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…

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