Monday, May 21, 2007

Longest silence…tough days

My last posting was on Friday, May 11, 2007 – more than one week ago!
Last week was one of my most hectic weeks. I survived! Yippee! I have so much that I want to share but just not sure where to start…

On Friday, 18 May 2007 morning, Seng Chor left for Bandung, Indonesia for his company trip. So, my sister and I sent Jordan to the babysitter. Poor Jordan. He was down with fever – around 38 degrees Celsius. To cool him down, I used a wet towel to dap on his forehead. He looked at me in a funny way, and removed the towel. Later, I gave him Paracetamol. I said a prayer first before giving him the medicine. It was the first time I had to feed him medicine on my own, without Seng Chor. Thankfully, he swallowed the pink liquid without any struggle.

In the evening, I asked Aunty Sue to go with me to pick up Jordan. Rachelle came along too. Jordan was still feverish. He has taken the medicine twice during the day. As usual, he played with his toys and watched VCD. Around 11 pm, he got restless. He was trying to sleep but couldn’t – whining, turning and toasting on the bed. Eventually, I called Aunty Sue for help. She came over – it was about 11:30 pm. We took Jordan for a ride around Taman Tun. Occasionally, he got up and talked to Aunty Sue. After about 15 minutes or so, we decided to keep quiet. He finally slept in the car. We reached home about 1 hour later. He was still sleeping when I placed him on the bed. He did get up for awhile – whined a bit, and went back to sleep again. He woke up before 8 am.

I was supposed to work last Saturday, but Jordan was still not well. So, my sister and I took him to the doctor. We waited for the doctor for almost an hour – he was an hour late! I nearly wanted to give up waiting as Jordan was getting restless. The doctor checked his lungs, ear and throat. No infection – just a viral fever. He gave Paracetamol – orange colour. The 5 minute procedure and medicine cost us RM 64. Cost of treatment for children is super expensive indeed!

At home, the only thing to pacify him was his VCD – some nursery rhymes and learning songs. He had his milk in the morning. For lunch, he ate only 2 biscuits. But thank God that he drank quite a lot of water. Around 2:30 pm, he was uncontrollable. I almost broke down. I called Selvi. She came over immediately. We took him for a ride. He cried non stop during the car ride. Tough! We returned home. We tried a few things – water, milk, carry – all rejected. Finally, we turned on his favourite VCD and he calmed down. Phew! He watched his VCDs practically the whole Saturday – day and night, upstairs and downstairs. He didn’t sleep in the afternoon. He ate half a bowl of Nestle fish porridge for dinner, then slept around 9 pm. He woke up at about 12 midnight. We went down to watch how Manchester United lost to Chelsea. How sad! He continued to watch his VCD after that but got restless at 3 am. I called Alex to take him for a ride. Eva also joined us. So, 3 of us and a toddler left the house at 3 am in the morning. Once we left the house, he fell asleep almost immediately in the car. Alex drove along the LDP. We turned back just before we reached the toll at Sunway. He slept until 8 am.

On Sunday, we missed church. Initially, the fever seemed to have left him. After awhile, he was feverish again. He didn’t want to drink his milk at all. Just drank water. He ate 3 pieces of rice crackers, some raisins, and watched his VCD again. At 11 pm, he got restless and wanted to sleep. He slept until Seng Chor came back at 3 pm. What a long nap! I thought he would be really hungry, but he had poor appetite due to the fever. He just ate a bit of porridge which I cooked for him earlier on. Later, Seng Chor and I took him for a ride and he fell asleep in the car.

He seemed better in the evening and played with his toys. He still wanted to watch his VCD. For dinner, he ate about half a bowl of porridge. At least, he drank his milk – evening and night. He slept after 10 pm and woke up at 6 am this morning. He was restless again after drinking his milk. I had to carry and soothe him for about 10-15 minutes. On and off, he whined. Last resort – Seng Chor said, “Turn on the VCD”. I willingly obliged and let him watch. He quiet down immediately. After finishing one (about 20 minutes), I changed to a different VCD. He watched until he fell asleep. He was still sleeping when I carried him to the car.

That was my weekend of terror.
Lessons learned:

1) Don’t scream at him. It will just make things worse.
2) If all things fail, take him for a ride or turn on his VCD.

Bad lesson:

To allow him to watch VCD almost non stop. We really need to control his watching habit. Sigh!

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