"Daddy you have a fruit loop on your face"
It was one morning where I'm bringing Champee to school and she noticed a big pimple on my face. Well, that was I thought of… or wanting to be it a pimple at that time. So after her school I brought her first at home and I went directly to the doctor to check what this fruit loop is. I also felt having a flu like symptom so it must have been something about the rash or hopefully not pneumonia.
When the doctor saw it, she immediately say, chickenpox! And I said, "are you sure?" She called another doctor and asked about rashes now in my arms and body. And she said "this looks like chickenpox"
If I were single, my initial reaction would be… oh no, I would need Belo for my beautiful face :).
But as a dad, I backtracked the events that happened that morning. Did I kiss Cassandra? Amanda? Cali? So good thing, Cali already had it when she was young. So I'm down to my two girls. Looking at Champee's vaccine records, she got one for chickenpox. But for Cassandra, hmmm she's so young, how can she be protected? Looking at some medical articles, they said that infants have immunity until three months of age if their mom has the antibodies for chickenpox. I haven't verified it yet with a doctor. But as a first action when I went home, I isolated myself from them and sanitized everything I touched that morning just to be safe.
That night, with the help of my in laws, they allowed us to stayed in their place so I could really isolate myself in a single room and make sure the kids are safe. This started my journey of hopefully just a week of battle with chickenpox.
I'm now on my third day, and these are the things I realized so far.
I'm not entirely sure if there are still spaces in my face where the rashes don't appear but I do hope that it'll subside tomorrow. One last thing I wanted to share with this experience is that I know this is just temporary. Or maybe there will be some scars that will be permanent (like emotional wounds that we got from our past)… but one thing's for sure: that God has given me the grace to become better in my work life balance and my family life.
I'm a technology geek, photographer, musician and a rookie dad trying out to speak my mind through writing my daily experiences as a young Pinoy dad.