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A Bad Scare

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nothing is more scary for a mother than her child getting sick I woke up one morning to see Via breathing a little too fast. I decided to give her ventolin through the nebulizer. I asked her aunt who's taking care of her to give her ventolin once more at lunchtime. When I got home after work, her breathing was worse. Even her stomach was heaving with the effort to breathe. We went to the ER at Medical City. She was given ventolin again as soon as we got there. There is a pedia section in the ER and it was full of children. Her breathing was checked through a breathing monitor which indicated she was not getting enough oxygen. After nebulizing, Via had a blood test done. She was given ventolin through the nebulizer twice more, then we were told she had to be admitted. She had bronchial asthma.


She was connected to an IV. I remember last time she had a blood test, she did not cry when blood was taken and she didn't cry this time either. It looks really awful on a toddler though. Through all this I was communicating with P who was in Jakarta by BBM. I so love BBM. I just got my Blackberry two days ago and it helped me through this tough time. I took pictures and videos of Via and sent them to P by BBM. Doctors in the ER can make mistakes and it was calming to know that he was there to guide me and help me understand what was going on and what had to be done.



We stayed in the ER for about 5 hours because there was no private room available and Via had to have an x-ray. The hospital was full. While at the Admitting section, I overheard a mother being told she was number 16 on the list and there were no check outs expected that night. The earliest check out would be lunchtime the next day. What! I didn't want to spend the night in the ER even if Via did have a bed and cubicle. So I asked if maybe there was a ward available. After some checking, I was told there was an available bed in the ward and I took it. After getting her x-ray, we were brought to the ward on the 6th floor. I have never stayed in a ward and I had an idea that it would be cramped and dirty and noisy. I was really surprised to see that it was very clean and spacious. The bathroom was roomy as well with a shower stall (with hot and cold water), and a toilet for male and female. It was very clean with each cubicle having 2 trash bins emptied regularly.

A resident under Via's pediatrician came to see us that night to check on Via and her pedia also came in the morning. The x-ray result said she had pneumonia but that was expected because she had difficulty breathing.



Finally getting some rest. The effort to breathe has really tired her out. We stayed there two nights because she had to be nebulized every two hours. When she improved, we got clearance to go home and continue treatment at home, this time at 6 hour intervals which was manageable at home.

I'm very happy with Medical City. This is where I gave birth and I've been satisfied with their service every time. Prompt meals, efficient nurses, and efficient billing/check out. It took me all of 5 minutes to settle her bill.


Ready for Pre-School?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

One Saturday, the Cradle Roll (0-3 years old) Sabbath school did not have a class. Since we were there, Via and I dropped in on the 3-5 year old Sabbath school. I had only intended to observe to pass the time before church service. However, the teacher included her in the activities. It's coloring a picture of Joseph imprisoned by the Pharoah. She enjoyed it and yes, I think she's ready to go to pre-school. She has fond memories of her summer pre-school class and still remembers the friends she made there. Hopefully, she'll see them again when she goes to pre-school fulltime.






The finished product. Needs a little work on coloring :)



Mercy is Underserved Kindness

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A nagging question in my mind has always been how to be kind to bad people or even those who beg in the streets seeing that they are strong and healthy but prefer to beg. 

Today I got this on my email and wanted to share:

The Bible says that God is kind to bad people (see Luke 6:35-36). We somehow know this already, but it still jars our sense of “justice.”

One day, some brilliant men were debating about what makes Christianity different from other religions. The discussion was heated and lively, with all sorts of answers being raised.

That was when the great thinker and apologist, C.S. Lewis, entered the room. The men turned their attention to the late comer and asked him, “So Lewis, what makes Christianity different from other religions?”

He looked at them and said one word.

When he spoke, everyone remained quiet.

The debate was over.

What is mercy?

Mercy is undeserved kindness.
We believe God is kind to those who do not deserve His kindness at all. In another part of the Bible, it says, When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy (Titus 3:4-6).

Now I know what to do.



These past couple of weeks have been truly exhausting. I worked overtime until very late at night almost everyday including weekends. The Twerp is asleep when I get home and the only time I get to spend with her is in the morning about an hour before I go to work. Sometimes she's not awake but I wake her up to have breakfast together.  It's been very stressful and I always try to do a little yoga when I get home, no matter how late it is. It helps me to sleep well and feel refreshed in the morning even if I have less than 8 hours sleep.

The past few days when I say goodbye to Via in the morning to go to work, she would say, "I coming, I coming." Of course I can't take her with me and she would dissolve in tears. This week will hopefully be easier as we near the end of our peak season. Today I brought Via to the office so we could have breakfast together. That satisfied her and she didn't cry when they went home after breakfast.

Her playmates had their birthdays at the same time last Sunday. She attended the one that's nearer. Her Tita (aunt) who takes care of her went with her to the party and apparently she joined the games and even got a prize :)

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