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My Measles Scare (or rather, the Test for Measles is Expensive!) My Life 08 JUL 2016

At the start of June, Chantelle and I were making it a mission to head out for an early morning walk to the whale viewing point after dropping the kids off from school.

After one particularly fine morning walk, I returned home and noticed that I now sported a blood red rash that was spread all over my body! (You can see it on the photo above, and although the phone camera doesn’t show it off so well, on my arm below.)

Chantelle was immediately concerned, and asked that I see a doctor as soon as possible. So I got in contact with Dr. Chris Jooste’s reception and made an appointment for later in the afternoon.

At this stage I was still feeling reasonably fine, with just a bit of a scratchy throat and of course my big red rash. That all changed on arrival and inspection at Dr. Jooste’s practice though, as he came to the same conclusion that both Chantelle and I were suspecting – this looked very much like a case of measles, which is of course not a good thing at all! (Interesting fact – if you are confirmed as having measles, the doctor actually has to report it to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases as it is classed as a notifiable disease in South Africa.)

So off I rushed to PathCare to get the required blood tests done (luckily, the PathCare at Vergelegen Hospital was still open at that hour).

Now the drawing of the blood was perfectly fine, no hassle there, but goodness, the gathering of the nose swab samples was not! What a horrible sensation of having someone jam a super lengthy cotton bud up your nostril, so far that you’re sure she’s poking your brain! (Horrible, just plain horrible!)

I was of course now in quarantine, and after a few days I got a call from Dr. Jooste informing me that the measles tests had in fact came back negative (whew!), but because I was displaying the classic symptoms of measles he had more tests done and a positive for German measles had come back in.

So not nearly as serious then. Still, for the next couple of days my energy was drained, my joints incredibly sore, and of course I was (rightfully so) completely shunned by my wife and girls, meaning no hugs and kisses to make me feel better either.

Honestly, I was moving about like an old man, my joints were that sore!

What a weird year I’m having. As the doctor put it, I’m obviously trying to relive my youth at the moment. First mumps, now German measles – what’s next? Chicken pox  perhaps? (Hopefully not. Mom did find my old clinic card and it states that I received all the necessary immunizations of the time!)

measles blood test cost breakdown from pathcare

What surprised me the most about this whole saga was however the bill I received from PathCare (which I need to fork out for because I only have a hospital plan with Discovery). It turns out that the test for measles is quite expensive. R878.10, with my total account coming in at R2114.20 – I could have done without that I tell you!

Anyway, the disease passed in a few days, followed by a couple more spent in quarantine as I was still classified as being infectious, making for a rather boring week or so indeed!

Oh, and of course, a couple of weeks later Jessica followed suit with some German measles of her own


German Measles and a Walk along the Strand Beachfront (2016-07-06) Photo Gallery 07 JUL 2016

Believe it or not, a little while ago I came down with German Measles of all things. Sadly for Jessica’s sake though, the Gordon’s Bay Lötters weren’t quite done with German Measles after all – second week into her holiday and bang, a big red rash spreads across her entire body, and with that, my little girl is down and out for the count.


Luckily it didn’t affect her nearly as long as what it did me but Monday, the first day of her illness, was tricky with both Chantelle and I needing to physically be at work on the day.

Thankfully Dad (who appears to be loving his new pensioner status by the way) was able to make the early morning trip through to Gordon’s Bay and look after her for us – which she rather enjoyed mind you!

Obviously holiday care at school was out thanks to the infectious nature of German Measles, so from Tuesday onward she stayed at home with me watching movies while I worked. An arrangement that also didn’t seem to bother her much!


Halfway through Tuesday she was already starting to feel much better, and so when Wednesday rolled by, I decided to treat my now very bored little girl to a lunch time break that saw us drive out and pick up some KFC pops for lunch, sit in our car at the beach with a view of the sea and devour them, and then finally enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Strand beachfront to stretch our legs for a bit!


Strand always feels a bit weirdly run down to me, what with its mixture of expensive high rise apartments right next to old, tired looking shopfronts. Nevertheless, that beachfront of theirs is great for a stroll, and Jessica was loving getting a bit of sunlight and fresh air after being cooped up in the house for so long!


I see the construction phase of the City of Cape Town’s R180 million project to refurbish the Strand sea wall and in doing so, update the promenade and attempt to breathe some new life into the tired Strand beachfront is already well underway.

I can only imagine the headaches this work will bring in the future (basically the same issue that has plagued Kalk Bay and Fishhoek for years now), but the long-term benefits should more than outweigh the short-term inconvenience I’m sure!


Despite being out for far longer than what I had originally planned, it was great to get out and enjoy the fresh sea air on such a beautiful, windless Winter sunny day, so definitely a lunch break well spent.


Plus, it was rather nice to have a healthy, albeit it quarantined, Jessica back again!

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(In case you are wondering, we think that Emily already had her German Measles first, so she should be okay. Hopefully.)