Yesterday night/today’s morning around 3 am when I was just about to go to bed, kid got a high fever and a funny cough like dog barking. He refused all meds and giving him is futile cos he will sure vomit all his stomach contents with lots of drama. So, we gave him one suppository before he went to bed. His fever was here much earlier yesterday.
So, he gave this woof, woof, woof coughs. Loktor 5xmom damn expert listening to coughs sounds and can tell if a child is wheezing or having breathing difficulties. Eh, don’t pway-pway with me wokay? I can do suction, stuff the tubes right into the nose and throat with a phelgm suction machine, give nebuliser, do chest physio wan, you know? Even the nurses couldn’t bear to do it for their own babies when their kids stayed in the hospital. (pins Mom of the Year award on ownself)
Loktor 5xmom nudged 5xdad who was snoring away : Oi, wake up. Listen to his cough? So tight and congested. But not from the lungs. His face is flushed. Nah, take this torchlight and check his throat.
So, we asked kid to open his mouth and say ahhhhhh.
5xmom : You take a look. I have no contact lenses. See got white spots or red, swollen throat or not?
5xdad the nurse : No, nothing.
Loktor rabun : Sure? How come. He look so weak and uncomfortable.
Loktor to kid : You got pain pain here (indicate his throat). Head got pain pain?
Kid blur blur : No. *gives stoned look*
So, ding dong ding dong, he seemed rather lethargic and his funny coughs continue. I don’t trust his ‘no pain’ because he is known to have very high threshold of pain, even the doctor said so. Finger turned green with pus and doctor pressed also he said no pain.
Loktor 5xmom : Eh, you listen he got wheezing or not?
*Lifted his shirt to check chest movement* Loktor 5xmom dem terror, see child breathing also know what is normal or not. Can count respiration per minute too.
Assitant nurse 5xdad’s rat ears damn sharp and better than doctor’s stethoscope listened. Reported back to Loktor 5xmom, “No, very clear.”
Again, ding dong ding dong, we decided to bring him to the ER because this kid hardly get sick before and the sudden cough didn’t sound right. So, we expect if we bring a kid to the ER at 4 am, sure kena hospitalised. I packed my clothes, his clothes and my LOL, laptop. The hospital got wifi in the room wan, you know? Bring charger, bring phone charger….
But you know what? When assistant nurse went to drive his car into our apartment lot, came up to carry the patient down, he suddenly spring back into action. All active and the fever gone! Can kapster already. Tok kok in the morning. So, what else, I went back to sleep lah. Aiyor…almost 5 am already and I haven’t gone to bed for the night. And the two of us slept until 1.30 pm today.
Just took him to see the doctor. The real doctor lah. And doc said he got laryngitis. His voice is now like an ahkua but still can scold people. The weird sounding cough still around. And the medicines prescribed are still at the pharmacy ‘cos we are too lazy to wait for them. His appetite is still as good and right now, he is watching TV.
I think all parents can relate to this ‘Should we go or should we wait?’ thing about taking a child to see a doctor. Especially during non-clinic hours. My advice – Go with your instinct. It is better to go than to wait, most of the times. And if your baby is below 6 months old, never hesitate. Never allow a child to have prolong fever. Keep a thermometer at home and if the temperature is over 38.5 deg. C, insert the suppository if paracetamol doesn’t work anymore. Make sure you get the correct dosage suitable for your child. But don’t over do the suppository because those are classified as NSAIDs (dunno what la, except that these meds stayed in the body and not broken down by the liver or something like that so not advisable to use too often) Sponge immediately or some young kids can go into febrile seizure when the temper is too high. When a kid get that, don’t try to shake to wake him or pry open his mouth to stuff a spoon inside. Be prepared to deal with seizures. Read up lah, I must tell you everything meh? Hehehehe. I loktor buruk so dunwan to share so many things, cannot ah? Go ask your real doctors. (MyMomsBest has some useful articles written by our local doctors and how to deal with high fever) .
Oh ya, thank God all my little prayers memang work. I don’t know about other parents but I am damn reliant on little prayers for things like these. (like not getting coop up in the hospital) Just only, while I was driving to the hospital with my kid, I joked with him to pray we get a really, really nice parking in the shade, near the hospital building. It was freaking hot and the hospital always do not have enough parking. Carrying him all 16 kgs and a backpack and walk all the way to the hospital, can faint wan, you know? True enough, there was one empty lot right smack in front of the hospital. When I was taking him down, he said “Haiyor…mommy, Jesus so clever wan wor? He really listen to me wan hor?” Heh, that’s what God s means when He said ‘Unless you have the faith of a child, you can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven’.