Archive for March, 2011

The Deadly Stomach Flu

March 23, 2011

So not only did it hit Calvin, both me and Johnny are down with it as well. The good news is little Calvin seems to have recovered. I, on the other hand, threw up dinner yesterday and went to bed with nothing more than 2 measly pieces of biscuit because that’s all my stomach would take. Not having enough rest is definitely deadly to the body. After carrying him up and down the stairs for the umpteenth time yesterday, I was breaking out in sweat every time from sheer exhaustion. I mean it had to wait till Johnny was in reservist and is unable to come back when all these things strike…Talk about luck.

I’m a lot better after turning in early yesterday and taking a good nap in the morning. But my appetite could still do with some improvement. To think that kids on average get stomach flu 2 times a year and coughs/colds 12 times…. I’m not sure how I’m gonna cope with that if I were all by myself. Hopefully if I can stay home with him, he will be sick less often. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

On the other hand, I definitely see how a good insurance plan for kids is really worthwhile. Especially after the 4hr and 2 hr wait at KKH a&e this week. There were just so many kids!

Another Trip to KKH

March 21, 2011

The poor little guy is sick again. Just as I thought he has finally recovered from his almost 2 month-long sniffling episode, he seemed to have caught stomach flu. Yesterday, he didn’t manage to hold in any of his food and he had a bit of diarrhoea. In the evening, we decided to bring him to the a&e at KKH after he threw up his dinner and milk. Even then, he didn’t have a fever but he’s definitely showing signs of dehydration.

I guess many parents were in the same situation as us. The a&e was packed when we got there. In fact, it was getting increasing crowded. We arrived at 8pm, by the time we saw the doctor, it was almost 11pm. Calvin was given medication to stop the vomiting and we were asked to give him small amounts of glucose water every 15 mins for one hour and observe if he continues to vomit.  He seemed ok, though tired so we were told to go home and give him more glucose water to hydrate him. He really doesn’t like the taste though so I’ve been having trouble getting him to drink it all of today.

He’s still pretty weak today, spending most of the day asleep which is understandable since he slept only at 12:30am last night. He still has diarrhea though and his appetite is not good. His lethargy is making me worried. It’s really tough to be parents when you have to watch your kids suffer so. One of the biggest reasons why I don’t mind being a stay-at-home-mom is that I can take better care of him and he will hopefully not fall sick as much. It’s pretty bad when he’s feeling all weak and in pain but he can’t even tell us about it. I try to give in to him and carry him around more but honestly, I’m just pretty weak physically. Having to go with little sleep is also threatening to put me down with some illness as well though I’m consciously putting in the effort to maintain my health.




My Tottering Penguin

March 16, 2011

031211_02He’s still not walking yet but I’m sure he’s now seeing walking as a good tool of transportation (after being carried and rushed around of course). Over the weekend, he started to pull himself up on his little wooden wagon and can walk around all by himself. He was giggling to himself the first time he showed me as he charged towards me on his wagon. Previously when he walked with it, we were always right behind him and trying to slow the pace in case he slips and fall flat on his face or worse… The funny thing is watching him waddle around like a penguin and grinning from ear to ear at the same time (him, not us)

He’s been talking a lot and using his own baby words consistently. Now if only we can figure out what he’s trying to say. Sometimes I vacillate between worrying about him and feeling reassured. I guess this is the point where I feel a little relieved. I’m having a bet with his dad about when he’s finally going to start walking. I’m betting o end May while J is saying second half of April. We’ll see how that goes. At least now, he doesn’t mind his little Pediped shoes anymore. And it seems like he’ll outgrow them soon. Ouch, baby shoes are definitely painful to the pocket, especially considering how often they have to change them. The leather ones easily cost a cool $60 from retail stores though I bought the current ones from overseas for a good discount.

With the likelihood of going overseas, I’m starting to seriously think about how to cut our expenses especially when we are there. His stipend will likely only cover rent and our health insurance so the rest of the living expenses will have to come out of our savings. At least we’re not going into debt over this. Anyway, we’ll know for sure in one month’s time but it looks like we’ll be having our little adventure soon.