Originally Posted by momtoS
I did call everyone ahead of time. Everyone was more than okay with us coming over and we also got loot bags from neighbours who's children also had chicken pox (although they all went out with friends like usual). We did not go around to potentially spread it.
I guess....I don't understand how I was not courteous to the general population? I had NO contact with unknowing people, I had no contact with people that didn't consent to us coming over. We didn't walk past people on the sidewalk, etc.
Can you please clarify if you still think I should have stayed in my own house last night?
we understand that you did that. I've got no problem with going out to see people who either want their child to be exposed *with their knowledge* or who know they've already had the pox - assuming the child feels well enough, and many do.
The reason some of us keep harping on "don't take your sick child door to door!" Is that until a bunch of people said "Oh, no, don't take her trick or treating!" you were really thinking of doing it, and a few other people were also saying "oh, no biggie, I bet they'd be glad to get natural pox!"
And the response to those of us saying "Don't," had a definite overtone of calling the naysayers overprotective, because "CP is a simple childhood disease, and is no big deal, so you shouldn't worry about exposing people." There have been a number of posts that express astonishment or amazement that anyone would think to keep a sick and contagious child away from others.
So I, personally, think that your compromise was a great idea. You warned people about possible exposure and stuck to visiting people who were okay with that for various reasons, but you did not take your child out door to door or into crowded, anonymous places. You were courteous to the general population, but I think people are continuing to post about courtesy because you, and a few others, keep coming back to the theme of "Well, I really don't see why it is a big deal."