I wonder how many other parents there are out there feeling the same regrets?

Courtesy of WFLA:

A 4-year-old Sarasota boy has been in and out of the hospital multiple times over the last ten days. He was diagnosed with an inflammatory illness called Kawasaki Disease a few weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Erin Thomassen tells 8 On Your Side her son, Alex, didn’t show any serious symptoms while he had COVID-19. For him, things escalated after he recovered and received a negative test result.

First it was aches and pains, then a high fever followed by a racing heart and swollen limbs.

“His eyes were bloodshot red. He lost control of his stomach and he was throwing up and having to go to the bathroom,” said Thomassen.

Alex’s parents brought him to the emergency room at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. After a second visit, doctors sent him to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete.

“If it had gone on even one or two more days, he could’ve had really bad irreparable cardiac damage,” said the boy’s mother.

In a Facebook post that’s now been shared more than 1,000 times since Aug. 8, Thomassen wrote, “I kick myself for being lax about wearing masks and physical distancing. I thumbed my nose at the experts and my little boy suffered the consequences…..We were complacent. We went to the gym without masks. We thought that we were safer because we’re all young and healthy.”

She admits, her son’s hospitalization was a wake up call.

I feel bad for any parent who has to watch their child suffer like this. 

On the other hand, I cannot help but feel angry at the ignorance of adults which can so dramatically hurt children who rely on them for protection. 

When it comes to taking care of children your politics or prejudices should not factor in at all. 

Especially if they put your babies at risk.