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I is for Influenza A: Part 2

I mentioned in Part 1 that Elliott was actually running a pretty high fever for the entire week. He stayed home for the whole week as I did not want to risk him passing on the viruses to his friends. After I was diagnosed with Influenza A, I knew that he was probably suffering from the same bug as well. I haven’t been out of the house and it was pretty clear that I caught the virus from him.

We also noted that he was particularly cranky and out of character. He was teary, clingy and kept uttering “Mummy, hug me“. He was also barely eating/drinking and did not even want a lollipop when I offered it. It broke my heart to see him in this state. He has also never ever fallen asleep while watching TV but the poor baby did it on Friday afternoon (19 May).

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The high fever kept coming back and on Friday night, when it hit 39.5 degrees and he was in a listless state, I decided that we needed to take him to KKH. For the record, I was just discharged from KKH that afternoon so we were returning to KKH again.

The boy dropped us off at the Children’s 24-hour Clinic and I was shocked to see a HUGE crowd. It wasn’t our first time there but this was possibly the most crowded I’ve seen it. We took a number and there were like 30 patients ahead of us.

Gulp.

I took a cursory glance around and there were sooooo many kids with fever patches on. One frantic father ran to the triage nurse and exclaimed that his son is having a high fever. The nurse replied, everyone here has a high fever, Sir. It was like a scene out of an epidemic outbreak movie.

The boy and I donned masks because we really could not risk getting sick. That’s something I don’t get – why do we not wear masks when we are sick or in an area where there are clearly loads of viruses floating about? Yes, wearing a mask is uncomfortable but I’d put up with it instead of falling sick.

The nurse at triage took Elliott’s temperature and thanks to Brufen, it has come down to about 38 degrees. I also told her about my bout of Influenza A and she ordered a blood test for Elliott as well.

We headed to Door 11 (the area for blood test, emergency wheezing cases, etc – we’ve been there before when Elliott had croup). Prior to this, I had no idea how they take blood from a toddler. Well, now I know. They take a needle and prick his 4th finger, then squeeze his finger to get drops of blood out. Of course, Elliott screamed when his finger was pricked. It took all of me not to tear. It was excruciating to watch the process where each drop of blood took forever to be squeezed out. Ouch.

Finally, what seemed like forever (it was probably 3 minutes or less), it was over and the nurse told us to wait outside. She said that the blood test would take an hour so that was the minimum time to wait before seeing a doctor. By now, there were a prominent sign to inform all that the average wait was going to be….4 hours.

By now, it was past midnight and everyone was exhausted. Check out the waiting crowd. While waiting, we also heard many announcements for sick kids to head to Door 11 for their blood to be taken.

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Finally, at almost 12.30am, it was our turn to see the doctor. The blood test confirmed that he also had Influenza A and I was expecting to be given Tamiflu which was what I got as well. As it turns out, the KKH doctor said that it is not their protocol to administer it and we were to just ‘ride it out’. She also advised that it is ok if he doesn’t want to eat but he MUST drink to prevent dehydration. Any form of liquid is ok – water, soup, juices, milk – basically, as long as he keeps liquid down. She said that if he refuses to drink, he’d have to be warded.

We left KKH with the following meds:

  • Zrytec x 1 bottle
  • Iliadin x 1 bottle
  • Brufen x 2 bottles
  • Paracetemol x 2 bottles
  • Lacto GG capsultes x 1 box (he complained of pain in his tummy which was probably caused by Brufen – I did not know that it causes gas!)

We finally got home at about 1am and crashed into bed after administering the various meds to make Elliott feel better.

Thankfully, with the meds and lots and lots of rest (he slept loads), he was slowly on the mend, much to our relief. The doctor also advised us to let him stay home for another few days so he had to miss his much-anticipated excursion with his classmates to the Butterfly Park. This is also why the boy and I did not celebrate our wedding anniversary with a nice dinner on 22 May. I guess we can do it another time. He finally made it back to school on Tuesday, 23 May, after an absence of 6 days.

The viruses these days are horrid and long drawn so please, everyone, if you have sick kids, wash their hands with soap frequently and importantly, please, keep them at home.

We’ve also learnt from this experience that KKH does not give out Tamiflu for such situations so on hindsight, I wouldn’t have bothered heading to KKH at all.

elliott · the twins · thoughts

Mother’s Day

It’s past midnight so technically, Mother’s Day is over but who says we can’t celebrate it on any other given day? It has been a hectic day of errands and since I’m wide awake (3rd tri insomnia yo) and the boys are in deep sleep, it is the best time to think and reflect..

This photo reminds me that it is my last Mother’s Day with the one who made me a mother and from next year on, I’d be a mother to 3. THREE KIDS. That still boggles my mind, to be honest. Are we excited? Yeah kind of. Are we scared shitless? Pretty much so. At least I am.

I’m not sure how or why the Universe chose us to be parents to twins and this amazingly sweet boy right here but it did, so we will count our blessings and hold on tight for the ride.

And if you yearn to be a mother one day (just like I did years ago) but it’s not happening yet, I want you to know that you are in my thoughts today. ❤️

Happy Mother’s Day.

Also, I don’t say this enough but here’s a special shout-out to my mum who, until today, always puts us before herself and is always there whenever we need her. I am also thankful for my mother-in-law who is always ready to babysit Elliott at the drop of a hat. We are blessed to have a village behind us.

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elliott · funnies

Elliott Says – 3

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Elliott came to me holding this. He pointed to the circled building and asked:

E: Mummy, is this the dentist?
Me: I don’t think so. It looks like a school.
E: A school?
Me: Yes, a school. Just like your school.
E: (without missing a beat) No, this is not my school. There is no carpark.

The things he says these days amazes me sometimes! It also reminds me that he’s no longer a baby and is growing into a little person. Sniff.

elliott · funnies · randoms

Elliott Says – 2

We were all comfortably in bed. Elliott decides that the bookshelf in the bedroom is messy (!)

Elliott: Why is it so messy, mummy?
Mummy: Ok I’d pack it tomorrow. I’m comfortably in bed already.
Elliott: But why? You have 2 feet, you can walk.

Win.

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Review: Lollababy Nasal Aspirator

Note: This is not a sponsored post. Also, this post talks about snot so if you’re squeamish about such stuff, consider this a warning!

I can’t remember how I came across the Lollababy Nasal Aspirator. Must have been one of those idle-surfing moments. It was selling at one of the baby fairs for $79 at a special promotional launch price and after a quick chat with the sales staff, I got one. Previously, we used  the Nose Frida whenever Elliott has a stuffy nose but he HATES it. He will struggle and fight, and it’d take 2 adults (me and the boy) to pin him down just to use it on him. Also, I did not like that I have to suck on the mouthpiece to get the snot out. Washing the Nose Frida also involved many parts.

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Last month, E had a snotty nose again. Think thick yellow snot and it was bothering him. I took out the Lollababy and used it on him. Amazingly, he thought that it was the funniest thing ever and kept giggling. He even asked me to keep using it again and again (!!). Honestly, I have NEVER seen him enjoy getting his nose cleaned this much.

I managed to clear both his blocked nostrils properly and when I removed the silicon cap to wash, there was a collection of thick snot. As strange as it sounds (especially to non-parents), it felt really good to see all that gross snot.  Also, it is really easy to clean. We simply remove the silicon tip (it comes in 2 sizes, a smaller one for newborns and a larger one for toddlers) and the plastic attachment and rinse it with water and soap.

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E has since learnt that this little contraption helps him in clearing his nose and would even ask to use it (never happened with the Nose Frida). We use it together with the Sterimar Sea Spray, i.e. we spray both nostrils before using the Lollababy to clear out his blocked nose. It’s really easy to use and in fact, he can use it on his own. I usually clear his nose properly before letting him have a go.

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As mentioned above, this is not a sponsored post. I paid for the product and found it useful so I’m blogging about it to help other parents who have to deal with snotty noses (and we all know this is a common occurrence with little people).