Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The tawas experience

Jack-Jack had skin blisters that weren't healing up as they were itchy and he kept on scratching them, causing them to swell until pus built up on those wounds whenever we'd see signs of those wounds drying up, he'd scratch them again, repeating the cycle.

We suspected they were due to an insect bite on his leg that was too itchy he can't keep his hands of them and since he'd be scratching that and then scratch other parts of his body, it spread, especially when the wound already produced pus. It was almost a week, and there were no signs of those healing up. We decided to take him to the doctor today, as soon as J can set an appointment yesterday.

However, our nanny apparently had other ideas. My husband texted me yesterday afternoon that our nanny called a mag-tatawas (a faith-healer) to perform some ritual on Jack-Jack. She said later on when I got home that she was trying to call J to tell him that she was going to call a faith-healer to check what's wrong with my son but he wasn't answering so she just went ahead and called the healer.

The healer pricked my son's wounds to get the pus out using yellow ginger, and bathed him in water infused with atis leaves, using classic Safeguard soap. Those were ok. Until my nanny said that the reason the wounds weren't getting any better and multiplying was because there are dwarves in our house that our nanny angered. She said that those dwarves were playing on my son. And when I got home, there was an offering in our garage. And another thing. The reason why my son wasn't getting... fatter was because he had pilay.

Now, I have no problems resorting to faith-healers, but please do it after we got a doctor's opinion since we were already calling for an appointment. It just irks me that she did it without consulting us first. Yes, maybe she was thinking that we might be blaming her or something but we don't. Yes, she's concerned about her charge but so are we. I'm just not panicking because I know it's treatable and yes, Jack-Jack might look kawawa but we are already setting up a doctor's appointment so that his wounds can be treated.

Well. I'm hoping that doesn't happen again. Because I wouldn't be able to hold myself from speaking out if it does.


clarice said...

ay naloka ako!

hope jack jack gets well soon!

Pat Grace said...

grabe di ba? we just got back from his pedia and and impetigo daw yung tawag sa skin infection ng baby ko. he's given antibiotic and she's agreeable to continue yung herbal remedies na ginawa ng magtatawas.


Colorblind said...

hala ano ba yan haha! yung insect bites from SG pa ba yan???

Pat Grace said...

yeng-yeng, hindi. iba na to. hehehe. maraming insecto kasi sa bahay. hahaha.