Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Asyraf and his Skin

i noticed a couple of white spots on asyraf a few months back. one was quite big, like a pimple, one was smallish, almost non-existent. i left it at that, didnt think much of it. he's almost seven so i dont check his body as often as i did when they were younger - had to check quite often to make sure there's no eczema, rashes, bumps, bite marks etc.

one fine day, i looked and woah...the spots multiplied. there's even some on his side and back. he said he didn't feel comfortable, he wanted to scratch but i wouldnt let him, afraid they would scar. i decided to bring him to a dermatologist since ariff too had some rashes under his arms, and while we're at it, i've got some itchiness on my fingers - ever since the housework been piling up, right?

took them to dr mardziah, whose clinic is next to dr azizi's. she's a paedriatic dermatologist as i wanted a skin specialist for this. dr mardziah's queue is a blessing compared to our other doctors at dsh - dr maziah, dr azizi, dr azmi, dr awal, dr rozman (oh yes...we have loads of doctors that we visit at dsh, hence my no. 3 on the expenditure list ehem!). ahead of us, there was only a family who was already inside and the doctor's assistant got a quick reading of the boys' height & weight. asyraf's 113cm at 17kg while ariff's 112cm at 19kg. twins.

we got in to see dr mardziah after about 10minutes (or even less) wait. showed her asyraf's chest, she asked him to lie down for her to see. quick look from her and she said 'its viral...its called molluscum contagiousum'. well...that was quick. she said treatment is to put dried ice on each spot so that its not active. thought i was supposed to get the dried ice, i was a bit blur then. but she pointed to her table and said, there's ice there, depends on us when we wanted the treatment to be. oh ok, again...that's quick. asyraf wanted to do it then, so she called her assistant, put on her gloves and got to work. she warned asyraf that its cold and may sting but asyraf, the drama king, had no expression what-so-ever. she applied the ice using cotton buds on the spots.

once she was done, asyraf started fidgeting. he was grumbling that it stings and hurts, and the spots quickly redden. the doctor was surprised, saying his skin must be sensitive to change colour so fast. oh well...that's asyraf, mr sensitivity! we'll be back in a couple of weeks time to see if all the spots have been taken care of. hopefully they have because i dont want more $$$ going out!

note - molluscum contagiosum as explained by mr. wikipedia.
molluscum  contagiosum (mc) is a viral infection of the skin or occasionally of the mucous membranes, sometimes called water warts. it is caused by a DNA poxvirus called the molluscum contagiosum virus (mcv). mcv has no nonhuman-animal reservoir (infecting only humans). this common viral disease has a higher incidence in children, sexually active adults, and those who are immunodeficient, and the infection is most common in children aged one to ten years old. mc can affect any area of the skin but is most common on the trunk of the body, arms, and legs.
surgical treatments include cryosurgery, in which liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy lesions, as well as scraping them off with a curette. application of liquid nitrogen may cause burning or stinging at the treated site, which may persist for a few minutes after the treatment.

oh...we saw this at the clinic...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wheels In My Head...

i have loads to write but can never sit and pen them. they're all still in my head, jumbled up with new things going in and not churned out. i gotta get them down and clear my head, else the wheels would never stop spinning.

i got a couple of recipes that i've promised but never did put them in an entry. i've also got a huge project underway now. i'll be updating them because i really need them out of my head. but they will not be published until its finally done, insyaallah in less than 3 months time. so for now, all updates pertaining to this project will be private :D

a bit on my 2 youngest boys. ariff now has a say on how he wants his hair to look like. no more botak for him but his hair is course and sticks to his head (like his father's) so it won't grow like amir's. it would just look like his has a lump on his head. hubby to him to the barber a couple of weeks ago and he decided he wanted a trim on the side and a bit on top. now he combs religiously...ah, another one in the house *sigh*

my baby still goes bald, or forced to go bald. akmal's hair is fine and soft. if he grows it out it doesnt look bad, more like amir's hair than ariff's. but for some reason he gets rashes on his head, like cradle cap, so its better for him to go bald. of course its not an easy process as he screams bloody murder every time we take out the shaver.


the value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults - peter de vries

grown-ups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explainning things to them - antoine de saint-exupery
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