When my Z came down with a headache and high fever in the middle of the night, I didn't think much of it, gave her some Children's Panadol and a cold cloth and went back to sleep. The next day she was lethargic still fever, no sore throat, so I brought her to work (her school) and had her lay in the sick room. One of my managers said I could bring her to the clinic so I did, and to our surprise she was diagnosed with EV-71.
Because of the 1998 outbreak here in Taiwan, where 1.5 million children were infected, 405 with severe complications and 78 deaths--the government here takes it seriously. She could not go to school for 7 days, the school and clinic had to notify the government.
The Dr found 3 small red sores in the back of her throat, but her virus was the very mildest version and caught in the beginning stage, after 2 days of being listless she was back to her vivacious self, enjoying her holiday. For me I had to find a sitter immediately. I first called my "Chinese parents" like her godparents here and she stayed there her first day (Friday), and then we had the weekend. On Monday she returned to her Chinese "grandparents", but they made plans to go to Sun Moon Lake for a few days. The next day Tuesday, I had my friend Doreen watch her, she herself is a part-time working single mom and thats about all she had time for.
That meant I had to stay with her Wed and Thursday, free days off for me too-hooray! She was allowed to go back to school on Friday. The incubation period is between 3-7 days and I could tell she was totally back to normal after 3 days, but rules are rules. With her wearing a mask we went out on the town.
(We watched the sunset on the roof and she was just goofing around.)
|Our lunch: spicy mutton stew, eggplant, seaweed, green beans, 10 grain rice|