Crazy Monday morning to begin the week with
I was expecting a crazy chicken poxy day but Noelle woke up with ‘ear pain’. I thought it was her usual ear wax removing thing and also as per advice from ear specialist to drop few drips of olive oil -it didn’t get any better. She was crying the whole morning. Following mama instinct, I think I should bring her to the paed if the pain doesn’t go off. I even tried ice pack as suggested by a Michelle Tai. It works initially but then the pain came back.
I asked Noelle if she wants to see the dr. Yes was the answer but I got to get ready Norrah – nurse and bath (while Noelle was crying along the way). After I was done with Norrah, Nikki cried and said she wanted to poo! 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ so, I have to ask Noelle to wait (crying continues). It took about 20 minutes to settle Nikki by which Noelle fell asleep – so thought of letting her sleep until she wakes and the pain might go off! Not even 5 minutes, she woke and screamed ‘I want to go to hospital!’
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of her. After several assurance by her (I questioned her), I decided to go! And hubby hasn’t place the new car seat into the myvi which he has just brought to wash and vacuum yesterday! 🤦🏻♀️ But I decided to go, asking Noelle to sit still (which she did). So we went to the paed (luckily not too far from our place).
Fortunately we went. She has ear drum infection (though no sore throat). Dr showed me the reddish ear drum which supposed to be white. The dr says her immune is down due to chicken pox and hence infection comes easily. She has to be on antibiotics for 4 days (this is her first antibiotic after more than 3 years!)
I nursed Norrah before we left the clinic. We got home and fortunately my mum tapau for us her homecooked soup and fish yesterday – so we just ate them with mee suah (I haven’t have time to do anything this morning)! Noelle fed herself the medicine (macam so desperate eat medicine only 🙄)!
Nikki slept while I was tandem nursing. So she just slept on the sofa and I waited for Norrah to sleep before putting her into the cot. Noelle saw Nikki sleeping on the sofa and put her blanket on Nikki (while I was having lunch). Noelle was feeling better with the ibuprofen which serves as ‘pain killer’ and started to request that I cut pear for her to eat. Thereafter she napped!
What a morning!
I didn’t bother to inform hubby when everything was happening as he did told me he was in the midst of conducting training. I think I handled everything calmly. I only informed him after seeing the paed!
This morning Nicole Lee was asking about my girls condition when everything was happening- so she was aware of the happenings and even offered to come over during her lunch time to send us to the paed (thank you, I am very touched)! But it was like an immediate ‘do or die’ because of Noelle’s wailing 🙄🤦🏻♀️ macam I abuse her!
Before we set off, I reminded them not to run about but follow carefully! Noelle even held Nikki’s hand. Putting three in the car – put Norrah into carrier without belt first. Then Nikki to her car seat (before she walks/runs away) with her belt (while asking Noelle to stand next to me). Next put Noelle to her seat and belt her. Finally belt Norrah before starting the car! 🙄
When I entered the paed’s room (fortunately no long wait), he immediately coined me ‘super woman’ 😂😂😂 for bringing all three alone!
Nikki’s day 7 and Noelle’s day 3 chicken pox
Nikki’s chickenpox is starting to dry up; the first one which we spotted actually peeled off midday!
Neem leaves water really works miraculously! Yesterday before sleep, I wiped Noelle’s affected area with it and apply the cream. Compared to the previous nights, she actually slept through without crying/wailing (but then woke with an ear infection🙄). Hers appear very reddish today. I didn’t spot any new ones! Anyway, she is back to her usual self after her nap!
Actually this was told by the paed during our first visit for Nikki’s chicken pox – it didn’t make sense at first until a friend related the same incident; plus the paed again repeated the same thing today – so sharing here: apparently newborn has their own immunity plus the immunity from their mummies (who already had chicken pox before) and thus more likely to be immune from chicken pox! So far no reaction from Norrah (cross fingers) and we will see how it goes! Anyway, she has a little cough ‘spread around’ by papa and Noelle! 😒
Nikki is more or less back to herself- the most active and talkative one! Only occasionally telling us that it is ‘ciiii’ (itchy); still wailing when we want to apply cream.
Noelle is back to her big baby mode! 🤦🏻♀️ She didn’t really sleep well last night and woke up close to 6 am (the more she needs to rest, the more active she is) – whining and crying ‘pain’! 😔 A lot of her pox turns blister – still focus on her eczema area. None on her back or body but I spotted few on her butt! Towards evening, she says they are itchy! She is also in between battling cough too. Hence, she is on her very cranky and clingy mode.
She took everything I made for her from steam onion juice, orange juice, watermelon to blueberries! Finally she took the longest nap in this week – about 3 hours!
Nikki’s Day 5 and Noelle gets her chicken ‘pork’ 🤦🏻♀️(day 1)
I guess Nikki is recovering and thus Noelle gets it now! 🙄 and most likely, the virus gets through the flu/cough and then fever. It starts with the pink dotes (which looks like bed bugs bites).
For Noelle, mostly spotted at her eczema spots – toes and feet🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ ( we suspected it yesterday night)! She turns a big baby now🙄🙄- cranky 😪 I decide not to put her on anti viral medication as she is willing to take whatever I do for her (as she trust it help soothes herself)!
Day 4 – Nikki’s chicken pox
No new pox. But she is in ‘pain’ – doesn’t want us to apply cream/bedak sejuk on the areas (crying when we do so). Neem leaves bath continues. Appetite improving – still rejects breakfast but she has her mid morning snacks – honeydew, blueberries (just like Jeh Jeh)!
Nikki’s 3rd day chicken pox –
after 4 times neem leaves bath; and some wiping with neem leaves water during diaper change
We still continue her with anti viral medication – since it isn’t easy for us to make her eat anything that can improve/contain her situation
Don’t see any new pox; most pox concentrated at her feet, leg, palm and hand still. There are few tiny ones on her face. The pox are turning reddish. Hasn’t spotted any on her back body. In fact, the one on her front body not there anymore! 🤔
She is active as usual!
Thanks to my super savior mum who brought a black garbage bag of neem leaves from her neighbourhood Klang to us this morning! And many thanks to those who suggested it and following Dhurga Devi’s suggestion – I boiled the leaves, cool it abit and added some turmeric powder before bathing/ soaking Nikki in it! Hopefully it works – so far I have not spotted her scratching (or maybe not yet🤔).
Nikki is fine today – the usual clingy and cranky – mostly during her sleepy hours. She has been very active – talking a lot, disturbing Jeh Jeh plus mui mui (when I told her not to get too near) 🤦🏻♀️ and messing around as usual!
Yesterday she nursed like a newborn – every 1-2 hours- me and hubby have been switching bed so often between Norrah and Nikki (Noelle was on Norrah’s bed) – I don’t know if we actually sleep! Hope we will have a better night today!
Today we went to the Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya for Norrah’s immunization – hepatitis b. Documenting this for future mummies who are unsure!
We arrived there before 730 am (their official hour is 730am). I was abit clueless when I was there (while hubby went to park the car with the two girls). So, I asked the lady who was queuing behind me. It was actually self ‘check in’ as in we got to take our number and it is based on areas. Then I saw them clipping the numbers on their pink book and placing them into a basket (while I just have my immunization book from sunmed which the visiting nurses clipped on our appointment date). So, I follow suit. I was actually carrying Norrah and holding a bag – so a lady actually offered help by helping me clip the paper! ☺️
Then we waited. It was until 730am that the nurses started working on segregating the piles of pink book. It was also then the crowd started coming in. The seats are fast gone (meaning if you get up from your seat, you will be there standing).
I was then called upon (some time after 8am) and the nurse required Norrah’s mykid and my mykad for the first time registration. I was told that for first visit I supposed to take two numbers as they need to check on me too. They gave me another number.
We waited again (I didn’t time what was happening because I was hand carrying sleeping Norrah while helping hubby keep an eye on the two girls – the place was really crowded)! Then our number appeared and we were told to remove Norrah’s cloth and diaper for weighing. Norrah was 3.8kg (on 1m1d compared to 2.79kg birth weight). The nurse also meaured her height and length of her head. Hubby was away handling the two kids (but it was also impossible for him to come along as the place was not feasible for more people standing in). But the nurse asked if I came alone as she needs to check my weight and I was required to do blood prick and urine test. So I called hubby and he came to carry Norrah. The nurse weighed me and then gave me some papers – told me to get to ‘room 32’ for blood prick and then proceed to ‘counter 21’ for urine test.
Upon arriving at room 32, I saw a queue there. Again I was not too sure what was the sequence of actions. So I decided to ask another mama there. I was told to put in my book/paper in the tray. After I put my papers there, Norrah was crying. So, I went to the nursing room (which consists of sofa and air conditioned) to nurse her! Both the kids started to be impatient and hubby had a ‘hard’ time managing them. I told him to bring them out while i waited with Norrah outside of room 32 again. Finally they called my name and I did the blood prick.
I was then sent to counter 21 to do urine test. I placed my paper into the tray provided before the nurse handed me a cup for the urine test. Again I need to call hubby back in to carry Norrah. I went to the general public toilet and carried my urine back – sent to the lab next to counter 21. Then we waited another 10 minutes before they gave me the ‘result’ (in which Nikki already started her crankiness as she was tired and looked for me. So I carried her to sleep). After getting the ‘result’, I went back to the nurses where Norrah was weighed. I was told to wait for our number again.
Our number came and we went into room 31 where the nurse asked some questions on Norrah’s birth. I was holding Norrah at that point. So she asked me to place Norrah on the bed and I lied next to Norrah for the simple check up. She merely check Norrah if she shows any sign of jaundice (which there wasn’t any) and looked into my c-sec area. She says everything was ok and I don’t need to see the dr. At that point Norrah was fussing again, the nurse told me to feed Norrah right beside her! So I just unbuckled to breastfeed Norrah. She also questioned if Norrah was fully breastfed.
She then told me to choose a date for next appointment – hubby was waiting outside – so I have to get him in to check with him. I was told that Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya is busy and change of appointment can only be done physically – once appointment date missed, it will be considered non attendance. She said that Norrah will only get to see the dr on next visit.
She asked me to continue breastfeed Norrah while she prepare for the Hepatitis B jab. She then called me to get into the next room for immunization. She told me to sit down and taught me how to hold Norrah while she jabbed. Just a minor point, maybe, they don’t sterilize the baby’s skin before and after the jab – but think again, maybe the antiseptic isn’t good for baby’s skin? After the jab, she handed me the pink book and told me that everything is done. We could go home! It was close to 10am when we leave the Klinik Kesihatan.
We did not have to pay anything, not even registration.
Overall, I would say the service is good as in the nurses were friendly and the patients were also helpful – as in they helped me out when I needed help or feel unsure. The wait is quite long but it was fast moving. And I could imagine waiting at the private clinic too – might be that long too! Just that the waiting environment at private clinic will be better. While I don’t quite understand how their system work, they were progressing quite well. I would say Kudus to them.
While it could be dread to come here again, I remind myself to be patient – as the government still currently offer free jabs for the babies. Plus ‘waiting’ still happens when we get to the private clinic on the ‘wrong’ day!
I thought of going alone with Norrah at first. But luckily hubby came along – as baby needs to be carried when I do certain examination/test.
Time flies. Today marks the official one day staying at home, looking after little 17chipmunks. It has been an amazing one month – from cooking, baking, looking after, nurturing and going out alone with her. I have not a single thought of returning to the office, despite times of tiredness or crankiness that I deal.
What I gained in the month:
- No “mad” rush hours – but I still rush to complete my work when the little monster is sleeping
- No work politics
- Growing up with little 17chipmunks – understanding her character more
- Some time to relax my mind – we had almost daily swimming activity, I get to blog again and do research for our upcoming trip
- Learning all about life over again – when figuring out activities for little 17chipmunks
- More time with hubby – we have some time off after little 17chipmunks goes to bed, now that I don’t have to wake extreme early to get to work and rush things to complete
What I feel missing:
- Social time – most of the time spent is with little 17chipmunls; no adult friends except those on social media (who are either working or far away) – tried speaking to ex-colleagues but they are also busy with their works and I get their complains about office politics (which I am not totally bothered since I left the company)
- And of course, the extra savings from my monthly salary, if I am working (but I really rather sacrifice this)
What I have learn (especially since the horrible accident that little 17chipmunks had to go through):
1. The safest place is not necessarily “home”.
2. Never underestimate the importance of an insurance policy.
3. No matter how safe you are, accidents are bound to happen.
Looking forward to many more months and years of happiness being a stay-at-home-mum!
Photo: little 17chipmunks during her last visit to Dr Cheng’s clinic in early October 2013
Though I have made a critic about Dr Cheng on my first visit to his clinic because he wasn’t breastfeeding friendly, we made numerous return visits to the clinic. Given that he sense that I did not like him for being breastfeeding friendly, I think he had tried being breastfeeding friendly now to us.
Why do we return to him? For a very simple reason, he is very thorough in his checkups. In numerous occasions, we have waited for him like an hour – because of the long queue. I supposed his thorough checkups on little ones made most parents return to him. His consultation fees is reasonable. Maybe a little setback from his visit is his “liking” to prescribe medicine to little ones. However, on second thought, though we want our little ones to use their own antibody to fight through illness, do we want them to suffer longer? A very good case – little 17chipmunks suffered longer for her blocked nose and phlegm – because we did not take Dr Cheng’s advice to give her a stronger antibiotic after a mild one did not killed off the virus. We only started little 17chipmunks on the new antibiotic after a week or two. We prolonged her illness and she suffered. We are still not sure if we made the right decision. Nevertheless, she is all well now!
Another plus point from Dr Cheng is he follow up personally with a call after three days of visit. We were surprised that he is taking this effort. In fact, I missed his call once and he smsed me. I did replied him. Then, on the occasion when little 17chipmunks did not recover just a day she completed the antibiotic, I sms-ed Dr Cheng if I need to bring her to him for another visit. To my surprise, he did replied. Well done on this.
One setback is the clinic’s location – where parking is difficult. Due to competition with the hospital located at the same area – i.e. Kelana Jaya Medical Centre, Dr Cheng is giving a RM3 cash rebate on parking.