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Introducing...Kitty!

Kitty is the new member of our family. It has been a long wish of mine to have a pet. Actually, the choice was either a dog or a cat. Since having a dog here in Germany makes a lot of work, we settled for a less work pet like cat.

Before we finally got Kitty, my husband bought me two Ferrets kasi nga ayaw niya ng pusa. Ferrets are very active in everyway…and most of all they stinks. I can’t let them walk around our place dahil they make dirt in every corner although they have their dirt bin. I’m also afraid they might chew-off the cables that hanging loosely behind my desk. Whoaaa! They bite too.

Goodness! It took me long til I convinced my husband that a cat is a whole lot better. At the end he finally gave up. One Saturday, we went to Extra (a supermarket) to buy some grocery goods. I spotted a blackboard where tiny slip of papers hanging. I went to see what is there and I found a family who is offering 2 baby cat for free. I called the given number and the next day we went to their place and pick up Kitty.

Gillian And Kathleen

Kc And GY
 

A sick Gillian with her loving Ate Kathleen. My husband and I spent 3 sleepless nights as our son got Exanthema subitum or Roseola infantum. In German it’s commonly known or called 3 Tages Fieber. At first we thought he only has a slight temperature due to his growing teeth. I was already worried because Gillian’s fever raised to 40 °degrees C. Suppository only helped for a short while. After 4 days, he got rashes all over his body. I thought he’s having measles or something. I showed it to my husband as he arrived home from work. And there he found out that he has ROSEOLA.

Here’s a medical explaination about ROSEOLA, this might be helpful to mothers like who knows nothing about this child illness.

ROSEOLA (EXANTHEMA SUBITUM)

About Your Diagnosis
Roseola has been diagnosed in your child by your doctor. Another name for this common illness of small children is exanthem subitum. It is important that you know that this illness is not “measles” or “German measles.” Both of these illnesses are more serious for either the child or a pregnant woman. Roseola is generally not a serious illness. Roseola is thought to be infectious, possibly caused by a type of herpes virus. Your child, however, may not have a history of exposure to others with the illness, which is usually the case. Roseola does not pose any special risk to pregnant women.

Living With Your Diagnosis
The illness is most prevalent in the child from 6 months to 3 years old. It is never seen after the age of 5 years. The illness begins with the sudden onset of fever. The child may have a temperature up to 105F. In spite of the high temperature, the child usually does not look or act very ill. The fever will last from 2 to 5 days but most frequently for 3 or 4 days. Suddenly the child will break out in a rash, and the fever will go away. The rash is rose-pink and blotchy. It appears first on the chest and upper back, then spreads to the arms and neck. At this point, the fever has disappeared and the child acts totally well.

Treatment
Because this common childhood illness is caused by a virus, there is no specific treatment. You can make your child more comfortable by treating the fever with acetaminophen or children’s ibuprofen in the doses listed in Table 1 and 2.

Table 1.

Age Weight (lb) Dose of Acetaminophen
4 – 7 months 13 – 17 80 mg every 4 hours
8 – 18 months 18 – 23 120 mg every 4 hours
1.5 – 3 years 24 – 32 160 mg every 4 hours

Table 2.

Age Weight (lb) Dose of Ibuprofen
4 – 7 months 13 – 17 not recommended
8 – 18 months 18 – 23 50 – 100 mg every 6 to 8 hours
1.5 – 3 years 24 – 32 100 mg every 6 to 8 hours

Other things you can do for the fever are to give your child lukewarm baths, have your child wear lightweight clothing, keep your child quiet, and give your child cool drinks. Because of the rapid onset of the fever, an occasional child may have what is referred to as a febrile convulsion or seizure. If this should occur, contact your physician immediately.

The DOs
Because this is such a mild illness, you should treat your child as normally as possible. There is nothing that can be done to make the illness go away any quicker. There is no special diet that the child should eat.

The DON’Ts
Because roseola is a viral infection, there is nothing that you can do to make the rash go away any faster. Therefore, do not put any cortisone creams, calamine lotion, or Vaseline on the rash. Acetaminophen or children’s ibuprofen, as discussed above, can be used to help make your child more comfortable.

When to Call Your Doctor
1) If the illness does not follow the course as outlined.
2) If your child becomes more ill, acts as if he is in pain, or does not eat or drink fairly normally. This may indicate that the child has another virus or a very rare complication.

Isolated or Not

My husband keep on asking me if I’m bored at home. Me bored? That word is not existing in my vocabulary. Paano naman kaya ako mabagot…eh ang daming trabaho dito sa bahay.

Sa tutuo lang napapabayaan ko nga minsan ang mga gawaing bahay dahil nandito na lang ako sa harap ng pc. Por dios por santo naman kasi, household chores is never ending.

I intend to learn a bit about web designing while I’m at home. In that case my time is not that worthless. Oh please don’t get me wrong. I just want to have another activity rather than just cleaning, ironing and cooking. I am that type of person who hates monotony.

Hubby keep on pushing me to go out and meet friends. Oh, well…I lost my interest to mingle with other people. I prefer to stay at home lalo na ngayon na maliit pa itong anak namin. It might sound isolation, but that’s my choice for the time being. I only go out if necessary. Siguro ganito talaga when you get older. Gusto mo na lang na manahimik. I meet friends if I feel like and not because I have to. Wow…ang taray noh?