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Thank you all so much for your prayers, her fever did finally break last night but she remains on the dextrose IV and antibiotics for just a couple of more days hopefully. She hasn't eaten since Saturday but is finally taking sips of water and talking a little. I was worried that the antibiotics were counterfeit too there for a while or just ineffective ,the name of it is Zinacef and they were reluctant to change it to a different one. My wife and I spent 3 full days checking her temperature every hour before it started working.  CardiacKid is right injectable or IV drugs are not allowed from outside but if admitted they give an 18% discount at the in house pharmacy. The pediatric infectious disease specialist grilled us about had we eaten street food prior to her illness. we had not .Apparently there is a lot of typhoid fever going around too with some children admitted there for that as well.   We will stick to Jollibees and McDs from now on.  Though we are not out of there yet I must agree Chong Hua is a pretty good hospital .The young male ER nurse when we first arrived botched inserting the IV in my child's arm, it took him 3 stabs, 2 needles and a lot of blood before he got it, It was horrifying and I guess I was judging the whole hospital on that so thanks again for  the prayers and words of encouragement to help us through our ordeal. God bless you all. 

 

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Alfred E. Neuman

Whew!

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Mr. Mike

Sounds like great news!!!!

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billy
On 9/20/2017 at 2:44 AM, MartyC said:

A few days ago my 3 year old baby girl had a sudden onset of fever but was still active and playing so we treated it with Tylenol and Motrin hoping it would get better . After 3 days she stopped eating and drinking so we brought her to Chong Hua hospital . We admitted her and have been here 3 days now , spending thousands of pesos on IV fluids ,medication ,blood tests, nebulizing ,and finally antibiotics (after ruling out dengue) . They think it's pneumonia but they are unsure if it's viral or bacterial and the antibiotics are not working . She still has a high grade fever I mean like 105 and 106 degrees. , My wife and I are up all night and day sponging her and praying, and crying. I don't know what to do . Is this the best hospital for her to be? I am so worried and don't know what to do. Tomorrow they are bringing an infectious disease specialist to look at her. Are these doctors competent? 

They have some of the best doctors in Cebu.good luck we will all pray for a speedy recovery

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JohnSurrey
2 hours ago, MartyC said:

Thank you all so much for your prayers, her fever did finally break last night but she remains on the dextrose IV and antibiotics for just a couple of more days hopefully. She hasn't eaten since Saturday but is finally taking sips of water and talking a little. I was worried that the antibiotics were counterfeit too there for a while or just ineffective ,the name of it is Zinacef and they were reluctant to change it to a different one. My wife and I spent 3 full days checking her temperature every hour before it started working.  CardiacKid is right injectable or IV drugs are not allowed from outside but if admitted they give an 18% discount at the in house pharmacy. The pediatric infectious disease specialist grilled us about had we eaten street food prior to her illness. we had not .Apparently there is a lot of typhoid fever going around too with some children admitted there for that as well.   We will stick to Jollibees and McDs from now on.  Though we are not out of there yet I must agree Chong Hua is a pretty good hospital .The young male ER nurse when we first arrived botched inserting the IV in my child's arm, it took him 3 stabs, 2 needles and a lot of blood before he got it, It was horrifying and I guess I was judging the whole hospital on that so thanks again for  the prayers and words of encouragement to help us through our ordeal. God bless you all. 

 

I'm glad she's alright MartyC - our 3 year old (and most of her class mates and older brother) have been suffering on and off from a quite nasty virus the last couple of months that also causes fever, coughing and runny nose - many of the Doctors here prescribe Antibiotics when they're not appropriate... mostly just to appease the parents I think.

If I had my way my kids would never go to Jollibee...  most of the time we feed ours fresh fish (Yellow or Blue fin Tuna) and vegetable soup prepared at home with clean water.

Sadly, medicine here is a business.

 

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billy
21 minutes ago, JohnSurrey said:

I'm glad she's alright MartyC - our 3 year old (and most of her class mates and older brother) have been suffering on and off from a quite nasty virus the last couple of months that also causes fever, coughing and runny nose - many of the Doctors here prescribe Antibiotics when they're not appropriate... mostly just to appease the parents I think.

If I had my way my kids would never go to Jollibee...  most of the time we feed ours fresh fish (Yellow or Blue fin Tuna) and vegetable soup prepared at home with clean water.

Sadly, medicine here is a business.

 

That's easy to say but when your child is very sick and your doctor prescribes a certain medicine your afraid to go against the doctor.

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JohnSurrey
35 minutes ago, billy said:

That's easy to say but when your child is very sick and your doctor prescribes a certain medicine your afraid to go against the doctor.

Just telling you like it is here ... in my experience.

I give my children loads of medicine because my wife likes all that - If it was only down to me I wouldn't do it - having said that - it's different here - fever can develop very quickly and your child can become sick quite quickly and if you panic (which my wife always does) then you're down the doctors asap and taking whatever it is they prescribe.

We've just finished 10 days or antibiotics with antihistamine, nasal decongestants and mucolytics... Children are still coughing, still got colds... To me it's a virus - nothing is going to happen until the child's body fights it off... does taking all that crap help them fight it off - I don't think so but I'd be single quite quickly if I didn't go along with it.

 

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Lee

Marty our prayers are with you and your daughter, great to read that she is getting better.

 

IMHO Vitamins and proper diet are what is often missing in the Philippines, thus giving the bodies natural immune system help to fight off things that come its way, IMO prevention is the best cure for most of us.

 

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samatm

Marty- So glad to hear.  What a trying time to be here only  a few months and have a rabies scare and now this..  You guys are being tested.  Hang in there!    I put myself and family on Vitamin C -- to build up the immune system.   We also take natural barley juice regularly.     Stuff really works.    I really hope they figure out what was attacking your lil girls system.      Best medicine here is to preventative...   As Good as chung Hua is (by Cebu standards) its still scary And I have had surgery there and other tests..)  Best to stay out of the place. 

 

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Mandingo

Great to hear she's better......thoughts and prayers. 

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9 hours ago, MartyC said:

The young male ER nurse when we first arrived botched inserting the IV in my child's arm, it took him 3 stabs, 2 needles and a lot of blood before he got it

The same thing happened to me at CDUH in Cebu when I had dengue fever. The young nurse ripped my vein trying to insert an IV, and the area under my skin quickly filled with blood (along with blood oozing out). I asked for a more experienced nurse who knew how to insert an IV, and one appeared almost immediately. That nurse inserted the IV with no problem. You have to remember that every hospital in the Cebu metro area is a teaching hospital, so there are a lot of inexperienced nurses running around. Most of the time, that doesn't cause any problems, but if it does, don't hesitate to ask for somebody with experience to do whatever needs to be done.

On antibiotics, we insist on Azithromycin. There are a lot of antibiotic-resistant germs in the Philippines, but Azithromycin seems to still work on all of them. Some doctors are hesitant to prescribe it as a first defense because they want to try weaker antibiotics first, but having your child (or you or your wife) suffering needlessly (or longer than necessary) because the doctor prescribed a weak antibiotic is nonsense.

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M.C.A.
9 hours ago, JohnSurrey said:

Just telling you like it is here ... in my experience.

I give my children loads of medicine because my wife likes all that - If it was only down to me I wouldn't do it - having said that - it's different here - fever can develop very quickly and your child can become sick quite quickly and if you panic (which my wife always does) then you're down the doctors asap and taking whatever it is they prescribe.

We've just finished 10 days or antibiotics with antihistamine, nasal decongestants and mucolytics... Children are still coughing, still got colds... To me it's a virus - nothing is going to happen until the child's body fights it off... does taking all that crap help them fight it off - I don't think so but I'd be single quite quickly if I didn't go along with it.

 

John, many of the kids in our area and my grandson all suffer some form of respiratory troubles until they get older, main reason we bought a Nebulizer they run from 1000 pesos on up but are a real life saver late at night or on a Sunday when everything is closed.  Diet is big deal also, toddlers are picky so finding the right meals and also liquid vitamins really help.

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Monsoon
13 hours ago, MartyC said:

her fever did finally break last night

Really glad to hear your daughter is on the mend. My little one is three as well - I can't begin to imagine what you went through! 

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sierra01

My filipino friend's 3 yo daughter is literally allowed to do whatever she likes, virtually no discipline.  It takes them a generous hour just to feed her because they allow her to do everything but eat, and then its 90% rice because she wont eat much else.  And guess what...shes often sick, colds, temperatures, and whatnot.  She doesn't get the variety of vitamins and minerals she needs from a mostly rice diet.  When she's sick they stuff her full of all manner of prescribed and OTC medicine but it happens over and over again.

Myself, I've had more ear infections in the past 9 months here than I've had in 30 years in the UK, amoxil sorts it out easily enough though, and I eat a reasonably varied and balanced diet.

I need an operation, not urgent but it still needs to be done, and I've decided to have it done back in the UK and combine it with seeing family and friends because of the cost here and questionable medical standards I keep reading about.

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JohnSurrey
1 hour ago, M.C.A. said:

John, many of the kids in our area and my grandson all suffer some form of respiratory troubles until they get older, main reason we bought a Nebulizer they run from 1000 pesos on up but are a real life saver late at night or on a Sunday when everything is closed.  Diet is big deal also, toddlers are picky so finding the right meals and also liquid vitamins really help.

Good idea MCA - I'm not sure where Grandma's nebulizer went after she died - perhaps I ought to find out!

Yes... we have a fridge full of vitamins too...  :D

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