Monday 11 February 2008


It was not an enjoyable start of the Rat year for us as Crystal was down to fever from the 30th January night till the 9th February 2008. One would be surprised why the fever persisted for so long. We were very worried about that too as from doctors’ and our past experiences, fever should subside in 3 days time. The fever still coming back after the 3rd day after taking the medications that the doctor prescribed to her previously. We went to our regular kid’s clinic for consultation on the 4th day, antibiotic was given in addition to fever, cough and flu medications. The doctor asked to come back if the fever does not subside in 2 days time, that would be Chinese New Year’s eve. We were very hopeful that Crystal would recover by then as we won’t want to see doctor on the eve when everyone is in celebration mood and we are very much looking forward to Edward’s 50th birthday party. Unfortunately we have to visit the doctor on the 6th February and waited for 3 hours. We were informed by the doctor that Crystal obviously had a viral infection due to the fact that now the flu has surfaced and the fever should go away in no time and the rashes on her chest was due to the Vicks that we applied on her to relief her chesty cough and nose block. However, contrary to doctor’s advise, she still suffer from high fever and becoming weak with so many days of medications for her little 5 years old body. We were also very stressed out with sleepless nights to monitor her high temperature and think of all sort of stuff just to persuade her to take her medicine.

We decided to bring Crystal to a Chinese doctor on the 3rd day of New Year (glad that they open) early in the morning and was confirmed that the rashes on the chest and back were actually false measles and Crystal should avoid angin and heatiness stuff in her diet. There were no oral medications given except some herbs for bathing for 3 days and thereafter some herbs for cooling. We were so pleased that her fever went off the next day after the 1st bathe. Thank God for that!!

Herbs for bathing (need to be boiled for half an hour, though..)

Herbs that have cooling effect (Dried Chrysanthemum & Kim Yun Fa) add some rock sugar for better taste

Just thought we could get live back to normal after all the stressful days, Pearl’s turn again. What a start of the Rat year for us, I wonder??? We bathe Pearl with the same herbs in case she got the same virus. So much so we tried to avoid them get close to each other but the virus is highly contagious that there is not much we could do especially when they are in the same house all the time. OMRON Gentle Temp Instant Ear Thermometer MC-510 comes in handy again. It makes life so much easier when body temperature can be obtained with a few clicks. pearl's fever still comes on and off despite having flu, really need to monitor closely.

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