Sunday, March 28, 2010

Shern Is In The Hospital With Viral Fever

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Shern was having surging high fever the night I came back from KL. His temperature went as high as 39.2 °C (that's 102.56 °F) .

I was sweating as much as him. I was sweating with fear.

After 2 doses of paracetamol and his fever was still hovering at 38.6-38.8 °C, hubby and I sent him to the hospital at 9am on a Saturday.
He was admitted straightaway after arrival when the nurse took his temperature which shows 38.8 °C.

Doctor checked on him and found no rash, no marks, no sore throat, nothing. Which means that it is not HFMD.

Dr. Chiah needed Shern to take a blood test to confirm that it is not dengue fever. It was a painful process to watch 2 nurses holding Shern down while 3 ml of his blood was being taken with Shern howling the place.

Shern was very, very whiny and very, very clingy to me. He refused his milk from the bottle. He only wants my breasts. He refused all food. He refused water.
In the end, I had to feed him water using a syringe which he cries everytime I feed him.

I could not leave the hospital. Hubby and the rest came and went. But I couldn't leave.
I am very thankful that most of the time, there is someone here with me, usually my hubby during the day and ah-yee at night.

This enables me to eat, go to toilet and sleep while knowing that Shern is being attended to.

Today he is better. He ate half a banana, mashed. And also drank milk from the bottle once. However, his cranky-ness is still at its peak.

Like hubby says 'It is not only Shern being admitted to the hospital, it is ALL OF US' :)

I hope both of us can go home tomorrow.


Mun Yi said...

Poor thing, I hope he recovers soon. Hugz.

Catherine said...

Hope Shern gets well take care too :)

Soo Huey said...

Sounds like its under control. But do keep us updated on how he goes.

Viral fever doesn't mean much. Just means:
1. It came suddenly badly.
2. The doctors can't give him antibiotics because its not bacterial, so please don't go asking for antibiotics.
3. The fact they simply call it a "viral fever" means
a) they don't know what type of viral fever... which is normal and not that they are incompetent, but probably means they're just treating his symptoms and MAYBE giving him broad antivirals. I would prefer if they just treat his symptoms.
b) It's not serious. ;)

Anyway, sounds like its all clear. I remember I was a sick child and my mum had many scary moments. All part of motherhood, I guess. But don't worry, we'll share each moment with you and Shern definitely looks much healthier than I was as a child, so these should be rare. ;-)

tanshuyin said...

munyi n MY...thanks a lot!

shuey...yeah. thanks for the info and the comforting words.
shern is at home dee..YAY! but still having fever. monitoring his fever at home. im thankful he is not on drips..otherwise it is very difficult to care for him.

Soo Huey said...

actually unless he's having diarrhea, drips isn't going to help him much anyway.

wish him speedy recovery so his mum also will feel better.


mELbiEpiE said...

Good to know that Shern's better now.......... YAY~! :)
*phew* and hopefully Shern's mum's feeling better too~! xoxo

Elly said...

OMG...Hope that he is getting better. I had a friend whose son is also down with viral fever. She gave him B-Propolis. It's an organic food which strengthen their immune system. He get well very soon then. You can try to look search for it. It's recommmended by most mum from agilent to their baby after 1 years old.

Soo Huey said...

if he's already sick, it's unlikely that trying to "strengthen his immunity" now will help much.

but it's not surprising that Shern has been sick for few days and high fever. because this is probably his first bad viral infection. i think this is a good thing. congrats! :P

because this means that Shern's body is learning for the first time to fight off infections and he will be more able to fight infections next time compared to babies who haven't been sick.

if u consider this is not a life-threatening or long-lasting-negative side-effects threatening illness, then truly this is a blessing in disguise. be happy! ;-)