This, my friends, is not a photo of a beautiful sunrise. It is a sad reminder that the haze is here and the sun is choking too. Photo taken on 26 Feb 2005 at 7.30 am at 5xmom apartment grounds.
It has been hazy here in Penang. And I recall the worst haze that happened sometime in the late 90s. It was a nightmare for me then because my eldest son had childhood asthma. And his lungs could sense a haze better than our meteorological department. Before they publicly announce about the haze, my son would be wheezing and coughing away. And the next thing will be a long hospital stay.
Those were the days. I was a full-time working mother. His primary school and daycare centre was about 40 minutes ride on the bas sekolah. At that time, a curfew was declared in Kuching, if I remember correctly. And over here in Penang, everyone donned a face mask. Some days, it got so bad, I would rushed out during my lunch hour to pick my son up, send him to daycare and speed back to work. It was very stressful to me as a mother to an asthmatic child. I wanted to do everything to protect him from the big, bad haze but the air that we breathe was just so, so bad.
But through the years, I am now a lot wiser and a lot braver. I hope this current spell of haze will blow away soon. Rain, rain, please come now. Don’t let all the little children suffer like my poor kid used to do.
I am thankful that the same little, asthmatic boy is now a young adult. He is not affected by the haze, had been cleared of his childhood asthma and is under the care of a great doctor. In fact, he is going kayak-ing tomorrow with his scouts members.
I hope mothers of asthmatic children will learn to cope with the right attitude. That is to take everything in their stride without putting too much pressure on the kid. Don’t make an asthmatic child feel like he is a freak with a weird lung and about to suffocate to death. I know many parents will be over protective, causing undue trauma to a child with their (parents) imaginative minds. Nowadays, the management of asthma is a lot simple and effective. Unlike those times when my son had to swallow oral steroids and inhaler was rare.
I had a conversation with someone from the medical line recently:
5xmom : Have a great weekend!
Someone : Cannot, haze problem.
5xmom : *sigh* A lot of asthmatic kids/patients ya?
Someone : Yeah, poor kids
5xmom : Not only poor kids, poor moms too, been through those nightmares
Someone : Poor mothers are a result of poor management
5mom : I know what you mean, I met lousy ones a lot
Who made me feel like the world is ending.
Someone : Yeah. Good explanation should make the mothers know what is asthma and alleviate their fears. The best way to counter fear is to know the enemy well.
5xmom : And look them (illness) in the eyes. Thanks, doc!
Poor sun, looking so gloomy.
Can someone, please perform the rain dance?