Wednesday, February 14, 2018

HFMD, UTI, CNY

Aaaand the little one somehow got HFMD. I'm not sure if he got it from the childcare centre or from the playground at home, but the last couple of days has been a painful replay of the last time. 

With multiple ulcers in his mouth, it's been painful for him to eat or drink. He takes ice and iced water, and thankfully today ate a bit of porridge and bread. He also happily ate some chocolate ice cream, but we really have to watch the cold food intake cos he is also having cough. 

As usual when he is sick, he becomes really clingy and grumpy, and I'm glad I have a supportive team and boss at work that took the initiative to find someone to cover my duties so that I could stay home to look after babyAC. The result of having a little koala cling on to my like I'm the last eucalyptus tree on earth is that I've been holding my pee a lot, and that led to UTI. 

Not a good time. 

And because HFMD is contagious, it's affecting our CNY plans. Namely, we won't be having dinner with the family on the first day of CNY. 

Sigh. But what can we do? 

Just gotta count our little blessings I guess. +3 took the day off to help with taking care of babyAC, which meant that we were together for Valentines' Day. Not that we are the sort to really go out and celebrate it, but it was nice to be together, even if it was to soothe a crying child and (force) feed him his meds. 

Let's hope we get all the sickness and unpleasant stuff out of the way early this year, and that the rest of the year will be a healthier year for all. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dream Speak

I love it when babyAC (not a baby anymore, he's 2!) talks in his sleep. Gives you a glimpse into the things he dreams about.

Just now- Ambulance! White ambulance! .. Probably dreaming about his white ambulance toy car cos he also reached up to grab the air.

And also- Cawfee! Cawfee! Dreaming about drinking coffee? Lol. 

Anyway he's 2 now, omg. Had a celebration in his school and brought a cake (2kg cake from Polar). Was so cute to see all the little kids sit at the table and sing Happy Birthday to him in English, Chinese and Malay. 

Took him to Pororo Park on the weekend and had a blast. Got there early at 10.30am when they opened so it wasn't too crowded, the place started to get packed at about 11.30am onwards. He was so tired that he fell asleep when we reached Marche for lunch, so I carried him while he slept. Thankfully he woke up in time to have some lunch and we headed home.

Had dinner with the grandparents on his actual day. Simple meal that we had delivered, and a small rainbow cake from Prima Deli. Also got him a little red scooter which he is slowly learning to ride. 

I can't imagine life without this chatty, cheeky boy. His appetite is growing, perhaps thanks for the iron supplements that he's been taking. He now loves hard boiled eggs dipped in kecap manis, and has that for breakfast in the mornings. Just saying "eggs" will wake him up and get him toddling out of the room in excitement. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Alphabet Dreams

Tonight while sleeping, babyAC yells out "E! ... Eggs!" 

Friday, January 12, 2018

A New Milestone

We managed to get a spot in a childcare near our home, and babyAC started daycare this week. I was allowed to join in for the first three half-days, to help him get used to the new environment. 

Before starting, there were so many things to prepare. Although there was a trial period and didn't need to buy a school uniform so soon, I decided to do so anyway because the likelihood of us withdrawing him was pretty low. I also had to get stuff I never thought of needing- labels for clothes, stickers for his water bottle, and a wet bag to put his stuff in after showering.
 
Got the necessary items and packed his bag. His grandma bought a cute little ladybug bag for him but after packing it with the stuff he needed, he could barely carry the bag (eeks). So I packed his stuff in a slightly larger backpack and carried it instead. 

Day 1: Got to daycare and the teachers were already expecting him. He cried through the necessary medical checks, but happily traipsed into the play area. There's an allocated space for his shoes, bag and water bottle. 

The boy was naturally curious and was exploring all the new toys while the teacher explained some administrative stuff to me. There were a number of kids (the ones who get there early) who were singing songs and dancing with another teacher. 

He would explore and play, but regularly come to me to hold my hand or sit in my lap. It was a rainy morning, so there were no outdoor activities. He had lunch there (didn't seem like enough eeks) and showered too. Wasn't happy with the shower and struggled throughout. 

Day 2: Explore and play, and the teacher set out some paints and stamps for arts and crafts. He struggled when having the apron put on him, but enjoyed playing with the stamps and paint. The class also went to the community garden and he started to get really clingy instead of holding his classmate or teacher's hand, and kept wanting me to pick him up. His body was feeling rather warm so I had his temperature taken and he was having a fever so we headed back home instead. 

I was hoping it was just teething but... 

Day 3: Outdoor activity for the day was sand play and after that they had some dough play. We took his temp and he had a fever so I had to bring him back. 

The panadol I gave him at home did not seem to kick in and he was still feverish in the afternoon, so I got nurofen. When that didn't seem to kick in, I brought him to the clinic where the doctor said it was probably a viral fever, and that I was managing it the right way. 

So I guess he picked something up from one of his classmates. I didn't bring him to daycare today as he was still having a fever at night, and will probably go on Monday instead. 

All in all, I liked the teachers and the many activities that the little ones get to experience. I've a newfound respect for early childhood educators cos the amount of energy and patience you need to have is incredible. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dreams

Sometimes I wonder what the little one dreams about. Tonight, he suddenly sat up in his sleep and shouted CHEESE!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Before I Write About 2018

I wrote about our Genting Trip but didn't write down what happened after. A quick summary.

Got back from Genting on Monday night (18 Dec) and had taken the next day off (19 Dec) so we could rest a bit, knowing that a road-trip would be quite tiring. We had lunch at Lawry's to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary (3 years! and I'm still madly in love) and then headed to the cinema to catch the latest Star Wars movie.

I was having a bit of a headache, and the 3D glasses made me feel worse, so by the time the movie was done and we were having dinner at Ichiban Sushi, I was feeling so ill I could barely eat. Popped a couple of panadols and went back home to rest.

Took another 2 panadols before heading to bed, but couldn't really sleep. Took my BP measurements and they were high - 185/111. By midnight, my headache was THROBBING and it was worrying that the panadol didn't really seem to kick in. CH suggested I go to a 24 hour clinic or the A&E so I made my way to Raffles Hospital.

At the clinic (or was it A&E), my BP had risen to 194/133 and the doctor ordered some blood tests and a CT scan. My BP kept rising (217/133!) so they had me warded in the ICU. They wanted to observe me so I had an ECG thing stuck and a BP cuff (actually 2 BP cuffs) and a very expensive hospital bill.

Long story short, I was in ICU for 2 nights, and moved to a normal ward for the third night. I had to do CT scans (brain looked ok), and echograms (heart looks ok - a bit thicker than normal but the doctor didn't seem too worried). I was on pain meds and new BP meds and had stabilised before the doctor gave me the OK to be discharged.

I was wondering why I had to do so many heart tests and why they assigned a cardiologist to me, but later read that high blood pressure (hypertension) is a warning of more serious cardiovascular problems. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risks of aneurysm, heart failure, heart attack, kidney damage and stroke. SO THAT'S WHY.

Frankly, knowing I had high BP didn't really worry me all that much till this hospital scare. Cos now it's not a BP issue but one potentially to do with my heart. Ack.

All my tests came out ok so the doctors weren't sure why my BP spiked so high. Which I reckon is quite dangerous because that means my BP could easily spike highly again. Gah.

So 2018 is a year where I really, really need to make lifestyle changes and focus more on getting healthier. Let's work towards that!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Genting Family Holiday

What a week it's been. Quite a few things happened in the past week.

Last Friday, I got off the bus to work and saw a lady crying. She approached me and asked if I could help her be a hair model for her hair exam. Apparently the person she asked didn't show up and if she didn't take the exam she would get sacked from her job. Long story short, I ended up helping her and now have bright red highlights and really damaged hair. Thankfully it's only hair and I'm glad I was in a position to help. (But no, not gonna make it a regular thing).

I also had my first professional supervision session on Friday afternoon, which was very insightful. It's good to be able to talk about your cases and get feedback about how to better approaxh similar situations in the future. It was also reassuring to know that something that was bugging me was out of my control, and to learn to let go of things that I cannot help.

On Saturday, the family headed to Malaysia for our weekend in Genting. I booked a minivan that picked us up from our home, and stopped along the way for breakfast and lunch before dropping us off at our hotel. Immigration was a pain and took such a long time, but once we cleared it and was on our way, the fun began.

First stop for breakfast was Yuan Yean Fishball in Yong Peng. Fishballs were yummy but I'd recommend taking the noodles in soup rather than dry. Next stop was a toilet break midway, then lunch at Chuan Kie Restaurant in Gohtong Jaya. This was a typical Chinese style restaurant, dishes that I liked were the steamed egg and 3 flavour chicken. Their ginger chicken was good too. 

Checked in to the hotel and rested while my brother's kids checked out the pool. Awana Genting has heated pools but we forgot to bring any swimwear. Took the free shuttle bus to the Skyway place which was right next to the premium outlet malls. Had dinner (forgot the name but the hor fun was yum) and walked around the shops for a bit before heading back to the hotel. Note to self: If we ever stay at Awana Genting again, get the shuttle bus schedule from the receptionist. 

Breakfast was at the hotel buffet and then we made our way up to the new Genting Mall. Papa and Mama kept saying our different the place was since the last time they been to Genting (20+ years ago?). Had lunch at a pizza place where babyAC had 2 slices of pizza then split up with the group so we had time to do our own things.

We went back to the hotel to rest and made our way back to meet up for dinner. Had bak kut teh, walked around a bit and went back. The next morning we had breakfast and prepared to checkout.

While waiting for our minivan, Boon Seng's brother drove up from KL to meet up and say hi, and soon Boon Seng came as well. A quick change of plans and we had durian and lunch at Gohtong Jaya before making our way down to Singapore. Dinner was at Yi Jia Seafood, which was really good, and then braved the immigration before heading back home.