchickenpox #coronavirus #mybodymychoice

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