• 30Jan

    Today is the day that Baby C did the IVP and MCUG procedures at the hospital. We spent almost the whole day at the hospital and it was a day of non-stop yelling, wailing and bawling for poor baby. After feeding her the sedation meds the moment we reached the hospital, I nursed her and spent almost 30 minutes to put her to sleep. I just had a nagging feeling that she would be wide awake throughout all the procedures and true enough, the moment she was placed on the hospital bed, my baby who has developed a phobia of hospital beds woke up! Before anything was done to her, she was already yelling her heart out. Can you imagine the hours that passed from 10am – 3pm? It was a nightmare for both baby and me…. and truly torturous for baby.

    As I had expected, our doctor had a difficult time finding a vein to insert the IV line. Poor baby was poked a total of 3 times. After all the crying, baby dozed off in my arms and I brought her down to the Imaging Department for the big thing. I was ordered out of the Imaging Room. The doctor first inserted the catheter into her urethra. The MCUG procedure followed. Poor baby’s screams and cries really crushed my heart to pieces.  I wanted to cry out loud but tried hard not to…. there was a HUGE lump in my throat throughout my time at the hospital today.   After half an hour which seemed like forever, the door of the Imaging Room opened and I saw one of the nurses cradling her. Poor baby’s eyes were swollen from all the crying.

    As the doctor could not find a vein on her hands, the IV line had to be affixed on her foot. She was poked once on her hand and twice on her feet.

    Baby all groggy from the sedation meds…. waiting for the Radiologist to arrive to perform the MCUG on her.

    After the MCUG, I had to make baby wee wee to empty her bladder before the last picture is taken on her empty bladder.
    Waiting for baby to pee was the hardest and took up a lot of time. We had to make her pee several times until the bladder was empty before a picture could be taken.
    In this pic, I was waiting for baby to pee. She wasn’t wearing any diaper and there was a waterproof paper beneath her bum.

    The IVP procedure was less traumatic for baby as I could carry her when the dye (iodin) was injected through the IV line. What traumatized her (though not painful) was placing her on the metal bed with a huge X-ray equipment above her. Baby had to be placed on the bed several times, in different positions for pictures to be taken. Each time she was placed on the bed, she bawled and struggled. Though she was darn tired, sleepy and groggy, she was still crying big time the moment she was placed on the bed.

    Long story cut short, we did not manage to see our pediatric nephrologist today as it was already 3ish pm by the time the 2 reports for the IVP and MCUG were ready. I only ate my lunch at 3pm outside the Imaging Room… which hubby packed for me from a nearby Japanese restaurant….and poor baby had to starve and only ate her lunch (porridge) at 5pm.  I was merely swallowing down my grilled Mackeral fish and didn’t have any appetite. I was suffering from a tummy ache, resulting from STRESS! 

    We will be going to the hospital again tomorrow to meet our doctor for her to interpret the report to us. But one thing is confirmed. Both of baby’s right ureters (she has a Duplex or Duplicated collecting system, which means double ureters), are blocked…. thus, she will most likely need a surgery to fix the problem.

    Everything seemed to go wrong today…
    1) baby woke up unusually early today at 6:30am (her normal wake up time is 8:30am) and I couldn’t do much work in the morning but nurse her and entertain her. Consequently, we arrived slightly late at the hospital,
    2) baby had to be poked thrice for the IV line (brandula) to be inserted as the doctor could not locate a vein,
    3) the sedation meds didn’t work – though she had taken sedation meds and she was sleepy, her mind was wide awake and she cried and screamed the whole day,
    4) blood was oozing out from the IV line on her foot and the line had to be taken out prematurely. Consequently, the antibiotics jab (to prevent infection resulting from the procedures) couldn’t be given through the IV line and had to be given via intra-muscular on her bum and caused baby more pain and trauma.
    Damn the Murphy’s Law!

    The damage to the hubs’ pocket today is over RM1k and all medical expenses related to baby’s kidney reflux will not be covered by her insurance.

    ….. to be continued.

  • 26Jan

    Whenever I run out of time and need a quick fix lunch for Alycia and Sherilyn, this is what I’ll prepare… their all-time favorite:

    Cold cha soba (cold green tea noodles) with chilled organic cha soba sauce, sprinkled with some toasted sesame seeds for added protein and calcium, a fried egg for more protein (yup, growing kids need lots of protein and eggs are the best source of protein) for them each and of course a soup of the day.  This is definitely healthier than eating out.  If we eat out during lunch, it’s always either chicken rice with char siu and siew yoke or noodles with thick black sauce.   I don’t really like the idea of my kids stuffing their tummies full with food laden with MSG and sodium. Even simple peanut butter sandwiches are way better than outside food.  Agree mummies?

  • 24Jan

    I bought a bottle of organic cold soba sauce from the organic shop last week.   It’s free of preservatives, colorings, sugar and other chemical additives.   Check out the ingredients in the label on the bottle here:

    I use the soba sauce to prepare cold green tea noodles for Alycia and Sherilyn. They, especially Sherilyn are absolutely crazy over the cold noodles. I prepare this noodles for them at least 2-3 times in a week. It’s really easy and fast to prepare, not to mention healthy too.

    Organic green tea noodles with organic cold soba sauce and toasted sesame seeds.
    The cold soba sauce needs to be diluted with some water before pouring into the chilled noodles. No heating is needed for the sauce.

    I can also add 1 tablespoon of the cold soba sauce onto my steamed Anzen organic tofu. It’s simple and fast to cook and wholesome too. Baby C loves tofu! Hopefully she’ll still love tofu when she grows up.

    Verdict of the cold soba sauce : delicious…. my 2 picky eaters love it!  Will definitely buy again.  Costs RM12.90 a bottle.

  • 23Jan

    Thanks to one of my blog readers who informed me that I can buy cranberry capsules from GNC, I managed to buy a bottle yesterday.  Each capsule consists of 500mg cranberry juice concentrate powder, which is crimson in color.  It taste a tad tarty and slightly bitter.  Last night, I sprinkled 1/4 of the capsule into Baby C’s porridge and thank God, she did not discover the tarty taste.  Well, I don’t know how effective this is in preventing another UTI in Baby C, but I’d try anything that’s considered safe for her. 

    Each bottle of 90 vegetarian capsules costs RM101.90 but since hubby is a member of GNC, he was entitled to a 20% rebate.

  • 21Jan

    We had an appointment with our pediatric nephrologist at SJMC today.  I woke up early today, skipped my jogging/gym, got my 2 older gals ready for school by 8:15am and then woke baby up.  I had to feed her lots of fluid so that she has enough pee for me to collect.  I separated the collection of pee into 2 sessions.  First time, I stuck a urine bag and managed to collect enough pee for the Urine FEME test.  After giving her some mummy’s milkie and her bunch of health supplements, managed to collect just enough pee for the Urine C&S test.  The second time round, I carried her and opened up her legs whilst my maid sat on the floor to collect the pee.  After that, I put some ice cubes into a plastic bag that held the 2 specimen bottles of pee and off we hurried to SJMC.

    The Urine FEME test showed that the WBC and RBC are NIL, yay!  This means the Rocephin antibiotics jabs have succeeded in eliminating the Klabsiella bacteria.  I know my joy will soon be shortlived again coz in 3-4 weeks’ time, her pee will surely smell foul and look turbid again. This has been the fashion for the past 7 months.  See how smart those bacteria are.

    Anyway, our doctor has fixed a date for the IVP and MCUG tests to be carried out on Friday next week.  I think baby will most likely has to go for a surgery once she turns one year old… and I am mentally and physically very prepared for it.  I am praying hard that the surgery will be successful coz it’s going to be a major surgery and it’s a tough surgery coz my baby is still small and all her parts inside are small and the surgeon will have a tough time fixing them.  I need lots of prayers from everyone for Baby C… for everything… the surgery (if indeed she’s going for one), the recovery (no bladder spasms and not much pain) and for her to be free from Kidney Reflux and UTI… once and for all ASAP.

  • 20Jan

    That’s Baby C’s breakfast :

    Clockwise from top : Millenium Cactus juice (1 tablespoon, diluted with water), Bio Strath herbal yeast supplement (3ml, diluted with water), plain water, papaya, Gardenia white bread with some butter.

    Bread with President butter, cut up into small bites.

    It normally takes me 45 mins to an hour to feed baby her breakfast.  Baby hates the Bio Strath herbal yeast supplement but she’s got no choice but to eat it as it’s recommended by our doctor.  She used to struggle and cry when I fed it to her but things are slightly better now coz she has the bread and baby Rusks to go as treats with the supplement.  Baby loves bread and butter to bits… just like mummy and all her cheh chehs!  She can chomp down one slice of bread on some days.

  • 18Jan

    Our pediatric nephrologist has told us to postpone the IVP and MCUG scheduled to be carried out on Baby C tomorrow (Monday) as she has an infection going on in her urinary tract.  We have another appointment with our nephrologist scheduled for Wednesday next week and we’ll see what happens next.

  • 18Jan

    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.

  • 16Jan

    My maid and I spent our entire morning at the hospital today.  First we brought Baby C to the Imaging Department for an ultrasound scan of her kidneys and urinary tract.  While waiting for our turn, I quickly fed Baby C some freshly squeezed orange juice, cactus juice and probiotics which I’d put in a bottle.  After the ultrasound scan (which Baby C struggled and bawled till she almost puked), off we went to the procedures room to have her pee collected.  Spent around half an hour collecting her pee.  Next, my maid and I brought Baby C’s pee to the lab for the test to be done.  We then went back to the Imaging Dept. to collect the ultrasound scan report.  After all the running about up and down the hospital, we had to wait another half an hour to see the pediatric nephrologist. 

    The ultrasound scan showed that Baby C indeed has a duplicated or duplex system on the right side of her kidney.  She has 2 ureters instead of one and one of the ureters is lying too lowly to the bladder.  Our doctor suggested that an IVP and another MCUG (the first MCUG was performed at HUKM about half a year ago) to be carried out to see if the ureters are blocked and to see what’s going on in her kidneys and urinary tract system. The 2 procedures have been scheduled to be carried out for Monday next week.   If there are blockages, a surgery has to be performed.  Baby C would have to be sedated before the 2 procedures are being carried out.  This will be the first time that my baby would have to be sedated and I’m really worried…. worried that the sedation meds will have little or no effect on her and that she will not go to sleep or will wake up in the midst of the procedure…. and bawl big time till she pukes.  One time, when our doctor was trying to insert a catheter into her uretra to collect her pee, she was so traumatized that she cried till she puked everywhere in the procedures room.  Am also worried that the sedation meds will be too strong on Baby C, so much that she won’t wake up!  Looks like I’ll have more things to worry about in the days and months to come.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.  I’m praying that all these will come to an end by this year.

  • 15Jan

    After 5 days of being down with high fever, a swollen throat and stuffy nose, my little cili padi is back on her feet again.  She started going to pre-school again yesterday, attended her second ballet lesson (and wore her new ballet costume and she was in seventh heaven!), regained her appetite (and boy, her appetite was quite ravenous!) and stopped being crabby.  She was all bubbly, chatty and mischevious again since yesterday.  The fever only subsided on the 5th day of taking the Augmentin antibiotics.  Fortunately, the 5-day course of Augmentin managed to bring her fever down, else she would have to either continue the Augmentin for another 2 days or be prescribed with another antibiotics, just like what happened to Alycia about 2 years back when she also fell really ill, for the same reason.  My 2 older girls are very very prone to throat infections and our paed said that it’s hereditary coz both the hubs and I also have sensitive throats and are easily prone to throat infections and ulcers (esp. the hubs).


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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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