40°

It has been a complete whirlwind since we returned from Perth as we had so much to settle; house reno, furniture, white goods etc. Plus one of my oldest friends got married last weekend and I was one of her bridesmaids. She looked absolutely gorgeous & Im so happy she has finally tied the knot!

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It was a very intense weekend and no doubt, E was v excited but also v tired.

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Thus when he woke up crying at 5am with a 40° fever the next day, I naturally thought it was because we had been out too long previously and we had overstretched him. We gave him paracetomol and fully expected the fever to come down in a few hours but it didnt. Since we still had a wedding lunch to attend, we dropped him off at my parents’ & trusted that with more rest and meds, he shld be ok soon. Afterall he’s rarely sick and his post-vaccines fever usually only lasted lesd than a day.

This time however went on for 4 days! I went to see a GP on Monday (day 2) who said it might be viral but if the 40° fever persisted till Wed, we shld return & do a dengue test. The next 2 days was spent cuddling E most of the time cause he mostly refused to be put down & had zero interest in playing or anything.

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Gd thing there were pockets that he allowed himself to be put on his sofa bed (so glad I lugged it back fr Perth) which allowed me some shut eye.

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And of course thk God for the gramps who served as human beds too.

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On Wed 5am, E woke up crying in discomfort (following disturbed sleep for the past 3 nights anyway) and I decided to call SGH to ask if I shld send E there or to KKH since all children emergencies will eventually be directed to KKH anyway. His pedi returned my call at 8am & suggested watching out for one more day as he didnt hv a clinic tt morning & E didnt hv other symptoms like vomitting.

By 3pm of that Wed though, his fever wldnt quench and he looked so miserable tt my mum said we shld just go KKH & so off we went.

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Although the blood test showed it was a viral fever, the pee test showed it was actually UTI!!! No wonder the fever wldnt go away & no wonder we cldnt detect the source of the infection. The next part was the most challenging — catching his midstream pee so that they cld grow cultures and check if the antibiotics given wld be resistant to his specific bug. Midstream pee for a baby?!! I asked for a temp bed and so there began our “exercise”.

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We tried to keep him lying flat and since I brought no toys, I eventually succumbed & let him watch videos on my mum’s phone as my dad whistled and I tried to coax him to pee.

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After 40 mins, success!

Since then, E has been on antibiotics and regaining his happy active demeanor bit by bit. Such a joy to see him smile after so many days.

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