Friday, July 28, 2006

Mummy's entry - Cough, cough & cough!

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My heart aches whenever she coughs. This time is worst compared to the early weeks of her life. It started more than 2 weeks ago as a mere dry cough which was pretty mild. Then after several days, it got worst with more coughing. We went to see the doctor to get some medication but it didn’t work. In fact, the phlegm started and she had to cope with some difficulties in breathing at times.

That weekend itself, we were in the car on our way to my parent’s and I was driving while her papa was with her at the back. She started coughing slightly and my mistake was to ask her papa to give her some water then. She sort of choked on it and started coughing non-stop with long breaths like as if she’s suffocating. I got her papa to get her out for her car seat while I stopped the car by the side of the road. He was stroking her back trying to help her but the poor girl went on coughing and coughing with her face all red as if she’s struggling when she finally vomited her recent feed out. It was projectile vomiting and there was a lot that came out. And I thought that will be it but she still went on coughing as if there’s more to come out and shortly after that, some more came out. Both her papa and I were so worried as we have never seen her in this condition before. One would expect a baby to cry after going through that ordeal but this girl just went to sleep on her papa’s chest after that. Her papa had to ask me to see if she’s sleeping coz he dare not move her then. We just let her be in that position till we reached her grandparent’s. At one stage during the drive, I had to ask her papa whether she was breathing. The whole incident just made us extremely paranoid.

Since her cough was getting worst, her papa took her to her regular doctor the next day who gave her another type of medicine and said to expect the cough to be around for 2-3 weeks. It’s been more than 2 weeks and I’m glad that she is getting better except that she have a running nose too. But I’m not complaining coz she’s still her usual self and the fact that she’s back to her normal routine of sleeping through the night these past few nights. Just before this, she was waking up several times a night and we realized that it has got to with us not switching the air conditioner on…she’s one weird gal. We thought that we’re helping her with her cough by not switching it on but instead she is fussing coz she’s hot and prefers the aircond to be on.

From this episode, I got to realise how my heart bleeds whenever her bout of cough comes and I feel so helpless not being able to stop her from her sufferings. Then I thought about those moms and dads whose kids are really sick and how much more they are going through. My heart really goes out to them.

Thank you GOD for giving us such a beautiful and healthy baby!


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