It’s really sad that I have to post this again. This post seems to appear in my blogs every month. Yesterday, we were at the ER of SJMC the whole night and only left at 11ish pm.
Baby C’s pee has been smelling foul on and off for the past 1.5 weeks but our doctor asked us to leave it as she does not want to give her too much antibiotics. The smart bacteria in the pee seems to be resistant to all the antibiotics now and though she’s being treated with antibiotics at the onset of a UTI, the bacteria will proliferate again in a few weeks’ time.
However, baby’s pee smelled foul again yesterday and she’s been getting discharge that looks yellowish and in clumps. Her labia is also really sore and red. These are all the classic symptoms that’s displayed in baby each time she gets a UTI. Not wanting to wait any further (coz in my past experience, waiting will only give the bacteria a chance to proliferate further, and I was worried that the bacteria will go up to her kidney), we sent her to the ER of SJMC.
The hubs dropped me with baby along with our maid at the ER while he brought our 2 older gals to a nearby Japanese restaurant for supper. He didn’t want to bring Aly and Sher down coz the ER is a place with the most germs as there are always many sickly people there. The ER is the least pleasant place to be stuck in. Anyway, we waited for more than an hour before being attended to by a MO.
Since baby’s case is a really complicated case where our nephrologist is the best person to give her treatment, the MO had to call our nephrologist for advice. My worst nightmare came true. Our doctor recommended 5 doses of Rocephine jabs again.
I pleaded the nurse and MO to let me carry baby whilst the jab was being administered but my plea was turned down coz their excuse (which was told to me rather bluntly) was ‘our procedure is you cannot carry your baby, you have to put your baby on the bed so that we can wrap her up tightly in a blanket’. I was really disappointed and angry with their inhumane reply.
When the nurse was preparing the jab to be administered on baby, she realized that the quantity of the meds was too much to be administered via IM (intra-muscular) coz it would hurt VERY MUCH and would cause the injection site to be extremely painful and swollen. The vial of meds was really huge to be administered through IM. What’s more, baby needs to be jabbed for 5 days! The MO then told us that it’s best to fix an IV line on baby’s hand so that she only has to suffer once instead of 5 times. I told the MO that it’s going to be very tough to find a vein coz previously, our paed failed many times to find a vein in her hands and legs and on one of the occasions, she was poked and pricked 7 times only to be told that he could not find a vein. Anyway, last night baby was poked twice. The first poke was unsuccessful and the MO had to try on another spot on the same hand. I was hugging baby’s head tightly and my maid held her legs down. The paralyzing fear on baby’s face was enough to shatter my heart to pieces…. and her loud cries and screams would break any mother’s heart and soul. Though the ER was cold, baby was sweating profusely in pain and fear. Her cries were so loud that many patients were peeping through the curtain of the cubicle to see what’s going on with my baby.
Baby was so tired from her cries that she slept in the car on our way home. But when she was home, she was all smiles again… see how brave my little trooper is. The whole of last night, she woke up fussing and whining. I think she must have felt really uncomfortable and in pain too with the IV line on her right hand and have both her hands being bandaged tightly.
Baby smiling again when she was back home, in her bed. She now has a phobia of hospital beds. The second she’s placed on a hospital bed or a weighing machine or left uncarried by me each time she’s in the hospital would send her screaming and crying on top of her voice.
I have to wrap baby’s hands in plastic bag before her bath. The IV line is on her right hand. The left hand was also bandaged to prevent baby from fidgeting and meddling with the IV line on her right hand. My poor baby now can’t play with her toys with both her hands bandaged. But she’s still trying to crawl and cruise on the bed. Looks like for the next 4 days, I’m going to be very busy carrying baby. She will surely fuss and get crabby coz she will be bored to the core with both her hands bandaged.