Friday, 17 July 2015

Full Blast

TeamHernandez was looking forward to another long weekend this July because it meant longer bonding time with our little bedspace-invader, Baby Charley. However, when I came home Wednesday afternoon, my roommate (my husband, btw) had this worried look in his face, and I could feel it: something was wrong with Charley. She had been pooping lots, as in lots, so we immediately informed her pedia, Dra Pam Caedo of Makati Medical, who advised us to give Erceflora (good bacteria) and Pedialyte so that she wouldn't be dehydrated.

her meds in full blast 
Wednesday night was a terrible night for Baby Charley since she had been tossing and turning (and pooping) every 30 minutes. On that night alone, she had 15+ poops! *faints* It was also terrible for Boss Ayat and me since we couldn't sleep well, and we needed to make sure that we clean her well after every episode. She would wake up and poop and cry because she knew it would be wash time again. Because of her severe diarrhea (thank heavens she was not vomiting!) she developed a full blast diaper rash. It pained us to hear her cry and look at her, but we couldn't do anything but to soothe her and pray that she would get well.

while waiting for our lab results 
Early Thursday morning, we rushed to Makati Medical Center because Charley needed immediate medical attention. We showed Dra Caedo a list of her episodes, temperature, and actions we took (yes, you could say I'm a pretty OC on all things). After requesting for a stool analysis, she gave us medicine requests in full blast (yup, exact words of Dra Caedo ^_^) since Baby Charley's temperature was 38.1 C. Good thing Baby Charley was still properly dehydrated after all those poops. The scary part of that day was that if Baby Charley's condition wouldn't improve soon, Dra Caedo would require her to be admitted at MMC already. *double faint* She would then see us Friday, despite it being a holiday (Thank you, Dra Caedo!) to check for any improvement.

That was a terrible, terrible news for us. We couldn't bear to look at Charley pooping and crying all the time, and it would be worse to see her on IV plus Makati Med is super pang-maharlika.  I was pretty sure I would take it worse. We then bought all the required medicines at the pharmacy at the ground floor. Thanks to their new online system, we didn't have to line up, and we also get discount. Ask your doctor's secretary about it.

Medicines and prayers were on full blast that Thursday night because Baby Charley had to take antibiotics twice and E-Zinc drops, Erceflora, Hidrasec, and Tempra (when her temperature rose) once daily; and we had to give all of these that very same night. Thankfully, Baby Charley took them all with less fights and still drank her milk regularly. For the mean time, though, she needed to drink NAN AL 110 Lactose free for easy digestion. We were also prescribed with Zinc Oxide + Calamine Ointment for her diaper rash, and it did help a lot.

sorry baby, no milk shake for you
When Baby Charley fell asleep at her usual 6pm schedule, my roommate and I fell asleep, too. We were all tired from everything. It was a long day for us (since I also went to see a doctor myself), and all of our energies were drained. Thankfully, Baby Charley only woke up and pooped once at 4:45am (Friday), but since her temperature was 37.9C, we gave her Tempra and Koolfever right away, and immediately her temperature lowered.

There were fewer people in Makati Med today since this Friday was declared a non-working holiday to celebrate a Muslim feast. Dra Caedo was only one the very few doctors whose clinics were open at least until 12 noon. It was then a moment of truth for us since we would know whether Baby Charley would be admitted or not. Again, prayers were in full blast and so was Baby Charley's energy; she was Kapitana mode, a term we have given her when she's being Ms Congeniality and noisy talkative self).

Baby Charley had normal temperature, didn't show signs of dehydration, and had only pooped twice before our visit to the clinic. Moreover, her stool analysis didn't show any traces of amoeba, so she wouldn't be confined anymore! Yay! It was really such a relief for all of us (Dra Caedo, secretary, and us included) because we really wanted to bring her home with us after the check-up. Baby Charley, though, still needed to finish all of her prescribed medicines plus her usual vitamins. But she's going home and that's such a wonderful news!

When we got home (super happy really!), we were hoping Baby Charley would rest and make bawi all of her used energies, but no. She went crawling and climbing, and pushing the chair, and squealing, and tapping on the walls and tables, and playing with the baby from the other unit. She would still fight with us during medicine time and roll over during nappy changing time, but this time, my roommate and I were feeling much better.
sick baby no more

It was such long two days for our household, and we have never felt so blessed. We were blessed with wonderful loving family and friends who prayed with us and helped us go through this ordeal especially Dra Caedo who answered our texts late at night and accommodated us even during a holiday. We were also blessed with random strangers and MMC guards who gave us priority in the Taxi Lane so we could go home already, with patient crew in Pancake House and Bacolod Chicken Inasal who were patient with our screaming baby, with the cleaning staff of MMC who allowed us to the CR together as we changed Baby Charley's diaper, with the MMC nurses and staff who were very patient with us and Baby Charley, and with strangers who also tried to soothe Baby Charley when she was crying because of the pain. Really,we have never been so blessed, and that was our realization today:when bad things went full blast, so would God's blessings. Amen

Our prayers for Baby Charley's full recovery are still in full blast and so is the gratefulness in our hearts for God's abundant blessings He bestows to our family.ΓΌ

Check for signs of baby dehydration here.

Here are the medicines prescribed to Baby Charley and the prices for your reference:

  • Triocef (Cefixime Trihydrate) - Antibacterial; antibiotics; 2x daily at 1.6ml for 7 days; you can ask the pharmacist to prepare the suspension for you -->; 449
  • e-Zinc (Zinc Sulfate) - 1 ml once daily -->; 77.75 
  • Hidrasec (Racecadotril) - antidiarrheal; to be mixed with 5ml of water; once daily -->; 38.75/sachet 
  • Erceflora (Bacillus clausii) - antidiarrheal of microbial origin - one vial daily for 10 days -->; 33.00/vial 
  • Calmoseptine (Zinc oxide + Calamine) - for diaper rash and other forms of skin irritations -->; 36.00/sachet 
  • koolfever for babies - for fever -->; 51.00/
  • Nan AL 110 - lactose-free; temporary milk -->; 483.00 
  • Stool Analysis @ Makati Med --> 275.00

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