28June2012 was supposed to be a fun and happy birthday for my little baby, but just when you least expect it, the viruses strike and my poor baby falls sick.
For the first time in her life, my poor baby gets a high fever which escalated all the way to 39.9 degrees celcius. She was also coughing quite badly and could not sleep well, moaning as she slept and waking up crying every few minutes. A friend recommended us to give a call to Kids Net Paedetric Support and after talking to the doctor about her symptoms, he recommended we take Kyo to a hospital immediately in case she has a chest infection.
So at 12 midnight, after a day of sponging her and breast feeding her, we headed to the Bankstown public hospital.
Although there were alot of people waiting in the queue, after we gave the reception our passports and filled out a registration form for emergency consultation, we waited less than 10minutes before a nurse started attending to us - taking Kyo's weight, temperature and taking us into the emergency ward where there was a bed ready for us in the child ward. There we waited for the doctor whilst the nurse gave us clothes to change Kyo into and also tried to set up the measure for her heart rate and pulse.
Her heart rate was close to 200 at one point. Apparently it should only be up till 170 for a 1 year old, so it was quite distressing to see her so agitated. After giving her some paracetemol through the mouth and rectum, her fever came down and her heart rate stabilized, and she was finally able to drift into a restful sleep after breastfeeding whilst we waited for the doctor to come.
When the doctor finally came, she was very thorough in her checks and even recommended us to take an xray just to make sure there was nothing wrong with her chest area (as Kyo has been having a cough for over a month, even when we were in Singapore). We also gave them her stool sample and urine sample to double check for any anomalies. By 4am, Kyo's fever had gone down and stabilized around 38 degrees range, and her heart rate had also stabilized and slowed to the normal range. We were allowed to be discharged, but just before we left, it was so funny how no one knew how much to charge us and we had to go back to the reception to enquire on payment. We could have just left without paying (and they might have sent us the bill by post eventually) but we wanted to claim against our travel insurance so decided to be honest & pay up before we left. The total bill came up to AUD230 (115 for afterhours consultation and another 115 for the xray). We headed home, 2 groggy adults and 1 baby who had finally stopped groaning and fell asleep.
There was no cake and no celebration for my baby for her first birthday. As much as I had hoped she would enjoy herself, she ended up feeling physically terrible. I am still feeling guilty for having subjected her to this unnecessary suffering.
Luckily, my baby is feeling much better this week and hopefully she will enjoy herself much more this weekend as we head to the zoo together. And when she gets her appetite back, I'll bake her that belated birthday cake, with chocolate and extra sprinkles!
Happy Birthday Kyo! And Mummy's so sorry you had to suffer like this... But I love you so so much and will always be by your side, for better or for worse.