I had mixed feelings when the doctor told me that little A was positive on Typhoid Fever (I made some typos to people who asked because here in Indonesia we call it the same “typhus” while actually the two is different disease). It was the fourth day little A got fluctuate fever and the second time around we came back to see the pediatric. This time he ordered for a blood test and when the result came his final say was “he needs to check in (read: hospitalized)”.
Typhoid Fever is very common in tropical country. The bacteria lives in human stools and it can transfer if someone with this disease handles foods without washing hands or we touch things that has been handled by the infected person (who didn’t was his hands) and we don’t wash ours properly.
Last month my cousin’s son got it at the age of 1 year old! My friend’s daughter in Jakarta got it at the same time as little A’s got it. My neighbor’s daughter also got it. Sounds so terrible indeed!
Little A’s hospitalization came only days from our holiday plan, and a day from my plan to re-arrange the house before we take off. All that plan have been cancelled except the flight. I am glad that we got to know this before we have gone for holiday!
Now we need to make the Typhoid Fever go away from little A’s body. I don’t want him to be a healthy carrier of the disease. Hopefully the antibiotics that are given to him as part of the treatment will wash down the bacteria for good. And hopefully he will get better soon. I hope little A will be okay just in time before we have to fly for our year-end getaway.
I found a very complete resource about Typhoid Fever HERE.
Meanwhile, this is how we spend our Saturday in the hospital: