Sorry to keep some of you in suspense. I have spoken at length with our pediatricians, oncologist and a very nice lady from the CDC. Anytime one person in a family acquires whooping cough (pertussis), the whole family is required to take strong antibiotics. So early this week we all started on antibiotics.
Phoebe and I stayed away from the rest of the family, who all have whooping cough. She was scheduled to be admitted today for her next round of chemo through spinal tap and IV, but we decided to reschedule for Tuesday. We have spent most of the last week apart, again. Since all of the “infected” ones have been on antibiotics for many days, Phoebe and I were able to come home today and we are now all under the same roof once again.
Deacon still has a really nasty and typical pertussis cough. Amey and Ben have a lesser, but still nasty cough, while Averic, Phoebe and I are doing great! They tell me that none of us are contagious, but the effects can last as long as 3 ½ months.