While listening to all the debates going on over whether to vaccinate children for measles, I mentioned to Dale that when I was a kid I had measles and actually had that disease twice. Back then there was what was called the two week measles and a three day measles. We were supposed to stay in a darkened room while the illness was active because too much light could cause blindness. Most of what I remember was that it itched, but never looked like the photos we're been shown of kids with measles today. We broke out but never to the extent I'm seeing now.
My one vivid recollection was having the measles in summer and being confined to a couch on our screened in back porch and having to watch all the neighborhood kids, and my sister, play in the wading pool. I still see this whole scene in my mind.
But Dale then recollected that he never got the measles and for that matter, he never had the mumps or chicken pox either. How on earth did he manage that? Every kid in that era all seemed to get these things, the germs traveled down the block so that by the end of one week everyone was sick. To me, mumps was the worst, our necks swelled up around the face so much we looked like balloon heads.
Chicago Heights must have been a childhood illness-free zone. I'm glad our kids and their kids didn't/don't have to go through this.