Category Archives: Sick

What the heck is Viral Myositis

@ 5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days

Ryan was down with a viral flu two weeks back. He had a mild fever on the Friday (17 June) and he got well on Sunday (19 June). On Monday morning (20 June), he woke up with a bad calves pain. Yes, it affects both side of his salves. Initially I thought he was playing pranks but when I saw him lying on the floor and was limping, I knew it was for real. So I rubbed on some Yue Yi oil and the affected area. After awhile he claimed he felt better but he was still limping. However, few hours later, his pain miraculously disappeared. I do not want him to waste his time doing nothing productive, so I asked if he wants to bake some cookies to which he delightfully said yes… yes to cookies time = in his definition to ‘mess’ time. That’s a separate post on our maiden cookies baking session.

That same Monday, in the late afternoon his pain striked again. Similarly, he complained of pain and discomfort and he couldn’t walk properly. Evidently he was limping again around the house. It really puzzles me as during his ‘ok’ hours, he was seen running around the house, playing kicking with YehYeh, jumping up and down on the bed. I ran a search on “growing pains” and found similarities on the symptoms but one thing to note was, growing pains almost never occured during the day. So the possibility of him suffering from growing pain is striked off. I came to read about the possibilities of more serious condition if the pain seem to affect the child persistently during the day/night. That scares me shit. You know how disastrous it can be by becoming one’s own doctor…

The next morning, it was same the old symptoms. The moment he stepped off the bed, his legs weakened and he could barely walk. Despite limping, he was acting normally. He told me the pain was bearable. Nevertheless, I decided to bring him to the paed. I felt a sense of relief after listening to what the doctor say. According to the doctor, eventhough the first for me, this condition is actually very common. It can occur prior or post a viral infection. In Ryan’s case, it was a post viral infection symptom. I felt I needed more assurance to ensure Ryan’s okay and asked if there’s a need to run a blood test or X-ray but Doc insist that was not necessary. He presribed Ryan a tube of anti inflammatory cream to apply, assured me Ryan should get better in a few days’ time and sent us home. That afternoon, his pain miraculously gone, this time for good. I haven’t even unsealed the tube of cream and here he is, jumping, running, kicking like he never had any pain at all.

I gave Ryan permission to go on another day of MC on Wednesday (22 June) so I could monitor him for another day. In the morning, as usual, he woke up full of joy and energy. No more a limping baby…. *mommy smiles*

* I later found out from another doctor, Ryan’s condition is consistent with a very mild case of Viral Myositis - a very common diagnosis associated with viral infection. I definitely learn something new from this episode. I later had a chat with Ryan’s class teacher and she shared she did hear the same symptoms from other parents. Well, so I guess it’s not quite a rare case? I hope so….



Mommy with mask on

@ 1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days

Lil B thought Mommy looked really funny with the mask on that he kept pointing at it…He has seen Kakaks wearing the mask from time to time but with Mommy, it was probably the first. Mommy was down with flu; something which hardly happens for a long time.

Anyway, lil B was playing with the camera and showed great interest to learn how to operate it. So here goes, one of the pics of Mommy taken by lil B (with Mommy’s help of course).


Lil B is definitely showing interest at the camera much earlier than his kor kor….


The alien tooth

About two weeks back I was down with the common cold symptoms. So I went to the GP in our neighborhood.

I sat down and explained to the doc of my symptoms which included sore throat, body ache, coughing and running nose (typical package). She did the usual examination on me. Nothing interesting until she asked me to open my mouth so she could use the tongue depressor to check on my throat.

Me: (mouth wide open)

Doc: Oh! (she had this very shocked and surprised look)

Me: What happened doc?

Doc: Erm.. see again

Me: (Open my mouth wide so she could examine)

Doc: You have an extra tooth

Me: (Puzzled) Extra tooth? Where?

Doc: On the right side (Period)

After she commented on the extra tooth, I saw her scribbling notes on my card and she contionued to tell me what meds she was going to prescribed. Well, since she did not elaborate further and I did not pursue. At the back of my mind, I thought maybe she meant extra wisdom tooth? For some reason, I couldn’t be bothered to pursue. I just want to get my meds and get out of there.

I went home and totally fogotten about it until late afternoon when my curiousity striked. I opened my mouth and took a good look at the vanity mirror.











not for the faint hearted


So, yea… I had the ‘extra tooth’ inside my throat. It turned out I had a shock myself as I wasn’t expecting to see a tooth like thing inside my throat which I’m very sure it wasn’t there before. I tried touching it with my finger and it is hard. Many things ran through my mind. Could it really be an extra tooth? Do I need to see the dentist? What if it’s cancerous, and what not?

Much later, I decided to show Ryan my so called extra tooth which we eventually call it ‘alien tooth’. He was very upset. I told him I’m sick thus the alien tooth. :P

Later that night after the kids dozed off, I decided to become my own doctor. I googled based on my own findings and after a few clicks here and there, I found an answer to it.

It’s a thing call Tonsil Stone (aka Tonsillolith). I have no idea what it is, neither I had even heard of it. Anyway, at least it says it’s common.

So this unknowledgeable doctor had unknowingly caused me umpteen stress in the last 12 hours at least. No treatment is needed while antibiotics would usually help. Since I am on antibiotics for my sore throat and phlegm, I decided to leave the alien alone for a few days.

On the 3rd day of antibiotics, little alien tooth is gone. I think I may have swallowed it. Whatever it is… no more alien tooth. Yay!



Lil B’s allergy to suppository

@ 1 year 2 months 4 weeks 2 days

This happened back in November 2010 (he was 10 months then) when both Ryan and subsequently Lil B were down with Herpangina (viral mouth ulcers). Being older, it was easier to manage Ryan. Lil B was a handful then. Not to mention his allergy of suppository made the situation even more tense especially when his fever spiked up to 39.6C.

Unable to take on suppository, paed’s advise was for us to feed Paracetamol and Nurofen alternately at the interval of 4 hours. Coupled with continuous sponging, we managed to get lil B’s fever under control. My poor baby……….I still remeber I had to syringe fed him milk for like 3 -4 days.

****This is a reminder never to adminiter SUPPOSITORY to lil B****









The day Lil B was hospitalised

@ 1 year 2 months 1 day

It took me more than a year to have the courage to get this post up. It wasn’t until I was spring cleaning the pictures on my database that I saw those pictures that shattered my heart even till this date. It’s still very heart wrenching looking at them.

On the 12 Mac 2010, lil B woke up with a slight fever. He had been fussing throughout the night before and refused to be nursed but other than that he was all fine. So I didn’t suspect anything unusual.

After Daddy and Ryan left for work and school respectively, I noticed lil B’s face was a little flushed. I touched his forehead and it does feel a little warm. So I whipped out the thermometer and true enough he spotted a temperature of 38.1C. I went balistic and quickly whisked him off to the paed (Dr Yek). Dr examined Darren and told me he seemed fine. Perhaps he had gotten the flu bug somewhere. I was very worried as I heard babies below 2 months don’t get a fever. Despite Dr Yek’s assurance that  even babies as young as 1 month can get a fever, I was skeptical. Who wouldn’t especially after what lil B had been through when he was born, I was worried. I really couldn’t take any risk. I could really faint any minute then.

I brought lil B home and fed him paracetomal. I sms-ed lil B’s other paed (let’s call him Dr I) at Gleneagles. He had given me his phone number and asked me to sms him should I have any issues handling ‘special baby’ – ie babies who required hospitalisation upon birth. So I texted him and told him we won’t be dropping in the next day for lil B’s schedule vaccination. He replied and asked me to pop by immediately as babies below 2 months don’t get fever.

Needless to say, I drove like a mad woman (no, wasn’t speeding but mind was sure clouded by all the what ‘if’s) and reached his clinic around 3pm. Hubby took time off and we went to see Dr I together. Lil B was stripped naked and a thermometer was shoved under his arm for measurement. He had no fever. But this Dr I somehow managed to convince us we need to admit lil B for observation bla bla bla… He told us he will run some tests to make sure baby’s okay. We agreed. How STUPID we were for agreeing to admit a baby who had no fever and perfectly fine to a series of torture. Don’t get me wrong. Dr I is a good doctor but overly cautious. He want to be 100000000000 % sure baby’s fine. No amount of test is too many for him.

So there we were. Admitted lil B to Gleneagles on the 12 Mac 2010 (Friday). We went to the E&A to have an IV line inserted into lil B’s tiny hand (vein). Broke my heart when I hear his cries. Dem Dem them!



Mac10 - He was all fine but he does have a slight fever 37.9C around 5pm the day he was admitted. Dr I convinced us to start antibiotic as he suspect it could be infant meningitis which the symptoms are not easily visible. We agreed. With that agreement, meaning he has to stay in the hospital for at least 5 days to complete the course.



Sobs sobs...






By the 3rd day, we asked for home leave. Hate the hospital, hate the smell, hate the sight of doctors and nurses. The anitibiotics... It took an hour each time to complete.



I know.. you're asking mommy why the heck you're in a hospital when you're all fine. Mommy and Daddy were so foolish to listen to the doctor. We should have monitor instead of agreeing to the antibiotics course.:(



Eventhough on home leave, I stayed in the hospital from 9am to about 10pm everyday so lil B could complete 3 doses of antibiotics aday. Siow rite. Flushing a lil baby



On the 4th day, they had to insert a new line. Unfortunately they (the nurses, about 3 of them) can’t seem to find a vein on lil B's other hand (don’t ask me how many tries they attempted). After many failed attempts by the nurses, they got a doc to insert the line on his leg. Why can't they just get a doctor at the first place. He's a tiny baby for haven's sake!


On the 6th day, everyone’s patience were running thin. I let it out numerous times on the doc. I just could not hold it. I asked for his expert advise but he refused to give me a satisfactory answer. He said he can’t be sure when I asked him “DO YOU THINK BABY’S SICK BY JUDGING FROM YOUR OBSERVATION AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION? DO YOU THINK BABY’S SICK WHEN HIS TESTS ALL CAME OUT NEGATIVE? DO YOU THINK BABY NEED TO STAY ON 10 DAYS ANTIBIOTICS WHEN HE’S PERFECTLY FINE?” He can’t provide me with a definite answer. Scardy cat doctor? Maybe. He’s such a chicken. Maybe he’s worried I’ll sue him for his wrong diagnosis.

That night hubby and I made the most important decision for lil B. We have decided to go against the doctor and will have him discharged by tomorrow (7th day). Prior discharge, the doc came in to check on the baby for one last time in the morning. Despite baby looking all good and cheery, he gave me the look that I’m making such a big mistake in my life for discharging baby. And guess what, he summonded for baby to take one last ‘salt’ test just to make sure. Apparently in lil B had a slightly higher salt level in the body. When I asked him if it’s really necessary and if it’s life threatening for salt level to be high. He said NO but insisted better to have a clean bill prior discharge. Fine. We agreed and lil B cried for one last time in the Children’s Ward.


We paid the hefty bill, no insurance btw (about RM7000 for 2 nights’ stay + 5 days of home leave, medication etc. Well, to be fair to the doc, his fees were only about 15% of the total bill paid. So I guess he truly wants the best for baby but I totally disagree with the way he function. As a doc, he could really offer more rather than succumbing baby to all the tests in the world)

A year after the incident, I’m glad baby is one healthy baby. He’s rarely sick. probably caught some minor flu big here and there from the brother but nothing biggie and he’s all good. So did we make the right decision then to discharge him on the 7th day? Mmm.. yes and no. No because we should have asked for discharge on the 5th day!



My precious baby who loves medicine to bits (unlike kor kor). No, he wasn't drinking medicine there. It was water in the syringe.



My two boys. Please grow up strong and healthy. We love you both to bits and pieces.

One very difficult post to write indeed….