Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First of 2015: Here We Go Again :(

Everything seemed to be well like before. I just never thought that a simple cough and colds would trigger our first confinement for 2015.

Since Friday, ze cranio kid has colds that irritates his nose too often. Good thing about this is that it goes out of his nose by itself, so we seldom use Salinase to aspirate. Just this Monday morning that he got irritated and less energetic than usual, plus he had an episode of seizure so we immediately rushed him to the hospital.

DAY 1. Our dilemma. Ze cranio kid once again had another episode of seizure when we reached the emergency room. Also, he's on 38 degrees which made him have a higher chance of having seizures.

Lab tests were done to know what could've caused this. CBC, x-ray, sodium potassium and sugar level were checked. CBC went fine, no infections. Sugar level is just on normal value. His x-ray turned out that he has pneumonia (yes, again) this time, and his sodium level is once again low - hyponatremia as what the medical term calls it - 119 versus the normal 130 ++, contrary to the reason why we were confined last December which is hypernatremia.

We decided to stay on the clinical division of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, as per advice of ze cranio kid's pediatrician. This should have been covered by our health card, but of course, we still weren't sure since it was just an admitting diagnosis. Since he will be taken care of the same residents and consultants - and the only difference is having your own airconditioned room and toilet and television - we agreed with her to stay here.

By 1:00 PM, his fever went down to 37.4 degrees and continued to go down to level 36 by the end of the day.

DAY 2. Hooray for 24 hours ++ of no seizure episodes and fever! Since last night, he slowly gets back into shape. We already talked, we played, and doctors already allowed him to eat! 

Doctors are still checking his vital signs every hour, and correcting his sodium levels. From 119 yesterday, it went up to 124. Slowly but surely, as they say.

The only thing I hate while staying at the clinical division is the never ending interviews of the junior interns. They are Medicine and Nursing students of the university. Part of their course, not sure if it's third or fourth year, they stay at the clinical division and be the ones who checked the patients' vital signs. From babies to old aged people, they are allowed to check them, and let this division be their 'practice area.' I made friends with some of ze cranio kid's interns before, but still, I don't agree of the colleges' way of practicing their students.

Hopefully his medicines will be shifted to oral by tomorrow. As his pedia-neurologist told me, upon 48 hours of no seizure episode, she's fine of shooing us home. :)

Will update this same post everyday until we get home. Thanks for everyone's prayers! :)

DAY 3. We're back on track! Ze cranio kid's sodium level is now on 136 - already normal. We had a slow day today as we only slept until the day ends.

We had our last dose of Hydrocortisone via IV and everything else is shifted back to oral medicines. 

The playful and naughty one already regained his strength. Too bad his IV line is on his foot so I can't allow him to go down of his crib and walk. 

We failed to go home today as the doctors want to observe him for another 24 hours while on oral medicines before we can fly home. 

Hoping to sleep comfortably on our own beds tomorrow! :)

DAY 4. Finally! It was afternoon when we were discharged from the hospital. Ze cranio kid is so happy laying in his side of bed!

All vital signs are okay, every medicine has been back to normal dosage. We were just scheduled by the end of the month for follow ups.

It was a rough start of the year, but this is a bit shorter stay in the hospital! Thank you so much for all your prayers and please keep on praying for ze cranio kid's health!

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UPDATE AS OF 1/25/15. The day after we were discharged, ze cranio kid hit another 38 degrees of fever and hard cough. His fever never went down the whole day, lowest being on 37.7. We rushed him again to UST-ER to check what's going on, spent the whole night there and turned out everything is just viral. His blood tests and x-ray went all normal.

By the time that we got home, his fever already went down to 36.5 degrees. I just hope he'll be fine now. :(


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