March 18, 2009

Our Trip to the Hospital

Since last post my son has been on antibiotics and antivirals for 14 days and he was hospitalized for 4 days and 5 nights. Why? because some individual decided to kiss my son on the cheek and I stupidly allowed it. Apparently my son has eczema and he had scratched himself pretty bad so when the person kissed my son he was infected. To make matters worst almost every human being has staph bacteria living on their skin so my DS was dealing with both a viral and a bacterial infection.

Alhamdullillah we took him to the hospital because he needed urgent medical care. Anyway I cried when they inserted the IV and all the probing they did to the poor fella. I was so angry I wanted to find the person responsible and give them the beating of their lives. The dr. kept telling me not to go on a witch hunt since 95% of all adults are infected with this disease (cold sores, dontcha love the euphemisms?). WTF. If you know you are infected with a virus that has no cure why the f@!k would you kiss a new born baby? Why? I don't remember anyone with anything particularly nasty on their mouths kissing my son but somehow they slipped passed me. DH and I are not infected nor do we have the antibodies for the virus so it most likely wasn't us.

The docs told me that I should count myself lucky since he was infected as a 4 month old instead of a newborn because it is almost always fatal in newborns even with treatment. Is that supposed to make me feel better? It made me want to kill the person (whoever they were) even more. Also while I was in the hospital a friend called (she didn't know about my son's condition or that we were in the hospital) to share a story about a mother accidentally killing her newborn with a kiss (you can read all about it here). My anxiety went through the roof.

They kept telling me that it was HSV1 instead of the bad herpes HSV2. What is the difference? NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING other than one is socially acceptable (HSV1) and the other (HSV2) is NOT socially acceptable since you most likely got it doing the dirty. Now I was told they found it ONLY in his skin and not in his blood so inshaAllah it doesn't return ever again. In the mean time I am not allowing anyone to kiss my son. I know I can't protect him forever but I am way to pist off to let people near him again.

**I will post pics later

March 3, 2009

My bebe is sick :(

My lilo one is sick and I have no idea what to do. Being a first time parent is hard and being the only Muslim in your family equally as hard. Lilo has a fever ranging from 100-102.5 F and a severe rash on his cheek (face). It all started innocently enough 2 weeks ago with a cold that devastated the hubby, lilo and I. His cold went away but his skin was dry and irritated so he scratched. Fast forward a couple of days and his cheek looks like it has flesh eating bacteria.

Lilo at 4 months is one tough fella, he barely cries or fusses (unless you really mess with him). So today when he was crying inconsolably it broke my heart. My selectively religious Catholic mama goes like "You know what F that religion, you are not from amongst them and for God's sake wash the child." WTF! What does me being Muslim have anything to do with me not showering my baby because he is sick? She is in freaking Florida and yeah I shower my baby once a day unless he has a fever then I give him a quick sponge bath instead. She is lucky she is my mama and lilo was crying otherwise I would have let her have a piece of my mind.

I mean seriously, when was the last time you heard of Jesus (AS) crossing the Rio Grande on his way to preach in El Salvador? Mama, WHERE do you think Jesus was born? Columbia? NO! In the Middle freaking East (just to be vague) and last I checked our ancestors (my mama's and I) were indigenous people married and/or raped by Spaniards. So Catholicism isn't native to her either.

Dang it! I am pist off that she would take the opportunity to bash my choice in religion when I am dealing with a sick baby. I am all for having intelligent, peaceful and respectful debates about whatever is on your mind BUT now is not the time. My heart left my body the moment my lilo was born and I can't take it back.