April 29, 2012

Naniniwala ka pa ba?

Around 9pm last night friends dropped by at home. When all the guests went home, Juan started vomiting for no apparent reason. The vomitting continued overnight prompting us to change the bedsheets and pillow cases many times. I was already thinking of 'usog' but living in the modern times made me think twice.

Usog may mean two things for Filipinos. First, usog means move. The second one doesn't have an English meaning probably because it is not a part of other countries' culture. Usog is sometimes called bati. Usog happens when someone notice or said something to another, then that person will get dizzy, will vomit or will be feverish.

Many Filipinos believe that when a person is 'na-usog' or na-bati, you have to ask the person who naka-usog to rub or put saliva on the affected person's tummy. I hear yuck and eww from my children as I write this post. If  the first option is not possible, an alternative antidote is to boil the last clothes the person was wearing, let it cool, then wipe that clothes to the na-usog person. It took me hours before finally deciding to do just that to Juan. And in an instant, Juan turned okay, as if nothing happened.

There's no medical and or scientific explanation to this, but then a mother has to do whatever it takes to make everything alright for the sake of her child.

4 comments:

  1. Huwaatt? Talaga sis? Wawa naman si Juan. Sino kaya naka-usog sa kanya? Sabi kasi nila, may taong malakas talaga ang usog. Cute kasi ni Juan eh, di malayong mausog ang batang yan!

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    1. Oo nga, sis. Cute and nice kasi tong si Juacho kaya laging nababati.

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  2. Naniniwala pa rin ako sa usog! With my kids, pinapa-tawas pa sila ng mama ko! :)))
    Hope it doesn't happen again to your kids!

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    1. Madami pa din pala tayong naniniwala sa usog.

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Thank you for the joyful comments!