We're old hands at hosting teams. We've had so many unexpected events related to teams over the years, we know everything generally works out fine in the end. We even weathered a potentially serious hurricane/tropical storm while hosting a team last year.
Still, in a "Murphy's Law" kind of way, we do seem to encounter special problems right as we are getting ready for teams, or while they are visiting. We have a team coming in this weekend.
So this morning, Boo came to show me her "itchy bumps." We often get these bumps after spending a day out on our property. They can be like poison ivy, and sometimes they seem to be bug bite related. I was unconcerned, until Rachel said, "Look how many she has! It's like she has the chicken pox or something!"
Then it hit me. Two weeks ago, Kirstin and Bethany spent a day working at a local orphanage. A few days later, that orphanage was hit with an outbreak of chicken pox.
Boo had the vaccine when she was a baby, but the dates (chicken pox has a two week incubation period), and the ever-increasing number of itchy spots all over Boo have convinced me. This is a case of in-spite-of-the-shot chicken pox.
A friend in Virginia (the state, not the city of Virginia Lempira) just informed me that there has been quite an outbreak in her area of chicken pox which hits in spite of the child's having been vaccinated. Her son's entire cub scout pack got them.
I've called our incoming team, and warned them of our contagious condition. Since all of the team members are adults, we are hoping to hear that they have all already had the chicken pox, and this will not affect their trip, and also that Boo and David will be able to visit with them during their stay.
Since David was 14 months old when he came to us, we don't know if he has had the chicken pox or not - but we are assuming at this point that he will break out in "itchy bumps" two weeks from now.