High, High Fever

September 14, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Dearest Bint,

Just few days after Akhi had high fever and a terrible¬†cough, it was your turn eventually. Being close range siblings are like twins to both Abi and Ummi. “Kalau satu dah sakit, yang lagi satu tu tunggu sakit je.” A common expectant in sibling and family members being sick especially the common illnesses.

On the first day that you had fever was just normal fever, which subsid after medications. On the second day, your temperature seemed to shoot up to about 39.5 degrees. Alhamdulillah, it was¬†the day Akhi was to have his follow-up at the Paeditrician, so we brought you along. Seemed that you too needed the antibiotic when Nurofen no longer working. Hmmmm… my, my, my, our pocket money was really running very low (the next day is Abi’s pay day). Alhamdulillah, with Allah’s grace during this blessed month of Ramadhan, the rezk, came from some useful source – no, we did not land in any debt. Alhamdulillah. Without any discount and debt, we managed to pay for both Akhi and your medical fees.

During this period, Ummi thanked Allah the Almighty that this happened during the September 09 school holidays. Alhamdulillah, Abi was around most of the time when he was needed by you – to feed you, to carry you, to comfort you, etc, when everything that Ummi did to console you failed.

With Allah’s grace again (and again and non-stop), both Akhi and you recovered from your main sickness (high fever) by the 4th school term. Just for you, with the leftovers of cough and slight runny nose.

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah. Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laa-ilaaha illallah, Allah Akbar.


Self feed (Part II)

April 1, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

You are already turning 20 months. Yup in 4 months time, you are turning 24 months/2years old. Alhamdulillah!

Yesterday marked the first day that you fully self-feed without Ummi’s feeding you. That is over dinner. You had Salmon Fried Rice and some Coleslaw that Ummi cooked and prepared for the day. And you end the day with drinking milk. Alhamdulillah!

You are really doing great in this area of development. Alhamdulillah!



November 10, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

Since we came back from the KL trip for the haul, both Akhi and you have not been yourselves. Ummi thought it may be the changes of climate between Singapore and Malaysia. Wallahu a’lam.

Few days after the trip – Ummi sensed that your 2-week cough during sleep was getting worse. It was on Thursday that you began coughing even when you were awake. It rang the bell for Ummi to seek the doctor regarding your health.

On Friday, we went to the Paediatric clinic as the symptoms shown by you were just like Akhi’s when he had his terrible cough about a year ago – that asthmatic cough. Alhamdulillah, doctor did not diagnose you with bronchiolitis or bronchitis. You were very phelgmy when the doctor listened to your chest and back. You were prescribed the antibiotic (augmentin), phlegm medicine and also to puff you 4X with 3 puffs per session. With the medication given to you, resulted in vomitting sessions and passing motion that led to changing of bedsheets and also frequent change of clothes (Abi, Ummi and you).

Alhamdulillah, by Sunday, your cough subsid. However, you woke up at 2.30am with a very high fever. Ummi administered paracetamol and doused you in the bathtub of water for about 15 minutes until your body temperature dropped. The medication neurofen has been given to you since then as the high fever comes and goes.

The hikmah behind this maybe…. the haul this year focused on sabr(patience) and Allah is really putting us to test based on it. Allah is All Knowledgable and All Wise. So to Allah we seek help.

May Allah grant Ummi and Abi strength to overcome this challenge and many more to come in seeking patience(sabr). Ameen.


Tongue Out

July 7, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

It has been about 3-4 days in which you were refusing food that went to your mouth. You were refusing your normal porridge. You were refusing the baby bites. And almost anything that Ummi has been trying to feed you. Most of the time, you stuck out your tongue with the food given in your mouth.

“Oh no! Ya Allah, does this mean another phase of Meal Woes that I have to face? This time my daughter?”

Ummi did some reading whether you were having eating disorder, etc. Few reasons that convinced Ummi are:

* children from 1-4 years of age will tend to eat lesser than they are supposed to

* children who are turning 1 year grow and want some autonomy

* children who are turning 1 year begin to be playful

What have Ummi done so far to tackle the above problem that Ummi ever experienced with Akhi back then when he was about 1 year 1 month (when Ummi began expecting you)?

1. Cut food in chunks so it will be like finger foods

2. Allowed you to self-feed yourself, which of course turn out to be a BIG MESS

3. Tried to feed you while you were carrying out Task 2

What’s the outcome?

Initially, you ate some, about 3-5 fingerfoods. You also ate the one that Ummi fed you. Alhamdulillah.

HOWEVER, when Ummi tried to feed you more, you refused to open your mouth and stick out your tongue, pushing the food that was in your mouth out. In fact, you are able to fold your tongue to remove whatever left over from your mouth. How SMART you can be!

What’s the next step?

With Abi’s and Nyayi’s advise, Ummi breastfed you most of the time. In addition, Ummi is currently feeding you Nestum with Friso 3 just before you go to bed. Alhamdulillah, you ate although there were times when you did not want to finish the portion given, despite the forcing that Ummi tried on you to have your mouth open.

What makes you take in the Nestum? This was not successful when Ummi tried feeding you during the daytime. Well, the story goes like this…

“Yesterday we went for dinner, window-shopping and shopping at Courts, Ikea and Giant after ‘Asr. Sorry that Abi had to follow us instead of going for the haul at Masjid Khalid. Ummi just need to destress herself from the feeding woes of her 2 kids. Over dinner, you had some mashed potato and some breastmilk. The amount that you have consumed then stretched till we reached home around 10pm. Ummi knew you were tired, so Ummi tried the Nestum (alone) on you. Alhamdulillah, you ate the amount of the Ikea bowl. It was again a success today.”

Therefore, for the time being, Ummi will try give you any finger food during the day, in addition to plain water and breastmilk. And your day ends with Nestum or any food before all of us turn in. May Allah makes Ummi’s breastmilk enough for your consumption and makes you open your nafs to eat more. Ameen.