A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: March 2009

Baby C Has A Swollen Bum

Baby C Has A Swollen Bum

After getting a total of 5 jabs on her upper buttocks yesterday and today, both of Baby C’s buttocks are swollen. The injection sites feel hard and swollen and I tell you, my heart is crushed. During her bath just now, I used ice wrapped […]

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Jabs, Jabs And More Jabs :(

Jabs, Jabs And More Jabs :(

My poor baby had 3 jabs on her buttocks today. In the morning, she had 1 Rocephine jab (which contains a huge vial of antibiotics, around 25ml) on one side of her buttock and 1 Gentamicin jab on the other side of her buttock. I […]

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Fish, Fish And More Fish

Fish, Fish And More Fish

Whenever I have buffet lunch or dinner, the dish that I will attack first is more often than not fish. I normally attack the salmon, cod fish, unagi (Japanese eel), mackeral and pomfret – the expensive fish and fish that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. I need plenty of DHA (one of the acids from Omega 3) coz after giving birth to 3 angels, I find my memory failing me many times and I need to stock up on my DHA intake so that my brain will function better!

I can never resist my temptation when I see plates and plates of salmon cooked in a variety of styles being served at the buffet line like this one:

That’s the salmon fish served at the buffet lunch at Sudu Coffee House @ Hilton Sentral Hotel.

Fatty fish fills your tummy up very quickly and it’s a good thing coz you will have very little space left to gorge on empty calories and desserts!

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It’s The Thought That Counts

It’s The Thought That Counts

This Disney Pumbaa sticker is very special, both for Baby C and me because Alycia took it from her precious collection of stickers she got from Hong Kong Disneyland recently and gave it to Baby C. This morning, I told Alycia that tomorrow I have to bring baby to the […]

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Alycia Gave Us A Scare

Alycia Gave Us A Scare

On the night Alycia returned from her vacation in Hong Kong 2 days ago, she gave us all a scare. When she got home from the airport, she appeared very frazzled and her cheeks were very rosy. After her dinner, she told us that she was very sleepy […]

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MAG 3 Scan Report

MAG 3 Scan Report

The MAG3 scan report showed that Baby C’s left kidney is perfectly normal and the right kidney is also funtioning pretty good.  However, our nephrologist is still of the opinion that the upper pole of baby’s right kidney be removed since there is obstruction in the ureter connecting to the right upper kidney.  FYI, Baby C has a duplex kidney.  It means she has double ureters on the right kidney, making the right kidney separate into 2 poles.   Our doctor told us that if the surgeon tries to reconstruct the ureters and bladder, complications like infection may occur and there will be a huge scar on the body.  If infection occurs, another surgery may be required.  Each surgery costs over RM10k!  Removing the upper pole of the right kidney (which makes up to about 15-20% of the entire right kidney) is still the best option. 

The hubs had couriered the MAG3 films and report to his uncle who is a cardiac surgeon in London.  His uncle will then pass the films and report to 3 pediatric surgeons who will study them.  We can expect an answer from them by next week hopefully. 

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My Breakfast – Gourmet Cheese And Charcoal Bread

My Breakfast – Gourmet Cheese And Charcoal Bread

That’s my breakfast today: A slice of bamboo charcoal bread, spread with generous amounts of yam kaya. Notice the huge chunks of yam on the yam kaya? This yam kaya is absolutely yummy…. and fattening too but oh well, eat first and exercise later. That’s […]

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Home Remedy For Cough – Double Boiled Fresh Olives Soup With Lean Pork

Home Remedy For Cough – Double Boiled Fresh Olives Soup With Lean Pork

After being healed completely from a chronic cough twice this month, I now swear by fresh olives and their amazing healing properties for cough. It’s pretty simple to prepare this home remedy. All you need are fresh olives and some lean pork and a pot or […]

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MAG 3 Scan Done Today

MAG 3 Scan Done Today

My guess was right. Baby C needed 3 doses of sedation meds to knock her out completely. The moment we arrived at the hospital, my maid and I fed her with 2 types of sedation meds. One was for 3ml and the other was for 7ml!   After fussing and struggling for about half an hour when we fed her the sedation meds, she knocked out and went into a deep sleep.  Thank God when I placed her on the bed for our doctor to insert the brandula (IV line) on her hand, she was still asleep but she woke up and cried when she felt pain. Thank God again that she only needed to be poked once and not between 3-7 times like in the past.

When my sweetiepie was jolted up from her sleep after the insertion of the IV line, she kept fussing though she was still groggy. Since Baby C is to remain absolutely still during the entire scan, I was worried that she would wake up.  If that happens, the scan would have to be cancelled and repeated all over again!  So we gave her another dose of sedation meds. This time, it was a struggle to feed her the sedation meds as she was sleepy and crabby. Thank God she did not puke, though she coughed and choked a few times and almost puked. After the 3rd dose of sedation meds, she was totally konked out. She slept like sleeping beauty throughout the half an hour scan. I was with her in the Gamma Picture Room at the Radiosurgery and Cancer Center of the hospital and witnessed the entire procedure. Also saw many cancer patients at the Chemotherapy Daycare Center. My heart really goes out to all those patients who have to undergo radiation and chemotherapy.


My little sleeping beauty.


The intimidating looking machine dwarfing my little sleeping beauty from above.  Baby C was wrapped up in a thick blanket and a special plastic sheet with velcro.  The sight of her lying so still and motionless and wrapped with a plastic sheet on the metal bed with the ginormous machine hovering above her sent shivers down my spine. 
Notice the double screen on the left?  Images of the kidneys and bladder are shown on the screen.

Permission was granted to me before I snapped the pix.

Total bill came up to over RM1,600! And all the medical bills related to Baby C’s medical condition will NOT be covered by our insurance 🙁

Baby C has been feeling groggy and sleepy since she took the sedation meds this morning.  As I am typing this post, she’s still sleeping.  I have expected my sleeping beauty to sleep for days since she took 3 doses of sedation meds!   We will see our pediatric nephrologist again tomorrow for her to explain the MAG 3 scan report to us.

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MAG 3 Scan

MAG 3 Scan

Tomorrow  is our scheduled day to bring Baby C to the hospital for the MAG 3 Scan.  The scan will be carried out at the Radiosurgery and Cancer Center of the hospital.  In layman’s terms, a radioactive chemical will be injected through the IV catheter and […]

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