…..It has been a long absence from my blog….
Sorry for that and Happy New Year to all of you my dears!!!
The fact is that our week to spend in Bali, instead was spent in hospital in Singapore !!!!
This is the photographic proof :
….both Matteo and Tobia had dengue fever…. I tell you : not nice stuff at all!!!!
We left Jakarta on the morning of the 26th of December to reach Bali, where we were supposed to have a relaxing week ….
On Saturday Matteo started to have high temperature… a doctor was called and she declared that the fever was due to a sore throat….funny, because Matteo was not complaining about his throat….
A list of medicines was given and we started to treat Matteo…
On Sunday it seemed that the doctor was right, because Matteo was feeling better, but during the night between Sunday and Monday the temperature went high again….
On Monday morning, Matteo and I took a taxi to reach the capital, that is 1hour and 1/2 distant from the resort we were checked in…. Matteo was very weak and I was worried ( a lot!)…. I was hoping to reach the SOS Clinic in Denpasar without any traffic jam during our journey….
We reached the clinic with no problem and Matteo had a blood test : after one hour we knew that it was dengue…
Matteo was put in a little room, with a drip-feed : he needed to be hydrated and to be stabilised, before taking the plane to reach Singapore!!!
In the meantime, Paolo and Tobia checked out from the resort and joined us in the afternoon. I prepared a luggage with the things we needed and around 8pm, Matteo, I and a doctor (on an ambulance) went to airport to take the plane leaving for Singapore. Paolo and Tobia remained in Bali….
We reached Singapore after 2 hours flight. Luckily Matteo was sleeping all the time.
At the airport, 3 people and an ambulance were waiting for us. After 2am, Matteo was in the hospital bed and I was laying at his side on a sofa bed.
In the morning (31st of December) my husband called me, saying "Guess what? I'm at SOS Clinic with Tobia : high temperature…." After one hour it was clear : even Tobia had dengue fever….sigh…
The same evening, even my husband and Tobia were in Singapore…The morning after, Tobia was hospitalised and put in the same room with his brother…
There is no prevention or cure for dengue. Once you get it, you can be cured with panadol (temperature and pain), folic acid, some pills to calm the itchiness and drip-feeds. You have to drink a lot of water (at least 3 litres a day) and eat (not easy this part) to strength your body…
As parents we were allowed to stay with our kids from 8am to 8am, but only one was allowed as lodger for the nights, so we took turns.
Dengue fever develops with ups and downs : quiet moments alternate with bad ones and these are the worst, because you cannot do anything to help your kid to feel better…..terrible….
Luckily, Matteo and Tobia didn't need blood transfusions (this means that they didn't have any internal bleeding), so after a week they left the hospital….YAY !!!!!!!!!
We came back to Jakarta yesterday afternoon. The boys are better, but still need two weeks to have a full recover. They can go back to school, but sport activities are denied for the following 15 days.
We are back home, all together. The doctor said that 95% recover well, but 5% can have severe problems caused by dengue fever (in case of internal bleeding)…. For a while I was scared my boys could be part of this 5%…. Matteo told the doctor : with us the percentage will be reduced to the 4%!
I really appreciated his positive attitude!