Consequently, although there are fewer than 1, XP victims in the U. Until those efforts pay off, Kim and Jim Harrison are relying on their own preventive measures. When the girls must go out in daylight to see a doctor, they are slathered with No. In their large, rambling home, shadows predominate. Curtains are drawn tight over all windows. Low-watt light bulbs are used sparingly.
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Otherwise the house is illuminated by candles. Yet it is a joyful house.
The children brim with laughter and mischief—their only observable impairment is a slurring of speech, which may be a physiological effect of the disease. Kim, who once worked as a preschool aide and ran a day-care center in her home when they lived in Illinois, has begged or borrowed a slew of toys from local service clubs, preschools and individuals. In a playroom Mickey Mouse curtains cheerfully block out the enemy sun. A big rubber bouncer with colored climbing poles sits in one corner, a gym and slide in another, and the girls regularly bounce, slide and whoop there.
Outside the real kitchen is a play one with toy dishwasher, stove, microwave and sink. Neighbor kids often stop by to join in games with Jaime and Sherry. Three small puppies have just joined the murkily lit household. So far, the girls have also been kept in the dark about what is wrong with them. And sometimes, like all siblings, they get tired of each other. Jaime goes around cleaning up the house, and Sherry goes around tearing it up.
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The first troubling signs came when Jaime was 2 months old and on a family vacation in Montana. Doctors diagnosed them as a rash and gave her cortisone, then changed the diagnosis to impetigo, then allergies.
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At that time, Kim and Jim had been married for a year and were living in Aurora, Illinois; when they wed she was a single mother attending community college, and he had just been discharged from the Air Force. During the frigid Illinois fall and winter following their Montana vacation, their baby was kept indoors or bundled up. That night she woke up covered with terrible blisters, running a degree fever.
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She could not even cry, because the skin around her mouth cracked and bled when she grimaced. The Harrisons were referred to Dr. Just before Thanksgiving , a skin biopsy revealed the truth. The Harrisons were told that Jaime, like most XP victims, would eventually die of melanoma cancer at a young age. There were no support groups, no other families to talk to to find out how to deal with this.
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