After that Yu Wen forgot all about what the doctor had told her “immunity against any kind of dermatosis for life” until they were in Si-An. The whole family caught scabies but Syau Wen.
When Syau Wen was about eight or nine month old. Dz Yun haired a house maid to help to take care of Syau Wen. So that Yu Wen could have some break.
Sometimes the maid would gave Syau Wen some toys to plat with, as well as coins. It was the time for Syau Wen put forth teeth. Whatever she grabbed she would like to put it into her mouth. Just anything! The maid didn’t know that copper was toxic.
Syau Wen began with diarrhea. Yu Wen though it was some poor digestion problem and treated her with some common baby medications over the counter. Instead of getting better, Syau Wen’s diarrhea got worse and worse. If the watery excrements wet some part of the skin, the skin would be blistered. There were blisters on the maid’s arms and Yu Wen’s too! One day Syau Wen got in a state of coma. By now Yu Wen realized how serious it was. She took the unconscious baby to several hospitals, but the doctors told her the same thing: “Sorry! It’s too late.” Yu Wen wouldn’t give up. But no matter how hard Yu Wen begged the doctors to safe her daughter’s life, there was nothing the doctors can do.
Yu wen got in the rickshaw with her dying baby in her arms. Not too long she will lost her beloved daughter.
The rickshaw was a small vehicle with two wheels used for carrying one or two passengers, and is pulled by someone walking or riding a bicycle.
The driver of the rickshaw suggested to Yu Wen: “How about trying to see a Chinese herbal doctor. Maybe they can help since there is no other choice. I know there is an old herbal doctor lives right at the end of the alley where you live. May be he has some secret recipe that handed down in their family for generations.”
Like a drowning person grabbed a piece of wood, this could be the only hope for Syau Wen. She took Syau Wen to visit that herbal doctor right away.
The white hair white beard old herbal doctor looked so kind and friendly. After he touched Syau Wen’s pulse, he took some different kinds of herbs out of the little drawers and handed to Yu Wen and said:”Take these home and cook them right away and dump the soup into her mouth. Wait after finish one burning joss stick time, see if you can see the tip of her nose start getting wet. If so, your child will be saved. Otherwise, prepare for the a funeral.” ……………….
–To be continued–