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My son screamed for five hours straight.

I was half deaf and mostly insane with overfull, throbbing breasts that he refused to suckle. Without fluids or food for hours, I rushed him to emergency.

I was seen quickly due to the sound of the writhing, howling monster making everyone feel worse than they were originally. The noise reverberating so close to my eardrums meant I couldn’t concentrate on what the triage…