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Old Fox 004: My chicken pox woes and related stories

Monday, February 27, 2012

My chicken pox woes and related stories

Courtesy: kidzworld.com

It was an innocent looking Sunday. What started off as a little red bump on my forehead and glanced at me like a regular heat boil would, turned out to be much more surreptitious than that.  I actually saw it wink at me or maybe I was hallucinating with the fever. Yeah, I woke up with a slight fever and joint pain, both of whom are cousins who come visiting me together ever so often. I planned to have something to chill my system like maybe some coconut water or a glass of lassi and perhaps a paracetamol for the fever germs.  But the divine providence had a lot in store for me.

It must have been sevenish when I saw the clock and little did I know what the number signified then. Not talking about numerology here but just the magnitude of its impact to be seen later. My hunch was that something was devastatingly wrong with me but none of my eyes were twitching. You see my eyes are hard coded to twitch whenever something weird is in the cards. But this time they deceived me. A Hindu proverb translated as ‘In bad times, even the best of minds falter’ can be described for my eyes that kept mum that day.

I decided to skip my morning exercise or rather skip my daily excuse to avoid it – I was sick. Period.  After a little nap, I woke up to see if I had rejuvenated. But hell no! The bump winked back, now even bigger in size. Remember someone wise had said that ‘sleep is the best healer after laughter’ but that someone didn’t know that party poopers are stubborn little things. They are wired into your karma.

After a little while of time, I gave up trying to feel better and resigned much like Gulliver letting himself be tied up by the Lilliputians. Only my Lilliputians were teeny-weeny and invisible. The Mister promptly took me to the doctor, who with just a cursory glance announced the verdict ‘Its Chicken pox!’ I thought my days were numbered since I hadn’t heard about chicken pox for the longest time now. So I mistook it for H1N1 or maybe some strange rapidly growing contagious things implanted by aliens. Remember I was out the previous day and felt for certain that a UFO was trailing me.

But then I recollected – my mum used to always say that I am the only child who didn’t get chicken pox. Like that was a health introduction to the listener and in some ways a proud moment for my little mind. As I grew up, I had almost forgotten about it until this – the doctor inquired whether I had chicken pox as a kid. So I proudly said ‘NO!’ And he said ‘So, it’s confirmed!’ and happily prescribed medicines that would last a fortnight and upset my household budget. He said it will take seven days and I remembered my Chinese clock struck at seven. If this was not enough, he also said that the medicines will not heal the chicken pox; they were just meant to be taken to keep away other infections that the pox might cause!

We returned  in pin-drop silence. Then life took up a new routine – pill at 8 – breakfast – pill at 10 – sleep – lunch - pill at 2 – sleep – pill at 8 – dinner – pill at 10 – sleep…  The bumps grew right in front of my eyes; every time I saw the mirror I swear I could see them put on weight joyfully. The Mister obviously couldn’t see what I could so he locked me up in the bedroom with water and a warm cozy blanket, with no mirrors anywhere nearby.

It must have been seven days or so, I can’t really say – the itching and the burning was all I felt. The Mister’s neem sponge bath was a real saviour and I would definitely recommend it to anybody even without the pox. In fact, you should drink a glass of neem juice every time you go for that convenient coconut water or lassi.

Another seven days later, the bumps were off leaving their dirty footprints all over me. And my mum can proudly say that I’m not the odd one out. Chicken pox has been kind enough to visit me too!

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At March 1, 2012 at 1:12 AM , Blogger StyleDestino said...

lovely post,, esp love how u end it. Such gr8 way to express the pain..lol

u have a wonderful blog, esp love the layout.


At March 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Alka Gurha said...

Its March and the month reminds me of all these viral monsters....Welcome back. Stay in touch

At March 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Purba said...

I thought you were revisiting one of your childhood memories! Damn!

Now is the time to behave like a princess and throw royal tantrums :)

At March 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM , Blogger vinayak said...

@old fox 004: I felt, am a part of your narration! End of Feb and beginning of March is a deadly time for me as i get eye infection in that time. And it is the worst part of every year.

At March 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM , Blogger Jack said...

Old Fox,

The good side seems that it sharpened your writing skills. Welcome back. Hope to see you regularly now. Please do take all necessary precautions.

Take care

At March 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

Thank you so much, SD!
Everybody is surprised how I got the pox...anyways!

hehe! thanks you Alka:) hopefully, i should be able to stay in touch!

At March 8, 2012 at 12:04 AM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

yeah..i badly wish it had happened in school itself..these marks I tell you :(
haha, that's a good idea but more than a princess, I'm looking like her ugly evil sister!

Thank you Vinayak!
Welcome to my blog...hope this worst month of the year is better than the worst month last year:) Take care!

At March 8, 2012 at 12:07 AM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

Uncle Jack
What precautions? ;)
I'm fine now..and yes i should be writing more regularly now..

hope to find the time to read your stories too!

At March 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM , Blogger vinayak said...

@old fox: thanks.:) we should be thankful to God for being at least this much kind on us, i mean, only one month in a year not whole year!!

At March 9, 2012 at 1:23 PM , Blogger sawan said...

for a moment u scared me. i hav never had chicken pox does tht mean tht i cud be hit with it soon? :(

were do i get tht sponge? *justprecution* :P

hope u r good now and the marks have left u for good :D

At March 12, 2012 at 3:17 AM , Blogger kanagu said...

Me too yet to get Chicken Pox.. but I heard once you get it and cured it won't affect you for sometime..

Hope you are good now :) :) One thing I don't like about this disease is you can't roam around and you should sit in a place.. :( thats the most painful thing..

You always have this knack for adding humor even in explaining the bad things :) Loved the post :)

At March 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM , Blogger Maya said...

Good post :) The very thought of the Chicken pox itself would freak me out and i knew the pain of it :'( Its on God's grace you are all right and hope your feeling better :) And dont worry... The scars might be little embarrassing but it might soon get off :)

At March 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM , Blogger kanagu said...

Hi Vins,

You are tagged:


At March 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

hey good one! that's a nice positive thought to live by:)

Sawan saar! how are you saar?
first of all, don't be scared, u know na..i'm the chosen one in all such rare probabilities!
I'm doing good...applying neem-raw haldi paste to the marks, got rid of those horrible things is enough for me:)

At March 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

amma saar..once you get it, your body becomes immune...still there are rare cases when someone got it once in childhood and again in adulthood:)

hehhee..ur talking about sitting, i couldn't do that too because the poxes were big painful at all the wrong places..i did some internet research..it says chicken pox in babies and adults is really horrible. I'm happy that i didn't get other diseases that come with chicken pox...

thanks for loving the post da, really happy about that..very much appreciated! Hip hip hurray!!

At March 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

Thank you Maya!
The embarasing part is that the marks on my face are quite prominent whereas the ones on neck and upper hand is very light :(

yes, i'm ok and thank God for that!

Welcome to my blog! hope you like what you read here:)

At March 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

will give this a shot..grrrrrrrrrr:)

At March 13, 2012 at 1:28 AM , Blogger kanagu said...

not even able to sit.. bad :(

At March 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM , Blogger Prasant Naidu. said...

well it wasn't easy for me to see it daily :) dont worry marks will go away and i am still fan of ur story telling :D

At March 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM , Blogger Raghav said...

love ur blog, wonderful writing. and a super layout to go with it

At June 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Oldfox004 said...

Hmmm...Raghav from Gunshot! this was Vinnie the Pooh...remember?

Anyways, thanks for the compliments! always needed..how's photography n the little one doing?


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