N”s body temperature was slightly above his normal reading. He was not
yet having fever, though his body was warm. Warm enough for ‘mommy termometer’ (read: palm) to detect but at the same time not high enough for the normal termometer to detect fever.
This was going on at least two days (Deepavali eve, Deepavali and days after). Loss of appetite too. Not only he was not eating his usual rusks and cereals, he even refused to drink milk. Though he was behaving as usual, he was not his usual self. This again, another mommy instinct/mommy behavior detection thingy.
I was not confortable. I was monitoring him. Spoke to my mom. She said that it could be that he’s teething or that he’s about to set another milestone. Now that he has completed his one year. I was still not convinced. I was checking his temperature a couple of hours every night.
Could it be kannu?
We clebrated his birthday on the 30th where everyone was hu-haing how the birthday boy looked in his Jippa AND without fuss wearing a shawl that went with it. How he is so friendly (he went to almost everyone), not fussy with the crowd, not cranky though he was awake pass his bed time, etc etc. There, so it goes, I discard superstitions but believe in kannu.
Blah Blah Blah, on Wednesday (10th Nov) my huband calls me at work to say N has two bite marks on his cheek. Told him it could be mosquito bites. Later in evening, we went to fetch N. What did we see? Red spots all over N’s face.
I was fuming. Comments on allergy was heard. Was anything new introduced to him, I asked. No came the answer. All I ask for is one bloody phone call. Why can’t the people have the presence of mind to call the parents? What difference is there between strangers caring for your child and people whom you know, then?
I HAD to come back home late that day. I was overloaded with work. What more, when that was the first day of work after my Deepavali break. It was too late to take him to our usual pediatrician. We could have if only we received the ‘unthought of’ phone call’ during the day.
Off to the medical centre. The local doctor, who looked more like a secondary school student was unsure what it could be. More likely an insect bite. All over his face? I could not even discount that, given the history of ant bites. Still, I asked, could it be chicken pox? His temperature was above normal the few days before, I told. Couldn’t be, said the doctor.
Off to another clinic for second opinion. Again, the locum (I think) looked like a student. This time, more like a newly graduated one. Same response. Not sure. Insect bite more likely. I repeated what I said. Listening, the doctor said he will treat it as chicken pox and gave the required medications. I was still not happy and continued monitoring N for fever. Didn’t bother taking the chicken pox medicine though it was I who mentioned it. Note that N was not having fever at the clinic. Though, I did notice he had flu like symptom.
All is well, the marks were wearing off, N was coming to his normal self (inaccordance to mommy standards). Come Saturday, my mom came over to the house. One look at her grandson and she said, he has had measles.
I wanted to hug and kiss my mom. I was convinced.
Research and much research later, I let off a sigh of relief! N had his MMR vaccine on 2nd November. His body was actually giving measles like symptom due to the jab.
I slept well that night.