Saturday, May 2, 2009

back home.

while everyone everywhere else in the world is worried about swine flu, we're scrubbing our house to get rid of the smell of vomit. nasty? not as nasty as the diarrhea that is luckily still contained in diapers and therefore not nearly as stinky as vomit. we've been battling this bug since my parents got really sick during holy week, and we thought we were in the clear. apparently rotovirus sticks around f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

samil spent sunday night dry heaving in his playpen, desperate to puke but unable. by monday morning, with no sleep at all for amalio or i, we decided to take him to the emergency room. emergency? for a little vomiting? yah. it's a good thing, too. the poor guy was so dehydrated they could barely find a vein for the IV. i did think, though, that we'd get one bag of saline into him and they'd send us home.


by 5 o'clock, the first IV still dripping, the kid was still puking. anything.we.gave.him. so they decided to admit him. i went home, took a shower and got ready for one night in the hospital.

we got home thursday afternoon after being diagnosed with rotovirus. a super common bug that affects most kids under three. there's a vaccine in the states, but not here. well, there is one. but it's super expensive. and most doctors say not to take it. i'm with them. i think all these vaccines for fairly benign childhood illnesses just might be what's causing the increase in more serious, warped versions of the bugs. i'm not expert. and that's just me. and don't worry. samil's vaccinated for anything that doesn't exist in the US like measles, mumps and rubella. hepatitis and yellow fever. we won't be passing on anything to unsuspecting gringoes.

samil's doing much better, as he showed us all in the video i posted in my last post. we had planned a trip to the beach this weekend since it's labor day here and everything's closed on monday, but we'll be scrubbing the house down and getting ready for summer. better late than never, right?

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