So basically, on the 3rd day of CNY, what happened was, her lymph nodes were swollen. She complained pain she said mummy my neck is painful oh maybe lou zhen I was thinking okay lar maybe rub some bu piao la. I was so ignoreant, I said I also lou zhen , mummy also don’t sleep well so we both went to bed.
But then I felt she looked very listless and tired. Then I touched her and she said it was very painful. I asked how painful? She had fever. I touched her lymph nodes and it was painful to the touch. So I thought there was something wrong. Lou zhen is not like that. Something is wrong. The lymph nodes were swollen and she had fever.,
Okay lah I said quickly cannot wait, lets go see doctor
So the doctor gave antibiotics , Augmentin. And of course paracetemol. Augmentin brought down the swell the swell was okay, vry fast went down with 2 dose of Augmentin. But her fever did not go away. So we continued with the paracetemol two or three times a days . the augmentin was a 5 days course.
However, though her neck swell stopped hurting , the fever continued and so did her lethargy. She was very lethargic. Day 2 and day 3 the fever continued. Then she started complaining of giddiness. I wondered why the fever would not go down. The doctor then suspected it was dengue, because after the lympth nodes swelling went down were not swollen but fever persisted, something must be wrong. So we went to check for dengue markers. We went to the polyclinic for a blood test but the results were negative, all her stats were normal. We got the results within an hour.
That moment when I said lets go back to the doctor I don’t think this is right she said she felt giddy and saw purple yellow colours . how come will see colour one I said. At first we thought maybe it was puberty because she is turning 12. But we’ve never heard of menses being like that. I mean when womens’ menses come we might feel a bit faint or have pregnancy-like symptoms.
I thought this was all very unusual because my daughter is not normall like this. So I told her since you are giddy, go brush your teeth, we’ll have breakfast and go to the doctors for a second visitation.
The moment she brushed her teeth, she came out bumping into things all over – she probably lost her vision in a way . she fell but I caught her . it was almost like fits . she was very stiff. I told her “cannot faint cannot faint” and asked my mum to bring oil . she regained her consciousness and asked what happened , where is this place mummy,. But she could recognise me. She said “I see yellow . why am I like this, what did I do?”I told her you almost fainted . Can you walk? Cannot walk mummy carry you. We have to go down and see doctor. We sat her down slowly gained back drink hot water , vision come back everything stable liao . she had got a cut .
The doctor recommended a blood test. So we went to polyclinic take blood test . The results came back and my doctor was glad it was not dengue. Luckily the markers for dengue were normal. But felt strange about the persistent fever because she is already on Augmentin a very strong antibiotic. The thing is, either you go hospital because the fever has persisted for 3 days (despite antibiotics) and it seems like you don’t have dengue . maybe drip her . Or allow me to give her another brand of antibiotic but only 2 days, to go together. I asked if its too much but he said its fine. So Friday and Saturday , but Saturday you come back again. I said im okay. So long as there’s no side effects
The fever went down on Saturday . So I asked if she can go for tuition . so she went for tuition, everything else went already. Sunday morning, fever again!
I was worried – how come fever again? We can’t be eating medicine forever. I told her, okay tell you what today no tuition, no chinese tuition. So she stayed at home and the whole day she was quite listless and tired . I made nourishing soup but she was still very tired. I asked “tomorrow can you go to school or not? She said ok. So we started the week, Monday.
But she started complaining her joints pain . Wait, joint pain is dengue symptom right? Aching right ? She didn’t have it before. Before was fever, giddiness, headache, now joint pain is something new already. Wrist knuckle, ankle knee cap, . something’s not right.
When she reached school her teacher took her temperature and she almost failed the check but was allowed to go to class. She persereved through the whole day. By now it has been almost 10 days.
Monday Tues Wed, I told her no, She covered herself with blankets window closed, but complained that she was cold. Fever. We went back to the doctor. She had a temperature of 38.1. The doctor asked, why is she having a fever? In this case, I think cannot, we need to go, we need to ask your girl to go hospital. I said I thought that time blood test there was nothing. The doctor said she can go for further blood test . But we can’t do that here, you have to go to the A&E for advanced blood tests. I don’t know what the difference is.
So we went. Admit A&E. The triage doctors were also thinking about dengue. I said we had checked for dengue , for so called blood biomarkers , last week. They said the test was not valid anymore since it has been a week already. The doctors made her lie down and examined her joints for pain. Suddenly, we found a rash on her sole. We didn’t see it before. It made it more likely to be dengue – a rash , joint pain. A paediatrician came and checked everything was good. But the senior doctor said admission was warranted to do advanced blood tests. So we admitted her.
Throat swabs were taken , urine tests, activated the bone specialists just to make her bones have no major problems , in case it was due to bone or something.
In the end we stayed for 2 nights. Everything was okay, all her tests passed , so peace of mind. After that, nothing happened. So that’s it.
But the thing is… there was still some joint problem. So I’ve been thinking… is it a problem with her joints? She just has aches here and there. And during the stay in the hospital, the doctor did say that sometimes that can be due to inflammation. So he gave her anti-inflammation medication. While she was in the hospital, she recovered.
Not mostly in the hand area – other joint involved – all the joints. wrist, knuckle,
While she was there she was not on any antibiotics. Though they were ready with the drip.
I did hear that there was a case of Dengue at Dairy Farm.
She lost about 5 days. But the whole course of the illness was about 10 days. Which spontaneously resolved while she was in the hospital.
We do have followups arranged with the bone specialist .
She also had conjunctivitis – when we revisited the doctor before referral to hospital we found that she had pinkeye . During those days when she had pinkeye she had been very listless. Why are you always so tired after you came back from school? One of the eyewash we gave her for pinkeye would relieve the redness temporarily but she would complain of pain but not itchiness. So this was inflammation as well
Antibiotics only until Saturday , Sunday she was fine, Monday she went to school but came back especially tired . On Wednesday or so she had conjunctivitis and found that the redness kept returning. So she had a bone specialist and then a eye specialist see her – and made appointments to see her again.
The doctor said it could have been dengue but blood tests showed nothing. And since the fever has gone away, that meant it has stabilised. She still has a bit of joint pain but not like before when it was 10/10, now its like 2 out of 10.