Cannot Walk After Having Fever

After days of high fever, El woke up one morning and his legs gave way when he stood up. For the next few hours, he was unable to walk. We thought his legs could just be numb and massaged them to improve blood circulation. It was slightly better but he complained of pain.

He was walking with a spastic gait, similar to others with extremely weakened muscles and stiff limbs.

I was quite worried because someone I know said her son also woke up and could not walk suddenly, and the condition seemed to be very serious.

We finally took him to the hospital in the afternoon. It took us many hours to wait for his turn. His pain got so bad that I had to carry him from place to place.

The doctor asked a couple of questions and then pressed his legs and calves to check out the pain. He was ticklish and the doctor thought he was joking. She continued to press the muscles and he complained of pain in those places.

I think she ruled out Zika or dengue since he did not have blood shot eyes or rashes.

She sent him to get an X-ray taken just to rule out any injury to the feet. She also got him to take Ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation. He later had his blood tested.

While waiting, he set up his own Class Dojo class that summed up his experience.
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A nurse also got him a wheelchair which was too big for him. He was sliding down.
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Someone else asked for a smaller wheelchair for him. He was actually having fun pushing himself around.
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After an hour, she saw him again and he said it was not so painful.

I briefly saw a diagnosis that started with ‘m’ and the paper was taken away. After googling ‘child cannot walk after having fever’, I found out that he should have acute benign childhood myositis.

Apparently, some boys aged 6 – 9 may get this after a bout of fever. Most recover without any other issues after three days of not being able to walk or having a spastic gait. I read other cases online, and they seemed to mention their boys recovering after three days.

Thankfully, he did recover after three days and was able to walk.

Unfortunately, he suddenly had severe vomiting after. He puked at least 5 times before he went to the hospital again.

He was given medicine to stop the vomiting and then an enema to move his bowels. Not sure exactly what happened but he was fine after this.

That was the first week of the June holidays. Gar had high fever as well. I suspect they got their fever from the dentist, who was coughing away when she saw them.

In the second week, We went to see an ENT specialist for both El for his sensitive nose and Gar who had very bad impacted ear wax, and it cost us more than $1k for all the medical bills.

Gar’s Toilet Training

I had met up with my children’s teachers last week, and Gar’s teacher said that he should be ready to go without diapers. I was a little doubtful, because he had not told us he needed to pee all the time, but I thought we would give it a try.

We wanted to try earlier, but he complained that the underwear was making him feel itchy. We left it as that. On Saturday, I tried again, and then he said the same thing. I decided the tag was the offending item, and not the seams. I snipped it off. After a short while, he came back to me and said it was still itchy. The remnants of the tag were still there, so I had to remove the whole thing. I hope the pants will not spoil.

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This was the same pair of underwear that El refused to wear because it “says ‘Wednesday’, but today is Tuesday”. In a way, I am glad Gar is not able to read yet, so he cannot pull that on me. However, he refused to wear the yellow one because he wanted the blue one instead. Hey, I thought yellow was his favourite colour?

strong wednesday

I told him to let us know if he wanted to pee. Unfortunately, he shouted ‘wet’.

“Do you still need to pee?” I asked.

“No,” he replied.

I wanted to change him, but had to cut out the tag from the next pair.

Ten minutes later, he peed again.

The process repeated a few times. We went through lots of colours within two hours. I had to be careful not to make him feel discouraged at any stage.

It was only in the afternoon he managed to let us know. We also made him use the potty or go to the bathroom every half an hour to an hour. Sometimes he would say no, and sometimes he would say yes.

We were running out of underwear and tried to dry them in the hot sun and then in the air-con.

In the meantime, I was also cleaning my bedroom, and vacuumed lots of dust. The bed was smelly with Gar’s urine, because he somehow managed to wet the bed a few times through diaper leaks at night. I used Febreeze and also use my Raycop anti-dust mite vacuum cleaner. I had tested positive for allergy to one of the three major dust mite types, so this helps a lot in preventing rhinitis.

In the late afternoon, Gar said he was sleepy and he wanted to sleep. I was not sure whether he was tired out by the excitement. After that, we put him back on diapers.

We will try again the next day.

 

Self Care – Setting Physical and Mental Health Goals

“I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.” — Jim Rohn

It was the June holidays, and I thought I had all the time to do whatever I wanted. I could take El to a museum, Gar to a playground, or just let the two boys play together. Instead, I ended sick, with fever. After a few days, the fever finally subsided, but I had a cough that did not go away.

I went to my former GP, and took the medication. In the afternoon, I had a severe headache that would not go away. At night, I could not sleep at all and I felt my heart racing. The next day, I felt my head was going to burst. I ran my head under the cold water. I only felt better for a short moment.

My mother drove me to a 24-hour clinic just opposite my apartment. It was that bad that I could not even cross the road on my own. After checking the medicine and a dusty manual, the doctor said that I was probably having a bad reaction to codeine. That was one of the main ingredients in the cough mixture.

I took the new medication, but I still did not feel well enough. I went to another doctor, who gave me new medication, and after finishing the cough mixture, I was still coughing. He decided to change the medication, and this time round, I had the severe headache again. Up till today, I am not entirely sure why I had problems with certain cough mixtures.

For the next eight weeks when I had gone back to work, I was coughing all the time. I felt my sinus cavities filling up with mucus whenever I taught in the classroom. I had coughing fits, and there were lots of phlegm.

I avoided chicken (based on Chinese traditional medicine recommendations) and eggs. I avoided cooling fruits such as water melon and oranges. I ended up eating salmon with rice from the Japanese stall for the longest time. I have not eaten that dish ever since recovering.

I could not exercise, and felt breathless. I had taken my health for granted. I took herbal drinks and mixtures. I finally tried Chinese medicine, with one dosage costing $25, and after spending more than $150 for a few days worth of bitter powder, I finally recovered.

Unfortunately that led to a bad acne outbreak, something which I did not have since my awkward teen years. My flawless skin was no more, and I had lots of big angry red bumps. This was probably due to the heaty Chinese medicine, and the lack of Vitamin C.

My stamina was gone (I could only last 5 minutes in the swimming pool) and I was lethargic. I decided enough was enough, and I really needed to take good care of myself. My time with my children was limited to avoid passing the germs to them. It was a hectic term in school and I did not have enough energy for my students.

Just like what Jim Rohn said, we really need to have self care so that we would not be a burden to others. I am no superwoman. It is time to take care of myself. My children need me and my students need me. I need to be in tip top condition before I can really be there for others. I have signed up for a 100-day challenge, to finish 2014 strong, instead of waiting till 2015 to set new resolutions. I have decided on two types of health goals.

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Physical Health Goals
1. Swim weekly. (The pool is just downstairs. What excuse can I use? Well, I could get myself a flattering new swimming costume because the tankini top is rolling up. I just can’t shed the post-pregnancy flab. Wait, those that I see in the nearby stores are just not nice enough.)

2. Sign up for a weekly Zumba or yoga class at a nearby Community Club. (I had procrastinated on it and some of the classes are full already. Why do I keep taking the schedule but not sign up? What am I waiting for? I guess I should find time to go off early from work. Exercise mats? I have so many playmats for my children. I could use them for my yoga poses at home.)

3. Run on the threadmill at gym at my place weekly. (I should get a new pair of exercise shoes one size bigger.)

4. Eat fruits daily. (I do that only when I am at work.)

5. Eat just enough calories and not more. (I take less rice, and avoid having two big meals at work.)

6. Go for regular facials so that I can look great. (I have already paid a fortune for lots of sessions. I just have to make sure I do not cancel.)

For my mental health goals, I shall focus on my hobbies and relaxation.

Mental Health Goals
1. Read weekly. (I get an hour and a half to myself when I wait for El to finish his Mandarin speech and drama lessons every week. I have read Singapore Noir, a really great book on fictional crimes in Singapore written in a fatalistic and sensational manner by some of the famous local writers. I am still reading The Leader In Me, about how to inculcate 7 highly effective habits in children and students.)

2. Limit my TV time. (I love to watch television, but I am more selective of the shows I watch. I like to read the synopsis ahead, to see whether the show is worth my time. Sometimes I watch cartoons with my children. Gar, my two-year-old, has watched Dinosaur Train so many times with his brother that he could say the names of those dinosaurs and name their colours before they appear. )

3. Spend time to do reflection on my work and goals weekly. (We should take time to reflect and think of how to become better.)

4. Laugh daily. (I love all the jokes and funny videos of cute animals and children. My children make me laugh with their funny quips and jokes. A happy person keeps the doctor away.)

5. Think positive. (I have improved much over the years, where I am more positive instead of negative. It is still a work in progress though.)

6. Have me time. (I realised that I have a quota of spending time with children after reading Tabitha Ferreira’s article on Mommy Needs A Time Out. I have overexcitabilities. Too much stimulation makes me uncomfortable. I spend hours in school with students, and sometimes after spending a few hours with my children at home in the evening, I just cannot wait to have my own me time. I need time to unwind, if not I will feel really frazzled.)

Well, these are my physical and mental health goals for 2014. What are yours? Share your top health goals (both physical and mental) here and be accountable for them. Check back here by the end of 2014 and see whether you have reached your goals.

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