It won’t sound like a good year for my husband if I tell you that we celebrate his 25th birthday in a hospital.
Or Isa celebrating his reaching 4-month-old milestone being warded.
Isa body temperature soared by the time I reached home on Tuesday, and we had no choice but to rush him to A&E of a private hospital nearby, where he was born. It reached 40.1 degree Celsius when the nurse ran a check-up on him, and suggested that we went to see a specialist, who happened to be his pediatrician (who was luckily still around at 6.30pm).
I was secretly hoping that Isa would be admitted and warded. I was at my wit’s end figuring what to do with him: his body temperature was up and down, his cold didn’t seem to cease, and his cough was getting chestier each day.
I was helpless.
And the doctor finally said what I wanted to hear (but surprised my husband): I have to have him admitted.
So began my nights spent in the hospital.
Isa was diagnosed with lung infection (pneumonia).
People thought that I would be panda-eyed in no time, but all Praise to God for giving me a son who is easy and pleasant to care – Isa rarely cries or wakes up at night, be it on sick days or healthy days.He continued playing as usual once his temperature went down, to my delight.
But it still hurt me to see him disturbed by his chesty cough at times.
And yes, it pained me to see his little hand being poked to insert the IV drip. But what else could I do? He lost his appetite, and even when he was feeding well, he spat out milk after coughing, which made me worried if he would suffer from dehydration.
Just when I thought he’d be warded for two days only, my sister warned me that antibiotic course normally takes 5 days minimum – and that was actually the case.
We were discharged after 5 days; after rounds of physiotherapy, antibiotic drips, drugs, change of bedsheet and all.
Isa is now getting better, All praise to Him, just a bit of runny nose and coughing – and yesterday – the first day I left him to go to back to work – he managed to finish 17 oz of milk in 9 hours. That is a clear sign that he IS really recovering!