This is the longest we’ve ever stayed in St. Luke’s QC. DW had fever last Thursday night which went up to 39.6 and it just progressed. We visited his pedia on Saturday who told us that it could be a viral infection. She gave us paracetamol and ambroxol for DW’s cough and we went on our merry way. Saturday night we rushed DW to the ER because his temp reached 40.9 and he was weak and lethargic. CBC, urinalysis and a chest x-ray were all ordered. The results showed that everything was ok. DW was singing the alphabet song at the ER and we were sent home. The day after, it seemed all was clear and things were back to normal. I went to work, I had to rush a lot of things included a big project that I finished. Then my mom texted that DW’s fever was at 39 again. At dawn, DW was shivering. He was hot again and we rushed to the ER again and we were admitted. His temp ran up to 40 again.
We rode the wheelchair. DW was on my lap and he was bundled up. When we rode the elevator everyone looked at our little boy and all had a look of concern on their face. “Wawa naman” one remarked. “Ang hirap talaga pag bata” the other one said. The others just furrowed their brows and looked at my kid. I know that look, I look at sick kids in the hospital that way too. It’s concern mixed with a “ano kayang meron sya?!”
When we entered our room, another daybed was brought in (there was only one in the room), extra pillows and blankets. We readied ourselves for the long haul even if we didn’t know what was wrong with DW then. I was praying that it was not Dengue and it wasn’t but he still had persistent high grade fever. We had DW’s godmothers help us with the room too. They were fairy godmothers really and made sure everything was in order before they left.
Day 1: DW was writhing in pain. His tummy was aching badly. It was full of gas and because he had a cough, his ab muscles were sore. He couldn’t eat, he was miserable and his fever still shot up to 40. The attending doctors checked his tummy and asked him to breathe deeply. “Hingang malalim” they asked DW. “Malalim na!” DW shot back.
Day 2: Our pedia suspected that DW has enteric fever, it’s kinda like typhoid. His high grade fever has lasted 7 days. So DW had to endure new tests. His blood was extracted again for a new culture and he undertook a skin test for antibiotics. Soon after he was put on 3rd Gen antibiotics. The kind that was only administered via IV. DW still didn’t want to eat and he only ate a small pack of crackers and few spoonfuls of gelatin. But those were better than nothing.
Day 3: DW’s condition has improved a bit and he got back a bit of his appetite. He wasn’t waking up because of stomach pains anymore too. More importantly he was slowly getting to be makulit again. We were watching Nick Jr and an episode of DoongDoong came up.
After the skit finished, DW said “Ang labo” Ok. That was a good sign 😀
The current cycle of his antibiotics is five days. So we’ll still be here until Monday. If everything looks a-ok and we can start a new round of meds that DW can take orally then we can go home. Until then, we will be here. DW doesn’t get sick that often but when he does, grabe jackpot 0_0 He misses his school and his classmates. He misses his blue room. Don’t worry DW, we’ll be home soon!
Thanks for all the well-wishes and for praying for DW. Thanks to my family who helped us get through and for my mom for always ordering food for us hehe. Thanks din St. Luke’s for having “free” wi-fi!