LatteGirl had the day off from school yesterday thanks to all the rain flooding areas around her school.Â Having the opportunity, TheWife took her in to our pediatrician to look at a rash that had developed on her face and arms.
When TheWife called me later, she informed me that LatteGirl has Fifth Disease.
She has WHAT?!?Â Fisk Disease?
No, Fifth Disease?
No! “Fifth” as in after fourth.
What the Hell is Fifth Disease?
Well, as it turns out, Fifth Disease is really not a big deal.Â It is a viral infection, and by the time the rash shows up that LatteGirl had, you are basically almost done with it already.
But what the hell kind of name for a little virus is “Fifth Disease?”Â Sure it has some historical reference to “5 childhood Rashes” (one of which, “fourth desease” is not even known today as to what it really was), but honestly couldn’t they just rename it something a bit more benign?Â If TheWife called and said, she had the “blotchy face virus” I don’t think my heart would have skipped a beat the way it did during our inital exchange.