Thursday, August 6, 2009

medical attention?

My little girl was sick the whole of last week. She started having fever on last Monday and on Tuesday, we took her to see the dr and her temperature was at 38 degrees. She had fever, flu, cough, sore throat and was feeling very lethargic. We enquired on H1N1 and the dr says that she was merely having the normal viral infection and shouldn't be having H1N1 as the main concern would be for suspected patients who have just returned from infected countries as well as those who have direct contact with someone who is having H1N1.

We were relieved and were given the normal flu, cough & throat medicine for her. 2 days later, her fever hasn't gone down, and instead went up to almost 39 degrees. We send her to a 24 hours clinic in the middle of the night and was merely given suppositories to immediately reduce her fever.

By time time, I was furious as I requested for a blood test and was denied one, as the dr was not willing to do one. We sent her to a paeditrican the following day, for her third check-up and this dr too says that there is no need for concern. Our request for blood test again was denied. So, what does it take to get an ACTUAL medical test done?

There are so many deaths happening among children these days and what does it take for the medical centres to give prompt and MORE concern for such cases?

After having fever for one week, Eryn's fever has gone down, but I had shudder to think if something could have happened to her.

And with so many people coughing and hacking and sneezing around me, do I continue life as usual without being paranoid?

13 comments:

Mummy to QiQi said...

aiyo...surely u worried like mad. actually now so many transmission among locals, even though we do not contact with those coming with overseas, also can get mah.....crazy how they think...

mumsgather said...

I feel for you. We are all talk and not doing enough. If you read this, you'd feel really enraged too, like the writer.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/8/6/focus/4462494&sec=focus

chanelwong said...

At last she is well..not easy for habing fever for such a long time...

chooi peng said...

glad that she is well now.
look like we have to tell them we are just back from oversea then only we can get to do the h1n1 test!

MamaJo said...

Same goes for Isaac when suddenly he has flu, fever and severe cough(with wheezing sound)....I think it is partly because of haze condition.....

slavemom said...

Fever for 1 wk? I'd be worried sick. Glad to hear she's fully recovered edi. But how come they can deny ur request for a blood test? They can advise u that it's not necessary, but they can't deny u the test, rite? After all, u r paying for it wat.

michelle said...

Maybe the docs afraid if they did the blood test and found H1N1, more paper work for them. By the way, for a toddler, it is very difficult to take blood. Painful process too.

jazzmint said...

aiyo...so how now? Try stop giving her rice until fully recover. Faythe also having fever, sigh :(.

H1N1 just needs a throat swab, if you wanna check, go to Sg Buloh Hosp. they will do for you. My hubby did it few nites ago cause he suspect he has H1N1, but doc ask her balik rumah.

If fever persist for 4 days and still no go down, then it's time to get the throat swab and check.

Babysmooches said...

thks mummies for your concern. Eryn has totally recovered and I've realised that some people are in the same predicament in getting verification on for blood test and throat swab.

It seems when such disease is spreading, it's not about the money that you can pay to have test done, it's probably the paperwork or having to close their clinic down for a week perhaps?

Oh well... I can only thank God that Eryn is fine now.

wen said...

good to know that she is fine now

KittyCat said...

Umm...actually there is no need to panic or go for the test unless she's in the high risk group.

My boy's fever lasted for almost a week too but since it's controllable with Nurogen (ibuprofen), I was OK. But I was watching him closely for danger signs esp breathing difficulties or extremely high fever.

No worrieslah as you've got a paed and so many clinics around! Those who are stuck in places with long, long, long lines of people should be more worried.

Be happy that she's OK now, ya?

KittyCat said...

By the way, a nose/throat swab is a more accurate way to test for H1N1 instead of a blood test. And I'm glad it's just a normal flu because I don't think you'd want your girl to go for that...

mom2ashleyaidan said...

i would be worried sick too if I were you. My paed has the H1N1 test kit but you should also check whether your paed or any other paeds have this test kit. Good to know for emergency.

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