We finally found out what Lizzy has.. poor girl.
She woke up again with a fever on Thursday so we went to the clinic right away. The doctor did a physical exam and ordered blood, urine, and stool tests. Getting her blood withdrawn was our first battle. A few hours later, her blood results came out and showed a clear indication of inflammation (CRP of 48) the rest was normal. By 4pm we got her urine sample and sent it back. But her fever went up again, her tummy is aching and she’s having diarrhea. We went to a bigger hospital this time and the ER was super efficient and the doctors and nurses were super nice. While we were there, the urine result came out, she has a urinary infection. We showed her blood and urine results to the ER doctors, and also got her heart checked with an ECG (because the morning doctor heard some murmur, fortunately, nothing came out). We got antibiotics for the urinary infection, probiotics, and zinc.
That night she woke up again with more tummy pain and diarrhea. She barely eats these days so it must have been really painful.
Friday noon, she’s not getting any better and her tummy pain is coming stronger and more frequent. I decided to take her back to ER. While we were there, we got her stool tested. She has amoeba, a type of parasite!!! This could be from drinking or eating contaminated food/water.
Additional course of antibiotic to treat the parasite, 7 days, 3 times a day. Gosh…
Now, Saturday morning. Her tummy pain is still there, and diarrhea continues, but at least she’s under the right medication. Hopefully, it works and kills the parasite asap so she can be herself. The antibiotic for the urinary infection seems to be working as she doesn’t have a fever anymore, only tummy pain and diarrhea.
- going to big hospitals instead of small clinics as the small clinic didn’t even have a pediatrician on call
- when in doubt, go back to get checked. I almost hesitated to take her back 12 hrs after her first ER visit. But given how painful her tummy pain she has, I can’t just do nothing to help. I’m glad that we got to the bottom of it.
- take nothing for granted, especially healthy kids.
We suspect our water is not clean… not sure but for precautionary measures, we are using bottled water for now. Jakarta is notorious for bad water quality, so it’s not completely surprising that it could be from water, yet surprising because this building is so new and modern. Sigh….
I really need a break/rest after all this taking care of a sick kid… this is something I can’t delegate, not even to daddy, because Lizzy just wants mommy.
When she’s not having tummy pain, she acts normal, except for not having much appetite, so I just remind her to drink electrolyte water