Monday, 11th August 2014
My wife is feeling quite unwell. We decided to go to hosital and while at it, to pass by the paeditrician’s just to be sure that Gio’s cough is not something more serious, and to check on his milestone progress – justifying the KShs 2,000/- cost.
We went to the the clinic we usualy go to and found many people waiting to be seen, so we decided to go to the paeditrician instead, so that Gio could be seen then let to sleep. There were many children there as well. Gio walked up and down, played with the furniture and switch.
At some point he crawled on the floor and my wife immediately asked me to go wash his hands. I went with him to the Gents and washed his hands with soap (and water of course). He was afraid of the hot air hand drier.
Then Gio started getting cranky. He still had not had his mid-morning sleep. After waiting for maybe one and half hours we left to attend to some other matters and to let Gio sleep in the car as we drove. Gio slept for a little over an hour. Meanwhile, my wife called a doctor friend of ours who recommended some medicine. We went back to the clinic and finally saw the paeditrician. Despite his resistance, she managed to look at Gio’s ears and throat and said he was generally okay. He was overcoming the cough. My wife asked her about cough medicine and she said OTC cough medicine is not recommended for three reasons – they cause sleep, while the child is supposed to be taking lots of fluid. Secondly, if other problems arise, you can never know if it is due to the sedation of the original problem. Thirdly, they cause dryness of the throat which inhibits the ejection of what the body is trying to get rid of through coughing. She recommended giving a warm mixture of honey, orange juice squeezed from oranges (as opposed to shop-bought juice), cinnamon powder, a little ginger and turmeric. She said we should give a few spoonfuls of this every two to three hours. However, she gave us a prescription of what to get just in case Gio seems to get worse. We found that the consultation fee had been revised to KShs. 3,000/=
We bought some oranges on the way home and gave him juice mixed wih warm water and honey.
That night, my wife went to bed pretty early. Before 9:00. The nanny gave Gio some more of the honey/orange mixture.
My wife did not get to see a doctor.
Tuesday, 12th August
My wife woke up feeling much better.
At night, my wife fed Gio some pineapple.
After some minutes, he started moving back and forth, whining and rubbing his lips. Apparently the pineapples had cut his mouth and it was paining him. He ate his supper amidst some crying. I felt sorry for him.
Friday, 15th August
My cousin visited. Gio enjoyed playing with him.
Saturday, 16th August
Gio whining at night, Woke up at 7:00. He had pooped and it had leaked out of his diaper. My wife took him to the bathroom to wash him. He was crying when she poured water on him. His willy was swollen. My wife thought maybe the poop had scorched him. I Googled. It may be an infection. Later, when my wife was changing his diaper, I asked if he had peed. No. Maybe the tract is blocked. Off to hospital we went (I think I scared my wife). Lab test showed no infection, but a culture test’s results will be out in about 72 hours. Meanwhile, the doctor prescribed medicines to generally treat Urinary Tract Iinfections.
Later, we went to our friends’ new house. Gio enjoyed playing there and sitting and lying on the dusty floor of the empty house. And outside too. His clothes got very dusty.
Sunday, 17th August
Our Marriage Enrichment Group was meeting at our house today. Gio skipped his afternoon nap altogether, preferring to play with the children of the Group members.