Measles like symptom after MMR

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.

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First person or second person account?

I realise I have been posting intermittently on both first and second person accounts. Sometimes, I start with ‘N did that, did this’. On other times, I refer the posts to N directly as in ‘you did that, you did this’. Which, of course, seemed natural when typing out the posts. As an after thought though, not so natural.

With that, I will stick to writing ‘about’ N rather than ‘to’ N henceforth.

So many things to share in so little time

From N’s milestones to his birthday party update to his crush…

Yes, my son has a crush on this gorgeous South Indian Actress. I’m not surprised. I think the only Tamil movie I watched during my pregnancy from the beginning till the end was Arundhati. So, it makes sense for him to watch her with awe.

He doesn’t bat an eyelid when her song is aired!
If that is not a milestone worth mentioning, then I don’t know what else is!

Three weeks short of his birthday, he started ‘singing’ along Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old Mac Donald, some Tamil lullabies my mom sings to. On his birthday he pointed to a stray dog outside the temple and said ‘dog’ unprompted. Could say duck unprompted. Eyes, nose, mouth, hand, legs he shows when asked.

He ends one two buckle my shoes, asks to play ‘charm charm prek’, picks up his star block and starts singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Could walk on his walker without needing its support. After so long took him to a South Indian Restaurant where he sat in a baby seat for the first time.

My baby looked splendid in his jippa, complete with shawl you :-). Shall post about his party et all separately.

Tired

Being a maidless mom surely takes a toll on the body and mind.

Does that mean I get to drop the housework and rest?
Hahahaha Nice try!

Did I mention it is was the first day of Karthigai today yesterday? It is one of the festivals I like and look forward to because of the lovely lighted lamps? I made pongal. It is not my family’s custom. Made it anyway for the fun of it.

Turned out well it did. A little bit of bragging here-it was super duper yummy. In similar lines of koyil prasadam. The best acknowledgement was from my husband who normally takes one spoonful. That one spoon is eaten forcefully to get away from my pestering to eat. He actually said ‘nice, honey’ and asked for a second spoonful. And for a helping later.

Ahhh tired but worth the effort. The house is quiet except for the TV noise. Son is sleeping, husband is sleeping and I’m blogging while watching TV and having a nice chilled drink.

Aahhhh, simply divine!

Ps: I was watching this funny movie called Kalavaani (thief) It took me almost a week (from the time the promos were aired) to realise it was ‘thief’. For I thought it was Kalaavaani (perhaps named after the heroine’s role). She was named Mahes. How come? Then it struck. The ‘then’ was not immediate, mind you. *sigh*

Deepavali

Was a day to remember!

Firstly, the hired cleaners could not turn up. What happens next? How to usher Maha Laxmi to a uncleaned house? That too for the first time to your new house? With that, the husband and I cleaned the whole house 3 hours before Deepavali!! Including washing the porch and backyard, mind you. Completed 15 minutes short of 12am.

Lil N slept on fast without much hassle. Since his birthday party, it takes him ages to sleep because he slept nearly at 11 on his birthday party. With that, the subsequent nights till Deepavali eve, I rock him in my hands for at least an hour. Nice huh! Did I mention I was down with flu the day after his party?

Slept at about 2.20am and woke up at about 6.30am. Made my yennai palagaram which happens to be kesari. Ghee… yennai…duh!

Found the Deepavali decor on the floor. The cello tape was not strong enough. So, placed those two aside after the attempt to stick back on the wall was futile. Took out a kodam to place my colourful fresh flowers. Maa elai was up at 2am. Thankfully, that was one task done in advance. The only two disappointments were that I could not do a kolam and lit up vilakkus. It’s definitely in the next year Deepavali to do list.

Breakfast and lunch was at IL’s place. Shortly after lunch left for parents place.

Was back home by 9pm.

For a change, went to both the Little India in Klang and Brickfields. It sure brought on the festive mood even more.

Happy Deepavali!

2006 Deepavali
2007 Deepavali