This is a true story of my own Whooping Cough experience when I was a small child. Some parts of my memory are a bit foggy because I was so young at the time. I will however share what I can recall.
I remember the doctor coming to our house to check on me back then and giving me an orange tasting medicine. I remember my Aunts coming over to visit and telling funny stories to make me forget my illness.
Though I could tell my parents were very concerned because of the sound of my cough, I tried to make them laugh. At times I would turn blue from all the coughing.
I also remember having hallucinations, but, they didn’t scare me at all. I saw witches riding on broomsticks on my walls and ceilings. To me it was like watching the wizard of oz. I remember waking up and hoping to see the little “friendly witches” still riding their broom sticks on my ceiling. Weird! Even back then I looked at things optimistically!
I remember friends and family visiting me in my room and at times I was not sure whether they were really there or if I was just dreaming. I also remember waking up in a sweat, but, I didn’t feel bad about that because I was told this meant the fever had broken.
I asked my parents to make sure to take care of my toy horse for me. When I was well enough to come to the kitchen table, I brought my horse with me and tried to feed it. I wanted so much to go outside and play, but, my mother insisted that I stay inside until the coughing stopped.
My parents were concerned over how thin I was getting and it seemed like I had to continue taking that orange tasting medicine for a long time. I missed my dog because she was not allowed in my bedroom. I wanted to get well fast so that I could take my dog outside with me when I played with my friends and went swimming.
Also, my brother and sister sure treated me great at that time because they too were afraid for me. I remember enjoying listening to my sister play the piano and that made me feel better too. Well, that is about all I can remember! Not much, but, at least I made it back on to the road to health after that and very much compensated for my illness by staying healthy and active from then on. I played outside just about all the time after that episode riding my bike, playing badminton, tennis and swimming.