Fever fever go away

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I get worried every time Kaila gets sick. Every parent does. Yesterday, before I went to school, her Dad and I found out that she had a fever… for no reason at all, meaning no colds and minor cough only. It’s one of the hardest things about being a parent. Your child getting sick and you don’t know what to do. I often wish that we have a doctor in the family so every time this happens, I won’t have to worry a lot. (I am a worrier, you know. Melvin’s the opposite, he seems not to worry at all.)

Good thing there’s the Internet, plus my parent friends whom I can ask about these things. Good thing as well that Kaila’s fever’s below 38.5 degrees Celsius, which means it’s just a slight one. But it made me worry still for I had to go to class, my mom’s not home (knowing my mom’s just a few houses away makes everything bearable, you know), and Kaila would be left with her yaya. Melvin’s not so hands-on when it comes to these things but he’s still her Dad and I know he won’t let anything happen to her. But I was really worried.

Thank God for simple home remedies, courtesy of the Internet and pharmacist friend. The friend told me that she usually gives her son plenty of fluids, puts KoolFever in his forehead, and rubs him wet towel to lower the fever. Kaila normally does not want to take medicines when she’s sick, which makes everything more difficult. So I took her advice and instructed her ate to do those things. Internet sources say as long as the fever does not get higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, parents need not worry. Just let the fever takes its course. It’s just a way of the body to fight against infection. But then again, parents always worry. Especially when fever occurs in countries like ours, where there’s a danger of dengue fever and all that.

When I arrived home after school, her fever was a little bit higher so I had to coerce her to take her medicine. I bought a strawberry-flavored paracetamol, for she does not like the taste of the orange-flavored medicine. Then I bought her ice cream too. Another advice that I got from the Internet is that it is alright to give cold water, popsicles, or anything cold to the feverish child for it will help her body cool down. So, with some coercion and a cup of ice cream, getting her to drink her medicine was a success. I had to stay up all night though to monitor her temperature and to frequently cover her body with a light blanket to avoid chills. The air conditioning was on so I had to check her every time, whether she feels cold, or if she’s still covered with blanket. I also learned from the Internet that it is not advisable to cover the child with thick clothes when she has a fever. Just dress her in light clothing unless she experiences chills. In fact, giving a bath with lukewarm water is also recommended. When we were growing up as kids, my grandmother would not let us take a bath when we were sick. My mom would let us drink paracetamol and after that, covered us with thick blanket so we would sweat and our body temperature would go down. Doctors these days actually advice otherwise. Accordingly, the sweat glands will be able to release more moisture when the body is exposed. Moreover, sweating will not help break the fever. So much to learn, right?

This morning, Kaila woke up without a fever at all. Thank God. Hope she continues to get better. Siguro e lagnat laki lang ‘to, sabi nga ng matatanda. And I wish her pedia-pulmo would come back sooner. Dra. Vina had a one-month vacation abroad at ang tagal nya bumalik.

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Thank God the surgery went well

Woke up early today for Melvin’s achilles tendon surgery. He was scheduled for a 6 am surgery so we had to wake up early to prep him before the operation. At 5:35 am, we went down to the OR, where we met his anaesthesiologist, who explained that he would be “mildly” asleep during the procedure, that he would not feel anything on his lower body for around 6 hours after the surgery, and that he should not move around after. Melvin and I talked for awhile, I calming him so that he won’t get nervous. It was his first (hopefully the last) operation so I had to comfort him, though he said he was not nervous at all. When his ortho-surgeon came, he tapped Melvin on his right leg and then I went to the waiting area while they brought him to OR 1. I waited for around 10 minutes before I went back to our room to grab some sleep and wait. It’s harder to wait in that area near the OR so I chose to go upstairs. Anyway the operation would take about an hour or so, said the doctor. The doctor also said I better get upstairs to rest, the operation won’t start until an hour, and that they would just call me if I’d be needed.

Upstairs, I immediately turned on the TV so I won’t worry much, said a prayer, took my breakfast, watched Etc and then fall asleep. Woke up in time for AI replay, and waited. 9:45 am, the nurse called me, I was met by the ortho-surgeon, he showed me the pics of Melvin’s torn tendon, which he described as punit na punit . Then I saw Melvin in the recovery room, the doctor even had him waive to me.

So I am back now in our room, just waiting for Melvin tp be brought up here. Thank you God the surgery was successful. Thank you God that Melvin is safe.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Here at the hospital with Melvin. He is to undergo operation to repair his Achilles tendon, which ruptured yesterday while playing basketball. The tendon is the strongest tendon in the body and is located at the back part of the lower legs to the calf. Injuries of this kind are common to those who are active in sports.

Melvin just went home for a four-day vacation and this happened. I don’t know what to think. I know everything happens for a reason and I’ve been wondering since last night the reason for this. Maybe it’s better this way for this might have happened in SG and it would cost a lot more expensive. Maybe it’s a way of reminding us to take care of our body since we’re not getting any younger. Maybe it just happens. I don’t know. Melvin said he’s saf. He’s about to go offshore next month and God knows we’ve been waiting for this for a long long time. It will give us enough to build our house. It will allow us to fully pay Georgia.

O God. I am not in the right place to question what’s happening. All I know is that everything happens for a reason. And I do believe that there are better plans if ever. And so I lift everything to You. Whatever the doctor aays, whatever happens, I trust you Lord my God. Just take care of Melvin please.