Maybe it was a mild version of dengue that we were not even aware he had been exposed to the infection before. Today, it hurts because my firstborn is in the hospital for dengue.
With my son’s first infection with dengue virus, the doctor explained that my boy’s immune system reacted normally and created antibodies to fight the viral invaders. For his second infection, though, instead of neutralizing the virus, “the antibodies sort of bind to it, help invade the immune system’s other cells, and then spread.”
This explains 1) how the dengue virus evolves and 2) why a first dengue infection is often mild while the second infection is life-threatening.
It doubly hurts as I would want to be with him and be the first to know every development. But I can’t as I need to be home for my other boys especially for my two-month old little one.
In times like these, be with us, Lord. Be our strength and our guide.