As I write this, the newspapers tell me a teenager in my city has died from dengue. A couple of years ago, the spouse developed what we thought was a regular fever. As luck would have it, he popped a pill and waited for the fever to subside and went about his regular routine. The offspring and I went off to Lonavla for a couple of days to be spent with his buas on an impromptu holiday. When we got back, the spouse was laid low and not eating a thing. This was most unlike him. To cut a long story short, the next morning he drove himself and dropped the kid to school, we came to office where a concerned friend took one look at him and insisted he get a blood test to check his persistent fever. We owe that friend his life. His platelet count was down to 17,000 and by the time we rushed to the hospital and got him admitted, it had fallen further to 11,000. That was perhaps, the worst day of my life.
He was critical, in the ICU. At one point his body began rejecting the donor platelets and I was scurrying around trying to organise single donor platelets. He is haemophilic. Internal hemorrhaging, if it began, the doctors told me, could be fatal for him.
He pulled through. But it was a lesson learnt for us. A crucial lesson. We are now a family that takes all the precautions we can to prevent it striking again. No collected water anywhere in the house, and we are rather diligent about the application of mosquito repellent on all exposed parts of the body when we step out, we sleep peaceably only after plugging in and switching on the liquid mosquito repellent. More often than not, I insist the offspring wear long track pants and full sleeved tshirts if he is playing down in the compound in the dark. Of course, what is an offspring if not to defy the dictats of a panicking mother. I also have a handy little repellent in my handbag, for the times we find ourselves out of home, and exposed to potential bites by mosquitoes. The offspring can be spotted chasing down the occasional stray mosquito on the premises with a ferocity that would rival early man hunting for his dinner.
It is something that needs to be taken seriously, given how life threatening it is.Ensure that there is regular fogging by the civic authorities in your area, keep a watch out for potential breeding grounds for the dengue mosquito in your building premises, be a proactive parent and check about the situation in the places your child would visit in the course of the day, whether school, classes, tuitions and if you spot potential breeding spots, inform the authorities. We do what we can to the best of our abilities. I suggest you do too.
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