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!

 

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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.

 

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Sobs sobs...

 

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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.

 

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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.:(

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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

 

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

 
One very difficult post to write indeed….

Ryan’s latest craze

@ 4 years 11 months 6 days

Lately this little boy of mine is into cycling. Since he has outgrown his 2 years old bike which we bought for him from Kiddy Palace (SIN), we bought him a new one from Carrefour 2 weeks ago after his swimming lesson. The bike cost us RM295.00. I didn’t know kiddy’s bike is so expensive nowadays. Anyway, his wish is his Daddy’s command. So a bike he got… Btw, he chose the color (yellow).

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That’s my boy. Showing off his new bike and his new watch (we got him a watch so he’ll be more aware of the time/schedule). He wore the watch day and night 24/7, even to sleep. 2 weeks later, the watch is sitting at a corner. When I asked him how come he’s not wearing his watch anymore, he said “so that we don’t waste water and soap washing it if it’s dirty“. >-o-o< So his evening routine now includes cycling and lately he’s added badminton into his favourite sports now especially after I bought him 2 new rackets recently. ((he will cycle/plays the badminton with YehYeh/Kakak, while Lil B and I go for our evening stroll). The rackets are actually gifts for his achievement in completing “A card” level @ BaoBei. Each level has about 80 – 100 chinese words (He knows more Mandarin words than his parents). He’s finally into “B card” now. I bought the rackets at a discounted RM5.90 each from Mydin. Good buy eh.. I don’t feel a slight heartache at all when I see him drag or drop the racket on the floor. Hehehe….

Darren’s first hair cut

@ 1 year 2 months

I brought Lil B for his first maiden haircut last Saturday, 19 Mac 11. It was long overdue and guess what. We survived. Phew….

Check out Lil B before… His hair was messy and evidently unkept. Very ugly. :P

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Very ugly look…

Lil B cried badly during the first 5 minutes. We tried distracting him with toys but to no avail. He was inconsolable. In the end, we tried this…

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and guess what….. it works! My baby is such a foodie. We managed to keep him occupied by munching on his fave biscuits and he only fussed a little here and there. Phew. Ryan had his first haircut when he was 16 months (just before we went to Singapore and it was a bliss experience too).

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No.. those were not his teeth. Those were the puffs / biscuits in his mouth. :D

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Terra…. my handsome boy… RM12 only. Money well spent.

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Pic taken @ Grandmama’s Pavillion. he’s pretty good at self feeding now.

Singapore Trip Part 2

cont from here.

After spending 3 nights in the apartment, we checked into Festive Hotel for a night’s stay. The hotel’s loft bed was the main reason why we chose it as opposed to Hard Rock which received more positive reviews.  Ryan has been bugging us to get him a double deck bed but knowing him, it’s just another one of his short stint desires. So the hotel’s loft bed was perfect to give him a taste of it.

 

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Checked into the room around noon time. Finding a parking in the hotel was torturous. They really need to buck up to imrpove the signage. We ended up with the valet parking.

 

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We requested a pool / theme park view. Not bad.

 

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My helper ended up sleeping on the loft bed. The steps were very steep and I personally don't think it's suitable for young kids. Ryan refused to sleep there at night. He even cried when we 'forced' him to climb up the steps. Anyway, just before we checked out, he proudly announced and showed us he was able to go up the bed all by himself. But when we asked him if he still want a double deck bed? Well, no prize for guessing it right, :P

 

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The first highlight we bumped into not long after we entered the park. Ryan bite his tongue and took a pic with the scary monster (that’s what he called Mr Frankenstein)

 

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Lil B fascinated by the weird looking ‘duck’. lol

 

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Daddy and Ryan went for this ride while Loida, me and Darren waited for them outside. We waited for more than 30 minutes inside their gift shop. Darren fell asleep in the sleep. Power nap. He was re-energised and able to stay awake for the remaining of our walk.

 

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I had a shock when I saw how drenched they were after the hydraulic ride above. Daddy chose not to buy the rain coat as he said that defeat the purpose of the ride. Nah…. men! He ended up forking out $14 for a new shirt for Ryan.

 

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Another highlight at the Universal Studio Singapore – Waterworld

 

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Again, Daddy chose to seat at the ‘wet area’. Lil B and I decided to move to the back row. But luckily the rangers were wise enough to not ‘target’ the kids. Phew..

 

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The world tallest duelling roller coaster closed for renovation.

 

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Kungfu Panda! Ryan spotting a new shirt here.

 

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No kids would miss this shop

 

 

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Ryan asked us me to take a pic of him with the M&M’s figurines. Yes, he did buy a M&M plush toy too. His favourite used to be the M&M (biscuits – blue packaging and choco – brown packaging). But few weeks ago, he had his first bite of M&M peanuts and he proclaimed ‘I LOVE IT’.

 

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Night view from our room. Not bad…

 

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In order for Didi to have a peaceful nap, we dragged Ryan out to wander around the area

 

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Daddy said this pic is another classic highlighting how much they both look alike. Cish…

 

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At the hotel entrance waiting for the valet to come back with our car

 

 

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Silly boy. He cried because I put Didi on his car seat first. Somehow he has this idea if he gets in first, he has more time to play with Didi without mommy ‘complaining’ in the middle seat.

 

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That’s my boy. He cry easily but stops effortlessly too. All he ask for is ‘Mommy, I want you to sayang’.

 

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Lil B oblivious to his kor kor’s antics

We were in Singapore, twice.

*backdated

Ryan @ 4 years 10 months 5 days

Lil B @ 1 year 4 weeks 2 days

Our trip to Singapore inconjunction with Lil B’s birthday had been pre planned 2 months ahead. However, sometime in early January when hubs was informed of his 5 days training in Singapore, we decided to tag along.

Trip 1: 11 – 15th January 2011 (Tuesday – Saturday)

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Daddy had gone for his training a day earlier than us. All four of us (Two kids, Loida and myself) boarded Tiger Airways to Singapore.

 

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First time on a plane. He was manageable on our way to Singapore as he wasn't too sleepy. Alas, on our way back to KL, he was extremely cranky prior take off. After the plane took off, we brought him to the pantry area and managed to get him to nap. Phew...

 

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Always an effort to get them to cooperate for a decent pic.

 

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Inconjunction with the Year of Rabbit, there was an exhibition on various types of bunnies and hares. Check out the gigantic size of the hare.

 

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That's my foot. The hare is 5 times longer. Huge!

 

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Lil B, refused to cooperate for picture here

 

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We were at Ryan's usual hang out place, Suntec City. So surreal. Daddy's office was here so we used to come here almost everyday to feed the Kois.

 

Trip 2: 20th – 24th Jan 2011

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This time we came by car. The two kiddos and hubby crashed on the bed (master room) the moment we checked into Thong Sia Apartment (hubby's company apartment). The building, which is located right opposite Paragon is an old building but like any other buildings in Singapore, they are well maintained and as good as new. The unit is newly and tastefully renovated with 3 rooms. Ample space for the kids to roam around. The caretaker told us the unit is now worth S$4 million. I'm not surprised.

 

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Chiling on the sofa.

 

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We went to Marina Bay Sands on the 2nd night. Can you see the 3D effect of a human kneeling on four? We didn't see it then. We only noticed when we were browsing thru the pictures.

 

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At one of our favourite restaurants, Forture near Holland.

 

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We had another simple celebration with Darren on his actual birthdate, 22nd Jan 2011. We bought a simple heart shaped cake for Darren from The Bread Talk.

 

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Father and son occupied by their respective gadget on hand.

 

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One of the rooms in the 3 room apartment. MIL and Loida slept here.

 

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Kitchen. I wouldn't mind staying here for another 3 nights frankly. LOL.

 

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End of Part 1…