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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hospital Stay

After almost 6 days of persistent fever, Erin was admitted to the hospital recently.   :(
My poor baby!
On her hospital bed
I expected a wailing scene when the nurses poked her hand to draw blood and for the drip. But Erin was just so, so brave. She struggled a bit toward the end of the procedure (nurses took TWO vials of blood) but she hardly made a sound or cried. So proud of her!
Both hands with plaster and board
*Sigh*, so sad to see my poor baby like that. Nurses plastered her left hand as well to prevent her from pulling the tube from her right hand.  Surprisingly, Erin wasn't very disturbed by the boards. On the next day, she could even comfortably play games on the Ipad using her two free thumbs.
Her admission was around 11pm on Monday night. Still had fever on-and-off and it spiked again on Tuesday morning.  When the doctor came to check on Tuesday, she did not give the green light for discharge, so we had to stay on for another night.
Both hubby and I stayed in the hospital with her, while Elyssa stayed over at Ah Kong and Ah Mah's house.
Going for a walk in the ward
Luckily, she didn't have any fever on Tuesday afternoon onwards and on Wednesday morning, doctor said she could be discharged.  Yay!
Happy with her balloon
The tube was removed around 11pm on Tuesday. The 3 of us went downstairs for breakfast @ Subway the following morning and she happily chose her Hello Kitty balloon right after that.
And what was the diagnosis?  Nothing conclusive actually. Dengue ruled out. Urine results showed no infection. So, the general term "viral fever" was used. She was put on drips for about 24 hours with 1 dosage of antibiotic into the last round of drips as well as standard oral paracetamol every 4-6 hours.
A part of me still thinks the fever would have ran its course anyway and the hospital stay could have been avoided. But then again, I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry. (and hubby who's Mr Panicky would have driven himself crazeee with worry!)  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

She said it!!!

Yay....... my baby can finally call me!  Ok, instead of "Mummy" it's "Ah Mee"  but that's good enough for me.  During dinner just now, she happily pointed at me and said "Ah Mee", Ah Mee" Ah Mee" in quick succession.  Yippeee Yay  :-)
I can't believe the fuss mummy is making about me saying "Ah Mee"!
Her other words:
1.  Eh Dee  (Daddy)
2.  Ah Tong (Ah Kong)
3.  Ah Mah (Ah Mah)
4.  Jah Jah (jie jie)
5.  Pohr Pohr (pom pom)
6.  Mine (mine = she says this when trying to take things from other people)
7.  NO ! 
8.  Toup (soup)
9.  Thoo (shoe)
10. I wa!  (I want)
11. Elvi (Elvis, our dog.  Either that or she's asking for an LV bag. keke)
A big improvement indeed, in just this couple of weeks. I think we're going to hear plenty of words from her very soon  :-)

Sunday, July 7, 2013


My latest craze is -- JUICING!!
I bought a second hand Hurom slow juicer about 2 weeks ago, and have been happily juicing almost every day since then.
I started off with pure fruit juices. My first attempt was a combo of apple, orange and pineapple. It was of course, very nice to drink but that wasn't my purpose of getting a slow juicer.  
Pretty soon, I got my veggies in! 
Fruit &Vege Combo - carrots, broccoli (yes, broccoli!), cucumber, turnip, lettuce, orange
Elyssa helping with the juicing
As expected, Erin didn't want to be left out!
Juice from above combo
Both girls gulped down their portion and asked for more :-)
Another Fruit & Vege Combo - carrots, celery, broccoli, organic sweet potato leaves, turnip, green apples and oranges.
Green juice from the combo above.
Hubby and I were pleasantly surprised with the taste but both girls refused to touch it
Here's a more "potent" combo - bitter gourd, carrot, celery, sweet potato leaves, turnip, apple
 Verdict : bitter but drinkable!
 I knew Elyssa won't touch the combo above, so I asked her to pick her own combo of 2 fruits and 2 vege.
She picked this for her personal combo : carrot, sweet potato leaves, orange, apple
She drank it all up !
Didn't take photo of the rest, but so far, I've also added - yellow zucchini, lemon, pomegranate, spinach, guava and Japanese cucumber.
And here's my take after 2 weeks:
a) Adding any leafy greens makes the juice a lot less palatable  :(
b) Thumbs up for carrot, celery, turnip, yellow zucchini and cucumber
c) Adding bittergourd makes the juice bitter (ahbuden!) but lemon helps a lot
On weekdays, I make these juices after work and I'm really glad to add on all these fruits and vege to the daily diet. Once, after being stuck in a particularly horrible traffic jam on the way home, a simple juice of celery and green apple made me feel much better :-)
Oh, I've been making nut milks with my juicer too. There's a lot of negative studies about cows milk (hormone injections, not meant for adult humans bla bla....). A bit worrying since we drink a lot of  cows milk in our household. Not going to go for a drastic change of zero cows milk, but I like the idea of having an alternative milk in my fridge :-)
My first attempt  - creamy, nutty, Almond milk with some added Milo.  Yuh-mee!!  

Cashew nut milk 
Made 3 rounds so far
Really loving my juicing (and nut milk) journey so far :-)