Today is Ariff’s third birthday. He has grown up tremendously. In these three years, I am hardly growing up physically, but hopefully not followed up with the negative mental growth. But there are people who has become more immature day by day. But for Ariff, by looking at how he needs to face this world, I believe that he will grow up in no time.
Hail Ariff, on his third birthday
Who knows behind those bright eyes, looks healthy same like other kids, there is something that many do not know. He is special compared to us. He is among the chosen ones. Since he was born, he carries a cursed decease. It is such a rare decease that even we would not know; the decease which is known as G6PD Deficiency.
So, what is G6PD Deficiency? It is a short term for Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.
G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition in which the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, or G6PD, which helps red blood cells (RBCs) function normally. This deficiency can cause hemolytic anemia, usually after exposure to certain medications, foods, or even infections.
Most people with G6PD deficiency don’t have any symptoms, while others develop symptoms of anemia only after RBCs have been destroyed, a condition called hemolysis. In these cases, the symptoms disappear once the cause, or trigger, is removed. In rare cases, G6PD deficiency leads to chronic anemia.
Having G6PD is like putting firecrackers (if worse, a bomb) in his stomach. Nothing happens if nobody burns the fuse. But if someone burn it, it will explode in no time (read the person will get anemia @ his red blood cells damage faster than his body can replace). What are the triggers that can lit these firecrakers?
- illness, such as bacterial and viral infections
- certain painkillers and fever-reducing drugs
- certain antibiotics (especially those that have “sulf” in their names)
- certain foods, most notably broad beans and his family
- certain antimalarial drugs (especially those that have “quine” in their names)
Broad bean@kacang boncis@fava beans, snow beans@kacang parang?
So what the people around him need to do is to keep him away from any infections and any of the other triggers. Then only he can have an active and great life his other siblings enjoy.
Although the decease seems really harmful if it is triggered, it is nothing compared to the psychological support that this kid needs. The love and care from people around him is crucial. That is the universal medicine that anyone could not doubt. Let’s give him our warmest love and hug so that he will be brave enough to walk on the narrow and bold road ahead of him, survive in the challenges of this world and safe from the suffering of the hereafter.