Friday, October 17, 2008

Sprout has another respiratory infection

October 17 2019.

I haven't had a lot of time for blogging.

I've never had a kid who had to visit the doctor as much! I know the reflux makes him susceptible but I need to find a way to strengthen his immune system. Garlic isn't working. The doctor described it as him having a million little papercuts in his esophagus - perfect for bacteria and viruses to enter his body.

Other kids get the sniffles he gets a horrible cough that makes him vomit, drains the colour from his face, and shadows his eyes. Poor Sprout. Turns out Sweetpea brought Strep into the house, Sprout got sick immeadiately too.

People look at us suspiciously when he starts coughing. I know what they're thinking because I'm always thinking it too. The truth is he is much more likely than the average person to get ReDS. There is no such thing as 'just a cough" anymore.

Thank God we live out here in the country. He'll have to stay home from Market Day tomorrow.

What would I do if he caught it???


Anonymous said...

What exactly is ReDS?

deb said...

Respiratory Distress Syndrome?

Mud Mama said...

ReDS is the forcasted SUPERBUG in the Superstruct game I'm playing - While pandemic disease has long been a threat to human societies, the combination of frequent global travel, increased population density, and extreme environmental conditions have made the rise of global pandemic over-determined. The early warnings of the Quarantine superthreat can be found in the SARS outbreak in 2002, and the sporadic outbreaks of H5N1 Avian Flu throughout the past two decades. We currently face a global pandemic of Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ReDS. As bad as ReDS is, however, the WorldRun simulations suggest that it's only the first of a wave of successive global health threats.

The Quarantine superthreat encompasses both the broader health impacts of pandemic disease and the social impact--including political and economic implications. Traditional measures for controlling local disease outbreaks can be less effective, even counter-productive, when applied at the national or global scale. Isolation is often imposed in discriminatory ways; information overload lessens attention paid to warnings, while information limits heighten fears of being misled; immunization, when possible, is costly and happens unevenly, often increasing likelihood that the disease will spread; fears about disease transmission disrupt economic behavior, from workplace interactions to travel.

There's a lot more on this at if you're interested in the "game". I'm trying to be realistic, it isn't a big "threat" in a riral community like ours but news reports and the global climate of fear still visit small towns.

I'm shadowing real life 0 prout is sick again here in 2008 and were there a big scary airborne disease like ReDS around he would be at risk and his frequent coughs would be a huge issue in our lives. I'm trying to liken it to HIV infection and the fear of HIV infected children...and ReDS is airborne and always fatal.

Anonymous said...

Boil white vinegar in a pot on the stove every day, and you'll see fewer respiratory infections around the house. The other option is to add it to a humidifier.