Wednesday night (July 19, 2017), we noticed some small red bumpy patches in my 14-month-old son’s face. At first I thought it’s just some insect bite so I ignored it. The following morning, more red rashes showed up on his back and stomach and before sunset, both his legs and arms are covered with those red rashed too. First thing that came to mind is allergy so I gave him an antihistamine. There are no changes on his rashes and later that night he started having fever. That’s when I started to worry. Combining rashes and fever immediately summons the idea that it could be dengue.
Alas kwatro y media na ng hapon noon. Unang Lunes ng buwan at nakalaan ang oras na iyon para sa aming club meeting. Mula sa mainit na kwarto namin ay lumipat kami sa room ng isa klase sa fourth year. Naka-aircon ito at wala pang mga tao kaya agad kaming nakahanap ni Zhen ng uupuan.
Komportable akong nakaupo noon. Naka-indian seat pa ako, kasyang-kasya ako dahil medyo payat pa ako noon. Isa’t kalahating oras lang ang nakalaan sa vlub meeting kaya nag-umpisa na agad si Mrs. De Vera. Home Economics club, voting of officers, activities for first quarter, at marami pang iba.
Last May 6, 2016, I gave birth to my third (and last) child. Like his siblings, he was delivered via C-section and we needed to stay at the hospital for 4 days. Looking at my baby, like most (if not all) mothers, what I see is perfect, handsome little angel who loves to sleep a lot. Yep, even when his nappy’s full of poop, he’s still asleep. Even when all the babies are crying, he’s still sleeping. The only time he’s awake is if he’s going to eat.
Almost a week after we’re sent home, one of the nurses called us, she said there’s something they need to check on my baby and it’s about the result of his newborn screening. The next day, we’re back in the hospital and the nurse said the my baby’s result for CH (TSH) is slightly elevated and they need to redo the test. She showed me the result. Normal is 15, my son’s result is 15.18. I was confident that the second test will be OK ’cause my baby’s fine and it doesn’t look like anything’s wrong. Besides, .18 is not that much and it was taken when he was just 2 days old.
While she’s taking blood samples, I saw this poster comparing two kids with congenital hypothyroidism, one was treated early and the other one’s not.