Monthly Archives: February 2011

Tomorrow will be a much better day for us

After almost five days in the hospital the doctor who looks after my kids broke some good news to us this afternoon. My kids are on their way to recovery from dengue infection. My son’s platelet count has increased from 90 to 120 this morning, a good sign that he is recovering well. My daughter’s platelet count, on the other hand, has yet to reach the normal level, but all other lab tests conducted yesterday and today showed positive signs that she has passed the critical stage of dengue fever. The doctor has given them a clean bill of health and permission to go home. But not to get excited about their going home, the doctor still warns the kids not to engage in stressful activities like playing. They need a few more days rest before they can go back to school. They have a lot of catching up to do with their school lessons so they need to save their energy.

My kids have surpassed another sickness and we are grateful that they did not reach that life-threatening stage of dengue fever. Although, their hospitalization has exhausted our little savings, I believe there are more reasons to be thankful for and I know things will be much better for us tomorrow.

Dengue Fever

This is our second day at the hospital.

I’m writing this update while taking a short rest from looking after my sick kids. My daughter is complaining of stomach ache right now. The doctor said stomach ache is one of the prominent symptoms of dengue fever wherein the virus has found its way to the patient’s liver. She couldn’t even lie sideways as it would only make her pain worse…she was only given a tablet to relieve the discomfort. But whatever she takes doesn’t make the pain go away. Vomitting is the only way to make her feel a little better. As for Khalil, he is beginning to show signs of improvement.

My kids were admitted Friday afternoon at Fairview General Hospital after showing signs of dengue fever. Dr. Annaliza Duran, our pediatrician for more than a decade, has ordered the kids’ confinement after verifying the result of the second blood test (Complete Blood Count and Actual Platelet Count) conducted on their blood samples at FEU Hospital. The kids had on and off fever, complaining of headache and tummy ache. Yesterday morning (Feb. 19), one of the nurses disclosed that the kids’ platelet count dropped from more than a hundred to just 71 to 37 for Khalil and Naomi, respectively. Their blood pressure is also below the normal level.

It’s Sunday morning, the result of another blood test will be out a little later. I hope something good will happen in the next few hours…I hope their platelet count particularly that of my daughter’s, has improved by then…

Friends, please include the recovery of my children in your prayers…