not feeling so supermom

Morphine would be so much easier

I’ve discovered the key to surviving an attack of HFMD and unfortunately, it’s not morphine. It’s distraction. Or as magicians like to call it, misdirection.

So this is pretty much how Tru’s brain looks like now.

The pain in his mouth is so immense that it’s hijacking all the other signals being sent to his brain. As a result, he doesn’t eat, he doesn’t talk, he doesn’t laugh and he doesn’t want to do anything at all. When he’s not crying, he just walks around in a pain-induced stupor.

And so my mission is to hijack those pain signals before it gets to his brain. That’s where the distraction comes in. Hopefully in the process, all the pain signals gets misdirected to say, his left butt cheek.

The thing with distraction is that it’s got to be interesting enough to direct his attention away from the pain, which means that I can’t just stick him in front of the TV or make him play with the same bunch of old toys.

It’s got to be fun, fresh and sufficiently engaging so that he momentarily forgets about the pain.

The other thing with distraction is that it doesn’t last for very long. The novelty wears off and his mind inevitably wanders back to “OMG MY MOUTH IS ON FIRE I’M GOING TO SIT HERE AND SCREAM.”

Which basically makes me a state of the art entertainment centre that’s supposed to come up with new activities to keep him occupied.

By mid afternoon, I got so desperate that I sat the kids down and performed a live magic show in my living room. One of the acts was to pretend to swallow a coin. Ok, it was the only act I knew but it worked so well that the kids spent the next 20 minutes trying to shove handfuls of coins into my mouth. And nose. And ears.

Tomorrow, I’m going to eat fire.

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  • Reply Hooi See November 2, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Oh no..that sounds bad! Hopefully Tru will get better soon and the rest of you won’t get it! Take care! Its long but it will be over soon. Keep the end in sight!

  • Reply koonie November 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

    hi daphne, i hope this hfmd will be over very soon for your family. take care.

  • Reply Daralea November 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    So sorry to hear about the hfmd. I had it when I was a teenager and it was HORRIBLE! I can only imagine what you’re going through. Hope it passes quickly.

  • Reply Sean Lee November 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Wa. ok. i prayed already. Tru, Be Strong.

  • Reply Ai Sakura November 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

    poor mummy! :( how about the following ideas for your lil “amusement park” at home..
    1. puppet show
    2. balloon sculpting
    3. pictionary


    hope Tru gets better soon…
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    • Reply Daphne November 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Thanks for the list! We’re going to be trying those out these few days. :)

  • Reply Anya's mom November 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I am so glad for your sense of humor. I suppose taking a dig at your (and Tru’s) plight does help to put matters in lighter perspective? I tried putting myself in your shoes and the mental picture is not pretty. I think I will just sit and cry together with my HFMD-ed kiddo.

  • Reply The Kam Family November 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Sorry to hear Tru is suffering from HFMD. He will be okay very soon, bear with it.

    Can’t help but to laugh reading your post, esp the last sentence, love your sense of humour :-) Take care!

  • Reply Olivia November 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Don’t forget to take manuka honey and vit c to boost yr own immunity. My sis got hfmd straight after my niece recovered. Her hubby was spared as he took lots of oranges during that period.

    • Reply Daphne November 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

      thanks! yeah we’re all loading up on vit c and sambucol and anything else that helps boost the immune system.

  • Reply lilalocks November 3, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I hope he’ll recover soon! wouldn’t the kids swallow the coins the next time they wanna perform a magic show?? D:

    • Reply Daphne November 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Haha they know they’re not supposed to. I do the whole “kids, don’t do this at home or anywhere else” thing before I do my gig so they’ve been duly warned.

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips November 3, 2011 at 5:12 am

    What does mei mei do to help alleviate kor kor’s pain? Does she join you in distracting him as well?
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    • Reply Daphne November 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

      She sings funny songs and makes faces to get him to laugh – it’s v cute. But she’s gotten it too so now they sit and look miserable together.

  • Reply Jus November 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Patpat… hang in there hang in there! Must take care of yourself too so you don’t come down with it…

  • Reply NerdyMum November 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I got HFMD myself !! Last year… Same time as the kid.
    It was the worse thing ever for an adult and definately much worse for them.

    Actually ice-cream is the best food / remedy for them. On our paed’s advice.
    It’s ICED and sweetened milk so they still get some good stuff in.
    Yogurt too!

    All the best. Oh and heaps of love too!

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