Mothers Cannot Afford to Get Sick. Period.

One of the things I worry about is my helper getting sick, because then I would have to go on leave to take care of Lia. As a preventive measure of sorts, I bought her vitamins and paid for her flu shot. I also bought vitamins for my hubby and got everyone to eat more healthy food, so that none of us would get sick.

Until I got sick.

I woke up on Friday morning with a runny nose and a tickle in my throat. I was wondering if I should just go on leave (not as a sick leave – because I wasn’t that sick… yet) but I remembered that I organised a farewell team lunch for a colleague so I decided to go to work. I wasn’t well, but I could still function, but towards late afternoon I started feeling sluggish and heavy. When I went home that night, I tried not to pick up and hold Lia as much as I normally would, and I went to sleep right after she did (around 9 pm) and asked my hubby to take charge of the two midnight feedings.

That was one of the worst nights of recent memory. I woke up several times during the night with a very dry, itchy cough, feeling light-headed and out of sorts. At around 4 or 5 am, I asked my hubby if he could go on leave because I knew I wouldn’t be able to take care of Lia.

I tried to sleep as much as I can the next day, expressing my breastmilk to give Lia the antibodies she needs to fight whatever virus or infection I had. We decided not to go to church that Sunday because Lia started sneezing several times and she had a runny nose as well.
It was frustrating for me because I was the one who was so obsessed with not getting sick, and I was the one who got sick first. It was also very difficult for me to hear Lia cry and not be the one to pick her up and soothe her. I went on leave the next Monday as I was still recuperating, and to bring Lia to Dr. Shermela Appan at The Children’s Medical Centre to make sure she was okay. The doctor gave us nose drops and nasal spray for her runny nose, as well as cough medicine, though she told me not to give her the medicine if her cough is not that bad (it wasn’t). I feel like we share the same principle in infant healthcare, i.e. to avoid giving medicine to a baby unless really needed.

I paid SGD70.00 for the check-up with below breakdown:

Consultation 45.00
Iliadin Nose Drops 8.00
Sterimar Nasal Spray 14.00
Bromhexine 3.00
Total 70.00

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