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Casey Goode Opens Up About the Hardest Part of Son's COVID Treatment and His 'Emotional' Homecoming

Casey Goode was just adjusting to life as a new mom when she learned that her newborn son had contracted the novel coronavirus.

The American Idol alum tells PEOPLE it had only been days since Maximilian "Max" Vaughn arrived home from the neonatal intensive care unit — where he was staying after he was born just 37 weeks into the singer's pregnancy — when her baby boy came down with a fever of 101 degrees late one night.

Her child tested positive for COVID-19 after she rushed him to the emergency room under doctor's advice.

"I was in just complete and utter shock," Casey, best known as Quigley, recalls of learning her 1-month-old's diagnosis. "But the craziest thing is, your maternal instincts kick in and you don't have any choice but to be really strong for your baby. It's so bizarre. I felt this total calm, confident energy wave over my body that he would need that from me."

"There was a part of me that was worried, but the overwhelming sense of me would not let myself go to a dark place," she says. "I just kept wanting to maintain my energy level to calm and secure, rather than panicked, because I knew that wouldn't have made the situation any better."

Casey's husband, Alex Goode, was not able to be at the hospital when Max was admitted due to coronavirus restrictions. Instead, the new dad had to learn of the COVID-19 diagnosis on the phone — a moment he tells PEOPLE was "just such a shock to hear."

"All I could do at that point was to be a rock for my wife," he remembers. "I knew she was doing her absolute damndest to be the rock that Max needed."

After the diagnosis, Casey and Max were whisked away to the pediatric intensive care unit to begin quarantine.

"To just jump into an isolation room without having any preparation was terrifying," Casey says. "But I was not, for the life of me, going to be separated from him for one moment."

Though the mom was not tested for COVID-19 during her quarantine, she was treated as if she had the virus — meaning she would not be able to see her son again if she were to leave PICU.

"The hardest part is just seeing your son … with all of the cords. He was hooked up to oxygen," she says. "It was really hard to see how uncomfortable he probably was. I’m a person who always looks for a silver lining and I just kept telling myself, 'Okay, we’re in isolation, but this is a precious time for me and him to bond.' "

As the primary caretaker of Max while in isolation, Casey barely had time to sleep, let alone update family and friends on her son's condition.

"It was like I was either on baby duty or I was napping. I didn’t have time to talk to anyone," she says. "It was very lonely, but I had Max and I was still riding on such a high from getting to meet him and to be around him. I was just trying to focus on those moments."

Casey adds that it was also "hard to be away from Alex."

"I wanted him to be able to enjoy those moments with us as a family and from the comfort of our home, but I knew those moments were coming." she says. "The stronger I stayed for Max, the faster I can get him home."

"Casey’s spirit never dropped," Alex says. "I can’t imagine what she was going through in isolation, being there with him, but she was an absolute rock star. I couldn’t have been more proud of how she handled the situation and how much she must’ve helped Max."

The mother-son duo were discharged from the hospital on Oct. 7. Heading home, Casey says she was "on another planet ecstatic."

"I felt so free," she recalls. "I’m pretty sure I went into my backyard and threw my hands to my sides and took a big, deep breath of air. You don’t realize or appreciate how beautiful the sky is after not looking at it for a week."

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Second times a charm, welcome home Max. ❤️🙌🏻

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"I was just so relieved to have Max in the comfort of our own home," Casey adds. "It was extremely emotional taking him home. One of the most bizarre days of my life. I never would’ve anticipated anything like this happening to us. It was a wonderful moment because it was just a massive relief. It felt like we were finally on the other side of it."

Coronavirus cases among newborns are uncommon. However, children are not at a higher risk than adults, and the majority of COVID-19 cases to date are adults, according to the CDC.

Casey and Alex believe their child may have contracted COVID-19 during a visit to a pediatrician, who had informed the couple that he tested positive for the virus shortly before Max fell ill.

"We definitely were really cautious. We didn’t have any visitors or anything like that, but we did see multiple medical professionals just because [Max] was in the NICU," Casey says. "We kind of knew to keep an eye out for any symptoms."

Since the hospitalization, Max has almost fully recovered from his symptoms.

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We survived our first month as parents!!!!!! Tomorrow, we are celebrating Max’s one month with us! It’s been messy, it’s been chaotic, it’s been glorious, it’s been tiring, it’s been magical and it’s been the most insanely UNIQUE experience of my life. Nothing I’ve ever experience is quite like it. It has felt like one giant never ending day. The moments of peace are utter bliss, and then there are hours of baby screams where you’ve tried everything and your back hurts and you’re hungry and you just wanna pee quick but u can’t. You treasure every moment with your baby, but showering and the rare few minutes of “alone time” take on a whole new meaning. I’m so in love. It’s goode to be home. X, Quigs

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As for Casey, who tested negative for COVID-19 after coming out of quarantine with Max, she is baffled but grateful not to have contracted the disease.

"Every day that went by that I wasn’t showing symptoms, I was so thankful," the mom says. "It was just mind-boggling to me that I didn’t contract it. Who knows what could have happened?"

These days, Casey and Alex are spending their time bonding with their baby boy.

"There are a lot of horror stories from parents that caution you about how hard it is to have a newborn. But after going through what we went through in the last two weeks, damn, being home with a newborn is pretty easy!" she remarks. "We’ve been enjoying it and trying to stay positive, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel."

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Jacqueline Fernandez nails Trikonasana effortlessly in latest fitness picture

Heading into the weekend with her exercise routine intact, there seems to be no room for workout procrastinations for Bollywood diva Jacqueline Fernandez. Giving fans a glimpse of her intense workout in effortless style, the Drive actor shared a picture of herself nailing the triangle pose of Yoga or Trikonasana.

Taking to her Instagram handle, Jacky shared a picture featuring her in white and pink spaghetti tops teamed with pink Yoga pants. Pulling back her hair in a no-nonsense ponytail, the diva opted for a no-makeup look as she flaunted her flexible moves.

Standing with her feet one leg-length apart and knees unbent, Jacqueline turned the right foot completely to the outside and the left foot inside while keeping the heels in line with the hips. Extending her torso as far as comfortable to the right, Jacqueline touched the floor by dropping her right hand to the front of the right foot while extending her left arm is vertically.

Keeping the spine parallel to the floor, she turned her head to gaze at the left thumb. Though a slightly complex Yoga asana, Jacqueline looked a natural at it.

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Since Trikonasana involves the whole body, its benefits are immense including treating the neck sprain, stimulating and transporting the blood flow throughout the veins and body hence, reducing any risks of a block or stroke, stimulating the digestive system, improving the flexibility of the spine and correcting the alignment of shoulders. It also relieves gastritis, indigestion, acidity and flatulence while strengthening the ankles and the palms, reducing the piled up stress and anxiety and even reduces discomfort during menstruation.

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Masaba Gupta leaves fans motivated for the next grind this weekend with her post workout selfie

Clean eating and not procrastinating workout sessions seem to be on a priority for Indian designer Masaba Gupta and her social media handle is filled with enough pictures to back our claim. Seen giving fans a sneak-peek of her intensive exercise routine, Masaba left the netizens motivated for the next grind this weekend.

Taking to her Instagram handle, Netflix’ Masaba Masaba star shared a selfie after sweating it out during a rigorous workout session. The post-workout picture featured her donning a casual white tee paired with black Yoga pants as she lay there drenched in sweat on the mat after exercise.

The diva’s unmissable glow on her no-makeup face was enough to make fans keep their procrastinations aside and head out to hit the grind this weekend. She captioned the picture, “Dead meat. It’s the weekend. Remember to get moving (sic).”

After making heads turn with her stellar performance in Netflix series Masaba Masaba, the ace designer has only seen her fan base swell on social media. The 31-year-old knows how to keep netizens hooked and recently she was seen sharing health tips with fan on how to make PCOD vanish.

In an interactive QnA session with fans on Instagram, Masaba revealed that her daily 16-hour fast not only makes her feel great but also gives her more energy, more clarity and no acidity apart from making her PCOD “vanish”. Another handy tip from her was, “Lose weight!! It’s the best way! But pls do it in a safe & slow way. Do not get on some crap fad diet especially Keto –it messed my body up. Speak to a nutritionist- eat ghar ka khaana. Workout 6 days a week. Stay happy. Bas (sic).”

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Have you heard of the Milk Biscuit Syndrome among kids? A doctor explains

The milk and cookie disease is commonly found in children who consume a lot of dairy, sugar, preservatives and acids (from processed food) resulting in highly acidic content in their stomach.

By Dr Prashanth Gowda

The Milk Biscuit Syndrome is more commonly referred to by doctors as the milk and cookie disease. Although several children have experienced this, it is not something that is commonly talked about. This is often experienced by children who practice an unhealthy diet and consume excessive sugar and processed fat, especially late at night, which would cause coughs, running noses, sore throat, fatigue and constipation.

The disease is about more than just milk and cookies. It is caused by several factors. A few reasons why your child might get the disease is due to the consumption of the following just before bedtime:

Excessive consumption of soda

Processed / store bought juice

Milk

Yogurt

Sugary snacks

Ice-cream

Chocolate

The milk and cookies disease is not an officially recognised disease. However, thousands of children have been found to be showing symptoms without being able to discover a cure. Because this is not talked about very often, medication is often given for the symptoms but not for the disease itself, which results in the illness not being cured completely.

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What causes this disease?

The milk and cookie disease is commonly found in children who consume a lot of dairy, sugar, preservatives and acids (from processed food) resulting in highly acidic content in their stomach. When they are asleep, this acidic content can flow backwards through their oesophagus and sometimes till their throat. Unlike adults, kids don’t feel heartburns but they experience congestion, runny nose, sore throat and cough. These symptoms are generally mistaken as allergies and infections by doctors. Long-term exposure to this kind of acid reflux can result in medical problems like asthma, bronchospasm, dental problems, chronic cough and even ulcers.

How can it be treated?

The treatment is very simple for this disease. All you need to do is cut out on the dairy and sugar that your child consumes especially before bedtime. The main reason for this is acid reflux.

Most parents find it hard to believe that cutting down on dairy would actually help their child. Doctors recommend that you however try the method before opting for more medicines and spending more money on a disease that could be cured at home.

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Thousands of children were found to improve after cutting down on dairy and sugar to the surprise of parents. Misdiagnosis is a common problem because the disease is not an officially recognised disease. Controlling the dairy and sugar consumption of a child immediately controls the sugar levels in the child’s body preventing any further elevation of the current problem to anything more problematic.

Timely diagnosis is key in this disease. When diagnosed right and given the right treatment and diet, it can help make a child’s life so much better.

(The writer is Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, Motherhood Hospitals, Sarjapur, Bangalore)

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